Pamela Saur, Ph.D.

Distinguished Professor Emerita of English

Pam Saturn
Dr. Saur taught English and German at Lamar University from 1988-2015, where she was awarded the titles of Texas State University System Regents Professor and Lamar University Professor and University Scholar. She has studied in Vienna and earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in German from the Univerity of Iowa and an M.Ed. in English Studies from the University of Massachusetts at Boston. She has published numerous scholarly articles and book chapters, monographs on Ernst Weiss and Adalbert Stifter, and four translations of Austrian books with Ariadne Press in Riverside, California.


University of Iowa

  • B.A. With honors. Majors: German & European Literature and Thought, 1970
  • M.A. German, 1972
  • Ph.D. German, 1982

University of Massachusetts at Boston

  • M.Ed. English as a Second Language (ESL) Studies, 1982-84

Residence and courses in Deutsches Haus, University of Minnesota, Summer, 1968
Junior Year Abroad, Institute of European Studies & University of Vienna, 1968-69
French language courses, University of Paris, France, Summer, 1969

Teaching Positions

Graduate Teaching Assistant, German, University of Iowa, 1970-1974
Acting Instructor, German, Louisiana Tech University, 1982, 2 terms
Assistant Professor, German & English, Auburn University at Montgomery, 1984-1988
Lecturer, Assistant, Associate & Full Professor, German & English, Lamar University, 1988-2015
Part-time German Teacher, Thomas Jefferson High School, Port Arthur, TX, 1988-1989

Selected Courses Taught

German I-V; Composition, ESL, Asian, World, American, British & German Literature; Teaching ESL, Linguistics, Psycholinguistics, Sociolinguistics, Cross-Cultural Communication, The Short Story, Heroes and Anti-Heroes, The Drama, Modern Drama. Some Honors courses. Graduate courses & committees.

Awards and Honors

Selected Academic Awards Received at Lamar University

College of Arts & Sciences Research Award, 1995
University Scholar, 2007
University Professor, 2007
Texas State University System Regents Professor, 2010
Distinguished Professor Emerita, 2015
Several Development Leaves and Research Enhancement Grants

Awards Received from the Conference of College Teachers of English

Randall Popkin Rhetoric Award, 2010
World Literature Award, 2000, 2001, and 2019
Frances Hernandez Teacher-Scholar Award, 2018

Selected Scholarly Publications

Ernst Weiss: Life, Works and Legacy of a Czech Literary Master and Friend of Franz Kafka, 1882-1940. Pasadena: Academia Press, 2012.

The Spiritual Meaning of Material Things in the Novels of Adalbert Stifter: A Study in Poetic Realism. Lewiston, N.Y.: Mellon Press, 2015.

Translated volumes (German to English) by Ariadne Press, Riverside, CA.:
Escaping Expectations: Stories by Austrian Women Writers, 2001.
Herbert Zand, Legacy of Ashes, 2001.
Graziella Hlawaty, Broken Songs: An Adolescent in War-Torn Vienna, 2005.
Rosa Mayreder, Gender and Culture, 2009.

Co-edited volume with Margarete Lamb-Faffelberger
Visions and Visionaries in Contemporary Austrian Literature and Film. NY: Peter Lang, 2004.

Numerous published articles, book reviews, and reference book entries. Various editorial roles.

Papers delivered at numerous state, regional, national and international conferences.