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Members of the Salzburg College staff have worked with American students for many years. They provide the planning and the support system for your study abroad experience. They want you to have a wonderful and rewarding “time of your life”.

Phoebe Mayer

As Managing Director, Phoebe Mayer plans and coordinates all practical aspects of the Salzburg College programs. She works closely with Salzburg College partners and affiliates to ascertain a study abroad experience that meets your individual needs and expectations.

Phoebe Mayer holds an MA and an MBA from the University of Salzburg and previously worked in academic and tourism management. As an Austrian and American citizen who was educated on both continents, Phoebe Mayer is well prepared to support you in your new cultural environment.

Birgit Breninger

As the Graduate Programs Director, Birgit Breninger is in charge of all graduate level studies at Salzburg College. Dr. Breninger has created several innovative degree programs with an increased academic rigor within the cross-disciplinary context of Intercultural Studies. She has been the driving academic force behind curriculum expansion here at Salzburg College. She is also a strong believer in a holistic approach to education, which features interdisciplinary collaboration on all levels. Her increased emphasis on the core competencies “achievement – self-initiative – responsibility” within the intercultural context in all our programs ensures that our graduates are fit for the future global workplace.

Dr. Breninger holds an MA in Communication as well as English and American Studies from the University of Salzburg, an MA in Race and Gender from Oxford Brookes University, and a PhD in English and American Studies with an emphasis in Cultural Studies and Gender from the University of Salzburg.

Andrea Steiner-Cardell

As Academic Programs Manager, Andrea Steiner-Cardell works closely with faculty and students to establish a personalized academic program that fits your individual needs. You can count on her as your academic and personal advisor throughout your semester in Salzburg.

Originally from Carinthia, Andrea received a BA in German Studies as well as a Magister (MA) in Teacher Education for General Secondary Education in German, Philosophy and Psychology from the University of Vienna. After her Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistantship, she focused working on a MA in Austrian Studies.

Aside from working on her next MA, she loves reading. If she is not lost in a book, she can be found trying a new baking recipe in the kitchen, practicing yoga, or hiking somewhere in the Austrian mountains.

David Goldman

As Director of Outreach and Engagement, David Goldman works closely with students, faculty, and partner institutions to coordinate and enhance all aspects of the study abroad experience. He also works with faculty members and representatives from Salzburg College's partner institutions to oversee and support accreditation, quality assurance, certification, and related topics. In addition, David contributes to the Salzburg College's marketing, outreach, and recruitment efforts while seeking opportunities to develop new and innovative programs.

Originally from Maryland, David has been living in Salzburg since 2002. He received a BA in History and African Studies from The Colorado College where he also spent a semester studying abroad in Zimbabwe. He earned a Magister (MA) degree in Contemporary European History from the University of Salzburg where his research focused on form and function of Holocaust memory and education in contemporary society.

David enjoys reading, music, following current events, and exploring the amazing natural and cultural beauty of Salzburg and the surrounding areas year-round by foot, bike, ski, or whatever else he can find.

He is always ready to have a cup of good coffee and even better conversation with Salzburg College students, faculty, alumni, or whoever walks in the door.

Thomas Kaltenbacher

Our Director of Research, Thomas Kaltenbacher, plays a central role in forming the vision, shaping directions of change and in designing and delivering the research strategy of the InterCultural Center here at Salzburg College.

As a key member he takes on a crucial role within the ICC by managing all research areas in addition to serving as the Clinical Director of the Salzburg Speech Clinic as well as the Director of the Salzburg Institute for Reading Research.

Dr. Kaltenbacher holds a PhD in Applied Linguistics (Psycho- Neuro- and Clinical Linguistics) and an MA in Linguistics from the University of Salzburg as well as a Diploma of Advanced Studies from Oxford Brookes University.


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