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Pamela Saur takes seat on international panel

Pamela Saur, regents’ professor of German in the Lamar University Department of English and Modern Languages, has been appointed to an advisory board for an international scholarly organization supported by the United Nations.

Other members of the board hail from around the world – from Korea and China to countries in Europe and Africa.

“Not everyone realizes that many Lamar faculty members are involved in their academic fields on national and international levels,” said Saur, a Lamar faculty member since 1988. “I’m proud to bring this recognition to my own scholarly activity and to Lamar University.”

In 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2010, Saur delivered papers at a biennial conference of the organization in Vienna, Austria. The affiliated on-line journal published all the papers. In 2010, Saur also served as co-chairman of her panel, helping to recruit participants, edit papers for presentation and publication and organize a dinner for panelists. She also presided over the panel.

The organization is often referred to as INST, Saur said, but its full name, translated to English, is the Research Institute for Austrian and International Literature and Culture Sciences. Its journal is TRANS: Internet Journal for Cultural Sciences.

The Texas State University System honored Saur as a 2010 regents’ professor, the system’s highest faculty award. Lamar University has honored her as both university scholar and university professor. Through scholarly pursuits, she has produced more than 100 publications, including books, book chapters and reviews, encyclopedia entries and joural articles, as well as acting as editor of peer-reviewed professional journals.