LUBOV V. ISKOLD
Associate Professor of Russian
Director, Language Learning Center
Co-director, Russian Studies Program
Department of Languages, Literatures & Cultures
Office: (484) 664-3516
Home: (610) 433-4256
Ed.D. Curriculum and Instruction, with a concentration in Educational Technology.
Lehigh University, May 1999
M.A. Educational Linguistics. University of Chernivtsy, Ukraine, 1975
B.A. Linguistics, Russian Language & Literature.
University of Chernivtsy, Ukraine, High Honors, 1973
Associate Professor of Russian, Co-director, Russian Studies Program, and
Director, Language Learning Center, 1999-to present
Instructor of Russian and Director, Language Learning Center, 1995-1999
Muhlenberg College, Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures
PREVIOUS ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS:
Lecturer in Russian, Muhlenberg College (part-time), 1992-1995
Adjunct Professor of Russian and ESL, Northampton Community College (part-time), 1991-1994
Instructor of Russian, Parkland Senior High School (part-time), 1991-1993
Instructor of ESL, Allentown JCC (part-time), 1991-1993
Professor of Foreign Language Methods, University of Chernivtsy, Ukraine, (part-time), 1985-1990
Instructor of English, Fedkovich High School, Chernivtsy Ukraine, 1975-1985
ACADEMIC HONORS AND GRANTS AWARDED:
Summer Research Grant to examine computer-mediated communication, 2007
Sabbatical Leave Research: “Sociocultural Approaches to Language Study:
Thinking through Vygotskian Theories,” Spring 2007
FCT Service-Learning Research Grant, 2006
Public Engagement Project grants, Faculty Seminar and research for course development, 2002
Faculty Development grant for research on Russian Nobel Prize winners in literature, 2000
Mellon Grant Project, summer stipend for research and interdisciplinary web design, 1999
Mellon Grant Project, summer stipend for planning the assessment phase of the project, 1998
Dissertation research grant, Muhlenberg College, 1997
Mellon Grant Project, summer stipend for directing courseware design by Team II, 1996
Mellon Grant Project, summer stipend for directing courseware design by Team I, 1995
Academic Excellence Award, College of Education, Lehigh University, 1995, 1996, 1997
National Award for Excellence in Teaching, Ukraine, 1985
COURSES TAUGHT AT MUHLENBERG COLLEGE
RUS 101: Elementary Russian I
RUS 102: Elementary Russian II
RUS 203: Intermediate Russian I
RUS 204: Intermediate Russian II
RUS 301, 302 (W): Russian Conversation & Composition
RUS 303, 304 (W): Advanced Russian Conversation & Composition
RUS 305, 306 (W): Readings in Russian Literature (L)
RUS 320, 321 (W): Russian Culture & Civilization/in English (A)
RUS 402: XX Century Russian Literature in Translation (L)
FYS 149: First Year Seminar: “Strangers in Paradise
INDEPENDENT STUDIES DERECTED AT MUHLENBERG COLLEGE
DNA 975 Dana Directed Study: XIX Century Russian Art on Stamps (Christine Simmen)
DNA 975 Dana Directed Study: The Immigrant Narrative (Rachel Miller)
RUS 970 Byzantine Art in Russia (Katherine Clauss)
RUS 970 Modern Russian Immigration (April Ross)
RUS 970 Post WWII Soviet Literature in Translation (Greg Kisver)
RUS 970 Propaganda in Soviet Film (Elias Saratovsky)
RUS 970 Business Russian (Mike Saratovsky)
RUS 970 Business Russian (Nikolay Pandoursky)
RUS 970 Medical Russian (Stephanie Melka)
Iskold, L. Research-based Listening Tasks for Video Comprehension. In Handbook of Research
on Computer- Enhanced Language Acquisition and Learning. Felicia Zhang & Beth
Barber (Eds.). Information Science References, IGI Global, NY: 2008, (116-135).
