Ulrike Malandro

  • Instructor I
  • National Second Vice President of Delta Phi Alpha

Ulrike (Rikki) Malandro has been teaching German at the University of Pittsburgh since 2005. In addition, she has also taught German courses at Duquesne University and Carnegie Melon University in the past.

A native German, she obtained a BA in English Literature at Washington & Jefferson College before switching to Germanic Literature at the University of Pittsburgh. During her studies at Washington & Jefferson College in Washington, PA, she specialized in Victorian and Regency Literature and the works of Patrick O’Brian as they relate to leadership positions within the confines of a Royal Navy Ship and the administration of the Royal Navy (independent study).

At the University of Pittsburgh, she is passionate about teaching German to beginning and intermediate level students and building a conducive relationship between the faculty and the student body. She also creates a healthy community with discourse between language learners in her extra-curricular activity called “Spieleabend mit Frau Malandro” (game night with Frau Malandro) and her advisory role with Delta Phi Alpha, the National German Honors Society.


  • GER 101: Beginning German 1
  • GER 102: Beginning German 2
  • GER 103: Beginning German 3
  • GER 201: Intermediate German 1
  • GER 202: Intermediate German 2


  • Phi Beta Kappa Society, 2005
  • Sigma Tau Delta: International English Honors Society, 2004


Delta Phi Alpha Advisor
Host of “Spieleabend mit Frau Malandro”
Goethe-Institut Tester (A1, A2, B1, B2)

Education & Training

  • MA in Germanic Literature University of Pittsburgh, 2008
  • BA, summa cum laude, in English Literature Washington & Jefferson College, Washington, PA