I enjoy engaging and motivating students to learn a foreign language. Whether it be for business or personal reasons, speaking a foreign language opens up a world of possibilities and opportunities for further learning.
I specialized in teaching Russian language and culture and teach courses such as Contemporary Russian Politics, Traditional Human Security in Russia, and Russia in Transition.
As an Associate Professor, I have taught Russian Studies at the Defense Language Institute and served as a Branch Chief of the Russian Arms Control Speaking Proficiency Course (RACSPC) and Resident Post-Basic Russian Program at Continuing Education, DLIFLC.
From 1998 to 2013, I instructed and supervised the instruction of more than 600 DTRA (Defense Threat Reduction Agency) interpreters from the four military services. This had a direct and positive impact, contributing to the success supporting hundreds of arms control missions, and ad hoc support to other Department of Defense and US Government entities.
I have received Achievement Medal for Civilian Service (Department of the Army), and The DTRA Deputy Director’s Coin for Excellence.
Russian Language and Culture; Pedagogy; Contemporary Russian politics.
Master of Arts, Teacher of English Language: Kiev State Pedagogical Institute of Foreign Languages (new name: Kiev State Pedagogical University of Foreign Languages), Kiev, Ukraine
Master of Science, Teacher of Physics: Leningrad State Pedagogical Institute (new name: St. Petersburg State Pedagogical University), St. Petersburg, Russia.