Articles in Peer-reviewed Journals:
Iskold, L. (2005). Watching Video in a Language Classroom. Academic Exchange
Quarterly, 8 (3), pp. 86-92.
Iskold, L. (2003). Building on Success, Learning from Mistakes: Implications for the Future.
The C.A.L.L. Journal, 16 (4), pp. 295-329. Antwerp, Belgium: Swets & Zeitlinger
Iskold, L. (2003). Theoretical Perspectives on Second Language Learning. Academic Exchange
Quarterly, 7 (1), pp. 97-111.
Iskold, L & Pearce, J. T. (2002). Building on Success, Learning from Mistakes. In J. Colpaert,
et al. (Eds.). CALL Profession and the Future of CALL Research. Selected papers from
Proceedings of the Tenth International CALL Conference, pp. 131-152. University of
Iskold, L. (2002). Integrating Language Culture and Technology. Academic Exchange Quarterly,
6 (4), pp. 103-108.
Iskold L. (2002). Comenius: 400 Years of Language Pedagogy. The Forum, PSMLA,
LXXII (1), pp.28-33.
Iskold, L. (2002, March). Electronic Resources for FLES Programs: focus on Russian.
The Pennsylvania State Modern Language Association Newsletter, XXVI, pp. 18-19.
Jitendra, A. K., Y.P. Xin, O. Gomez, K. Renouf, & L. Iskold. 2001. "An Analysis of Middle
School Geography Textbooks: Implications for Students with Learning Problems.
Reading and Writing Quarterly, 17, pp. 151-173.
Iskold, L. (1997). Mellon Consortiums: Cooperative Ventures: Expectations and Results.
In Borchardt, L. F. (Ed.), Proceedings of the CALL Consortium 1997 Annual Symposium,
27-29. U.S. Military Academy, West Point.
Iskold, L., & Pearce, J. T. (1996). Creating Interactive, Multimedia Software for Foreign Langue
Learning. In J. A. Chambers (Ed.), Selected Papers from the Seventh National
Conference on College Teaching and Learning, 111-118. Jacksonville, FL: National
Center for Advancement of Teaching and Learning.
Doctoral dissertation: Iskold, L. "An Empirical Study of the Effectiveness of Group Video
Viewing in a Comprehension-Based Foreign Language Curriculum." Lehigh University.
UMI. Ann Arbor: Michigan. 1999.
Honorary Doctorate Citation for Mikhail S. Gorbachev. Midland Lutheran College. 2002.
“Scholarly Activities in Computer-Assisted Language Learning: Development, Pedagogical
Innovations, and Research.” Joint Policy Statement of CALICO, EUROCALL, and
IALLT, pp. 3-9. (Eds. Thompson & Goncharenko). 2001.
New Citizens Project. “Citizenship Test for Naturalization” (Russian Translation):
Administrator's Booklet: Questions and Answers. Education Testing Service.
Princeton, NJ. 1997.
SCHOLARLY PAPERS PRESENTED AT PROFESSIONL MEETINGS
International, National and Regional Conferences:
“Producing Digital videos: A Sociocultural Approach.” Paper presented at the CALICO with
IALLT 26th Annual Conference “Language Learning in the Era of Ubiquitous
Computing.” Arizona State University, March 10-14.
“CALL Design and Video Comprehension: Insights from Research and Practice.” Paper
presented at the CALICO with IALLT 25th annual conference “Bridging CALL
Communities.” University of San Francisco, March 18-22, 2008.
“Online Video Streams: Theoretical and Practical Considerations of Using Newscasts." Paper
given at the CALICO with IALLT 24th annual conference "The Many (Inter) Faces of
CALL," Texas State University, May 22-26, 2007.
“Developing Listening Comprehension using SCOLA Online Newscasts: Theoretical and
Practical Considerations.” Paper given at the annual NEALLT conference “Technology-
Mediated Language learning Beyond the Classroom.”
University of Pennsylvania, April 5-7, 2006.
