Currently I am the Director of the Indiana University Summer Language Workshop and a faculty member in the Department of Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures.
I earned a Masters in Russian from UA.
Studying in the department started me on the path to my career and the faculty especially had a tremendous impact on me. Grace Fielder and John Leafgren introduced me to Slavic linguistics and taught me entirely new and very exciting ways to think about and look at language. It's not an exaggeration to say that I pursued a doctorate in Slavic linguistics just because I didn't want to stop learning about the ideas and approaches they introduced me to. George Gutsche taught me many things about being a scholar in and beyond the classroom and the library. He introduced me to professional conferences, publications and organizations. After I graduated he taught me a few more lessons about professional integrity and accountability. Alex Dunkel's work with the Critical Languages Program and LCTL pedagogy and administration really influenced me when I started my career at UCLA. I still turn to the CLP for information and materials. Del Phillips introduced me to language pedagogy and this is now at the center of my career. Finally, I try to emulate the faculty, especially George and Grace, when working with graduate students. Based on their example, I try to always remember our students are our future colleagues.