Nora M. Alter is former Chair of Film and Media Arts, the founding director of the Venice Study Away program, and the current Director of FMA Study Away Programs at Temple University. Prior to joining the Temple faculty in 2009 she was a Research Professor in the Departments of English and German and Affiliate faculty in Jewish Studies, Women and Gender Studies at the University of Florida, Gainesville. Alter received her PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Pennsylvania and is fluent in English, French and German. She has extensive experience teaching and researching abroad in Paris, Berlin and Venice. In 2005 she was awarded the DAAD Prize for Distinguished Scholarship in German and European Studies. From 2008-2010 she was elected the President of Women in German. Alter has been awarded year-long research fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Howard Foundation and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.