“Exploring Ideas for Developing the Foreign Language Website.” Paper given at the annual
NEALLT Conference, Rochester Institute of Technology, March 15-17, 2005.
“Research-Based Listening Tasks for Video Comprehension.” Paper given at the 21st annual
CALICO conference, Carnegie Mellon University, June 10-14, 2004.
"Learning from Mistakes, Building on Success," co-presented with Dr. Pearce at the Tenth
International CALL (Computer Assisted Language Learning) Conference "CALL
Professionals and the Future of CALL Research" at the University of Antwerp, Belgium,
August 17-20, 2002.
"Evaluating the Effectiveness of Teacher-Made Software: A Case Study." Paper given at the
CALICO '00 International Conference: Core Technologies: Impact on the Future.
University of Arizona. Tucson, May 26-31, 2000.
“Teaching and Learning Languages with Technology." Invited talk co-presented with Dr. Pearce
at The Fifth Annual Mid-Atlantic College Conference. Montgomery, NJ. April 21, 2000.
"Creating Interactive, Multimedia Software for Language Learning." The Tenth National
Conference on College Teaching and Learning. Jacksonville, Florida. April 14-17, 1999
"The Effect of Group Video Viewing in a Comprehension-Based Foreign Language
Curriculum." Paper given at the Pennsylvania State Modern language Association
(PSMLA) annual conference. Philadelphia, PA. October 22-23, 1999.
"Teacher-Produced Software for Language Learning: Does it Really Help?" Paper co-presented
with Dr. Pearce at the EUROCALL '99 International Conference on Computer-Assisted
Language Learning. Besançón, France, September 3-7, 1999.
“Faculty-Student Collaboration on Multimedia Development: From Faculty Training to
Integration of Homemade Software in Syllabi." Multi-media presentation, co-presented
with Dr. Pearce at the CALICO '98 annual conference. San Diego, June 26-30, 1998.
“Teaching Languages with Multimedia." A paper co-presented with Drs. Pearce and Prettiman
(Cedar Crest College). National Convention of Alpha Mu Gamma, Allentown.
October 22-24, 1998.
"Courseware for Language Teaching and Learning: Innovative Design and Development."
Presentation given with Drs. Kipa and Marx. The Andrew Mellon Foundation
Conference: Technology for Language Instruction for the 21st Century. Center for
Educational Technology, Middlebury College. June 21-22, 1997.
“Content! Content! Content,” a poster session co-presented with Dr. John Pearce. CALICO’97
International Conference. U.S. Military Academy, West Point, June 23-27, 1997.
“Creating Interactive, Multimedia Software for Foreign Language Learning.” Paper given at
The Seventh National Conference on College Teaching and Learning. Jacksonville,
Florida, March 21-24, 1996.
“By faculty and Students for Students and Faculty.” Presentation given with Dr. Pearce at the
annual EUROCALL International Conference on Computer- Assisted Language
Learning. Szombatelly, Hungary, August 26-30, 1996.
“Plan, Design, and Develop Your Own Interactive Multimedia Software.”
Presentation given with Drs. Kipa & Marx at ACTFL 30th annual national conference.
Philadelphia, November 21-23, 1996.
SELECTED DISCUSSIONS, PANELS AND OTHER PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES
Participated in APC’s Curriculum Review workshop and forums, 2008.
Conducted a departmental workshop entitled “Recording Audio with Audacity.” Fall, 2007.
Attended a full-day workshop “Virtual Reality & Second Life,” CALICO conference, 2007.
Participated in the Faculty Center for Teaching workshop on service learning, 2006.
Conducted a departmental workshop “Theoretical Approaches to Listening Comprehension and
their Practical Implications for Teaching using SCOLA Newscasts.” Spring, 2006.
Discussant, panel: “Is dubbing an effective strategy?” The annual NEALLT Conference at the
Rochester Institute of Technology, March 15-17, 2005.
