Instructor, Latin and Greek, St. Xavier College, Chicago, 1926-1932. Instructor Latin, Mount Holyoke College, 1932-1933. Instructor Latin, German and ancient history Mount Holyoke-in-Hartford, Connecticut, 1933-1934.
Instructor German, Mount Holyoke College, 1934-1936, assistant professor, 1936-1938. Instructor German, University of Chicago, 1938-1940, assistant professor and acting department chairman German, 1940-1943. Associate professor, department chairman Germanic langs. and literature, 1943-1948, professor, since 1948, department chairman, 1948-1956, Chairman of Commission on medieval studies, since 1963.
Exchange professor of University Frankfurt, Germany, 1949-1950. Edward L. Ryerson traveling fellow in Roman archaeology, 1930-1931, Order North Star, Swedish Government, 1957. Commander’s Cross Order of Merit Federal Republic of Germany.
Helena Margaret Gamer fellowship established in her honor University of Chicago, 1965.