Willard Martin

Willard Martin

Professor of German

428 Burrowes Building
Office Phone: (814) 863-7484


  1. Ph.D. Pennsylvania State University, 1973
  2. M.A. Goshen College, 1966
  3. B.A. Goshen College, 1961


Throughout his career, Dr. Martin has combined teaching and administration. His teaching has included a variety of undergraduate courses in German language, literature, and culture. In administration he was director for academic affairs at the McKeesport Campus of Penn State, academic dean of Goshen College, and chief administrator and dean of the Schwäbisch Gmünd campus of UMUC in Germany. He served on many committees at these locations and as a board member of the Pennsylvania German Society for nine years and the James Byrnes Society in Stuttgart, Germany, for five. He directed a study abroad group for a semester in the former East Germany and a study abroad program for two years in Marburg, Germany. At Penn State he and a colleague did research on the Pennsylvania German dialect, and he started a course on Pennsylvania German culture. He has given numerous speeches on the Amish and plain Mennonites to a variety of groups and organizations. Currently he teaches mostly elementary and intermediate German courses and an evening section of Pennsylvania Germans: The Culture of the Sectarians in the spring semester.