Conducted a workshop for Academic Support staff and FL tutors at Muhlenberg entitled
“Electronic Resources for Language Learning.” March, 2005.
Discussant, round table “Language Center and the Language Curriculum.” The annual
NEALLT conference, Princeton University. March 14, 2004.
Participated in the meeting of CALICO planning committee on pre- and in-services teacher
(re)certification in CALL at the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
(ACTFL) annual conference, Philadelphia. November, 2003. Also, attended a discussion on PA
new standards for FL teacher certification.
“Writing Analytically” workshop. Muhlenberg College. May 15, 16, 2003.
Faculty Center for Ethics faculty workshop “Ethical Dimensions of Liberal Learning: Teaching
and Classroom Learning.” May 13, 14, 2003.
Faculty Center for Ethics workshop “Is Race a Biological Category?” Muhlenberg College.
December 8, 2002.
Attended Salons, including presentations by Drs. Bill Abruzzi, Franz Birgel, Tammi Lewis,
Jimmy Park, and Susan Schwartz.
Participated in Public Engagement Project Faculty Seminar. Spring, 2002.
Chaired two sessions, CALICO international conference "Core Technologies: Impact on the
Future." University of Arizona, Tucson. May 26-31, 2000.
Participated in the faculty workshop "Mind the Gap: Academic Values and the First-Year
Student's Experience." Iacocca Hall, Mountain Top Campus, Lehigh University.
May 18-20, 1999.
Participated in LVAIC meetings on Russian and Slavic studies (six meetings over a period of
three years, concerning various programmatic issues, including the curriculum, course offerings,
staffing, possibilities for collaboration, and extra curricular actives). 1998-2001.
LVAIC Conference on the teaching of English as a Second Language, Lehigh University,
”Faculty Homepage: Objectives and Design.” Workshop for LVAIC faculty.
Computer Center, Lehigh University, January 1996.
Participated in the discussion “The Role of a Language Center in a FL Department.”
Lafayette College, November, 1995.
Participated in the Round Table “Distance Learning: Advantages and Problems for Higher
Education.” International Resource Center, Lehigh University. September 1995.
CALICO International Symposium: “Multimedia for Foreign Language Learning.” Middlebury
College, June 1995.
SELECTED GUESST LECTURES AND INVITED PRESENTATIONS
Panelist, “FL Pedagogies & Portable Media,” CALICO 26th annual Conference,
Arizona State University. March12, 2009.
Discussion leader, “Everything is Illuminated,” 19th Street film series, November, 2007.
“World War II in Soviet Film,” guest-lecture for Friendship Circle, JCC, May 2006.
Invited pre-show talk “History of Figure skating and Ballet on Ice in Russia,” Zoellner Center,
Lehigh University. January 2005.
Invited pre-show talk “Russian Folkloric Art and Dance,” Zoellner Center, Lehigh University.
Panelist, “Teach-in: International Media Coverage of the War in Iraq.” Muhlenberg College,
Panelist, The American Dream (history class), instructor Susan Clemens. Fall 2002,
Moderator, panel discussion: "Using the Proven, Proving the New” at the CALICO
Annual International Conference: "Creating Virtual Language Learning Communities,”
University of California at Davis. March 26-30, 2002.
Panelist, discussion on "Pentecost," a play by David Edgar presented by Muhlenberg Theatre.
Talked about the role of language(s) in the movement from chaos to clarity: an attempt of
different cultures to speak to one another. Muhlenberg College, Spring 2002.
Co-presenter, “The Challenges of Globalization: Mixed Identities and Citizenship.” Public
Engagement Project Faculty Seminar. March 12, 2002.
Invited guest-speaker, “President Putin: Evaluating the First Year in Office.” The First
Presbyterian Church, Bethlehem. January 29, 2001.
Invited guest speaker, “From autocracy to ‘democracy’? What do we know about Mr. Vladimir
Putin?” Friendship circle, JCC, Allentown. April 2000.
Invited guest speaker, “Rothchild’s Violin: Chekhov and Shostakovich: A Story Within a Story.”
