College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Christian J.C. Beer

Primary office:
(785) 864-9250
2084 Wescoe Hall

I was born and raised in Wunsiedel, Germany. It's a very small town about 3.5 hours north of Munich. My father is originally from there and my mother was born and raised in Prague. Needless to say I was brought up bilingually, speaking both German and Czech.

I came to The University of Kansas in 2004 and obtained a Bachelor's Degree in May of 2008. I then moved to Denver for a year of OPT, managing an iconic bike shop and learning the ropes of retail.I moved back to Lawrence in the summer of 2009 and started on my MBA at Washburn University. I graduated with Honors from Beta Gamma Sigma late spring 2011, after a brief study-abroad trip to China. I got married a week after I returned and began my professional career.

I am very excited to be joining the SLLC and look forward to be working with all of you. I can already tell that there is an immensely positive atmosphere and I can't wait to contribute. I am looking forward to share my international background, my languages, and my professional experience with you and with the students we will be working with.  I know first-hand the importance of knowing several languages, as it has opened many doors for myself. Through extensive travel throughout Europe, Asia, Indonesia, China and Morocco I was also lucky to experience many different cultures first-hand. My goal is to help create a meaningful experience for our students, and make them feel welcomed and cared for at the SLLC.



Our Statement on Diversity in support of Rock Chalk Invisible Hawk and the University of Kansas Black Student Union’s efforts to combat racism.
The School of Languages & Cultures serves as a gateway to understanding the diversity of the world, through learning languages, literatures, and cultures, past and present. Through its research and teaching, the SLLC offers students opportunities for deep engagement with a wide range of languages, literatures, and cultures that provide the knowledge and skills to interact with and understand the world. The faculty and students who teach, research, and learn in the SLLC consider issues of diversity fundamental to all of our work. The study of others' languages, literatures, and cultures enables us to develop deep empathy and perspective informs the way that we approach issues before us, whether on a personal, local, regional, national, or global scale. Therefore take it as axiomatic that the SLLC stands for a campus that is committed to the meaningful sharing, contemplation, and discussion of ideas that emerge from multiple cultural perspectives and experiences. We continually rededicate ourselves to the principle of diversity. We strive to create an atmosphere where all students and faculty feel comfortable and welcome to express their views as well as work together to solve conflict. Further, we view our mission as a center of diversity on a flagship campus as requiring us to lead by example.

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