Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Valentina Freeman

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.

RULA 8325 - Current Social & Political Issues      
RULA 8353 – Contemporary Russia      
RULA 8425 - Russia in Transition
RULA 8392 – Traditional Human Security in Russia  
RULA 8342 -  Politics & Society In Modern Russia I
RULA 8349 -  Politics & Society in Modern Russia II