Jewish & Israeli Film Series. The Roxy Theater. March 7, 1999.
Presenter, workshop for doctoral students “Multimedia Applications for Foreign Language
Teaching.” Lehigh University, October 1998 and March 1999.
Invited panelist, "The Mellon Consortium: Cooperative Ventures: Expectations and Results."
(Other participants on the panel: Frank Borchardt, Duke University; Nina Garret,
Director, Mellon Project, Colby & Bates; David Harron, Director, Center for Ed.
Technology, Middlebury College). U.S Military Academy, West Point. June 23-27, 1997.
Guest speaker: “Foreign Languages Across the Curriculum: the Teaching of Culture.”
College of Education, Lehigh University, April 1997.
Invited faculty presenter, Board of Trustees Retreat in NY City. Together with Drs. Kipa and
Pearce talked about the Mellon Project and also demonstrated my own courseware
“Russian Cooking.” March 1996.
“Parkland Senior High Curriculum in Foreign Languages: Evaluation and Suggestions for
Redesign.” Paper presented at LVAIC workshop entitled “National Standards Across the
Curriculum.” Lehigh University, December 1995.
Invited guest speaker, Board of Directors, Allentown JCC. Gave a talk entitled “Multicultural
Issues in a Pluralistic Society: Russian Jewish Community in Allentown.”
SPECIAL DEPARTMENTAL RESPONSIBILITES :
Instructional Design Specialist, Mellon Grant Project, 1995-1999
Selected Workshops and Training:
Conducted workshops and training for LVAIC Team I:
“Components of a Design Document. Theory and Applications: Behaviorism. January 1995
“Theory and Applications: Cognitive.” February 1995.
“Project Overview: Strategies for Implementation. Multimedia Applications for Language
Teaching.” March 1995.
“Principles of Screen Design and Layout: How to Create a Storyboard.” April 1995.
“Criteria for Evaluation and Selection of Instructional Software.” (a presentation for all full-
and part-time faculty in the department). May 1995.
Conducted individual meetings/consultations for LVAIC Team I members on the following topics:
organization and efficiency of instruction
screen design: readability, learner control, visual appeal
hyperlinks and navigation: preparing storyboards
graphics: audio and video materials.
Supervised a team of six student-assistants at the Language Learning Center.
Worked closely with the OIT on technical specification, software and hardware purchasing.
Researched and selected for faculty use commercially available language software.
Conducted a workshop for full- and part-time FL faculty in the department: “New Computer
Programs in German, French and Spanish: TriplePlay Plus. September.
Supervised software testing at the Language Learning Center. Fall 1995
Conducted workshops and training for LVAIC Teams I & II:
“Welcome to the World of Multimedia!” January 1996.
“Cardinal Principles of Screen Design: Gagné's Nine Significant Events Model: Behaviorism
Active Mental Exploration: Cognitivism.” January 1996.
“Desktop Multimedia: Pedagogical values of Integration of Text, Graphics, Sound, Video, and
Animation into Instructional Units.” March 1996.
“Components of a Design Document.” April 1996.
Director, Language Learning Center, 1995-to present
Supervising LLC staff, including technician, Presidential Assistant, and student-workers
mance appraisals. Budget proposals
Overseeing installation and upgrades of multimedia courseware for all languages
Overseeing the preparation of a prototype computer for LLC upgrades
Researching, evaluating and recommending for faculty use ancillary software
Researching and upgrading internet resources for language instruction (all languages)
Overseeing systematic upgrades of the Departmental website, including content and design
Selected Projects by Year:
Based on research, selected word-processors for French, German and Spanish.
Demonstrated “Alki Proofing Tools” at a department meeting.
Discussed with faculty potential pedagogical pros & cons associated with installation a foreign
language spell checkers at the LLC, 1996.
In collaboration with OIT tested and recommended for software for LLC upgrades.
Continued individual consultations with LVAIC faculty on their Mellon courseware.
Supervised 6 students who assisted faculty to develop software at the LLC.
Contributed a section to the final Project Report to the Andrew Mellon Foundation
Supervised Mellon software testing and troubleshooting at the LLC, 1997.
Continued supervising testing and debugging of faculty-made programs.
Researched, evaluated and recommended for purchase “Accent,” software for word-processing
in Hebrew and Russian, 1998.
Together with Dr. Pearce wrote an additional Project Report to the Andrew Mellon Foundation
Designed a self-evaluation survey for faculty-developers, 1998.
Together with Drs. Marx, Birgel, Snodgrass, and Pearce designed assessment instruments for
Mellon software, 1998.
Supervised collection of data on the effectiveness of the Mellon courseware, including
administration and collection of surveys, tabulation and analysis of the data, 1998.
Continued supervising administration of the survey.
Designed and developed Language Learning Center’s homepage on the internet.
Supervised upgrades of the Mellon modules necessitated by the Y2K software/hardware
upgrades. Supervised preparation of the Mellon software packages on CDs (by language) for
distribution among the LVAIC institution, 1999.
Compiled a Collection of the WWW Resources for all the languages currently offered by the
department in the following categories: Arts & Culture; Cities & Travel; Dictionaries; News;
Language Learning; Literature; Media, and Resources for Faculty (professional organizations,
conferences, employment, and study abroad), 2000.
Designed and supervised the development of the Departmental Home Page, 2000.
Evaluated and recommended for purchase Multilingual Word Processors for the LLC.
Redesigned departmental links on Muhlnet, 2000.
Evaluated and recommended for purchase Multilingual Editors currently available at the LLC.
To complement language curricula, evaluated and recommended for purchase Language Now in
French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Latin, and Russian, to complement language curricula.
Supervised LLC upgrades to Windows 2001.
Designed the Russian Studies Home Page, 2002.
Researched software reviews in scholarly journals, compiled and presented to the department
lists of new commercial software (by language)
Designed a template for electronic versions of the Departmental Newsletter.
Supervised re-design of the Departmental Home Page, including interface and navigation. Developed
materials and testing procedures for an experimental study with students of Russian, 2003.
Based on research, updated resources on the departmental web page.
Started a new rubric “What’s New in the Field?” (updated every semester).
Designed online Video Guides to be used with “Nachalo” textbook.
Designed a template for faculty home page. Redesigned personal web page.
In collaboration with the OIT, supervised preparation of the prototype computer.
Researched, evaluated, and purchased “Clef,” a software for practicing French grammar.
Conducted orientation for student-workers at the lab.
Served on the search committee for LLC Technician position, 2004.
Continued all responsibilities, including scheduling, training, and web updates.
Served on the Search committee for the PA position at the LLC.
Interviewed candidates for student-workers’ positions at the LLC, 2005.
Conducted a workshop for Academic Support staff and FL tutors entitled “Electronic Resources
for Language Learning,” March 2005.
Served on the search committee for the LLC Technician position.
Coordinated and supervised the development of FL Online Placement Exams, including
the Project Schedule, multimedia material development and testing, 2006.
Conducted a departmental workshop entitled: “Why Use Blackboard?” August, 2006.
Served on the search committee for LLC Technician position
Developed the protocol for pilot studies of FL Online Placement Exams.
Analyzed the findings from pilot studies.
Worked closely with the OIT to refine the Exams, 2007.
Conducted a faculty-development workshop entitled: “Developing Listening comprehension
Using SCOLA Online Newscasts,” August 2007.
June advising: Oversaw FL Placement Exams which were given online for the first time, 2008.
Conducted a faculty –development workshop entitled “Recording Audio with Audacity,” 2008.
DEPARTMENTAL AND COLLEGE SERVICE:
College Committee on Information Technology, 2004-08
Nominating Committee (elected member), 2003-04
Provost’s Benchmarking Group. Researched tenure/promotion procedures at
comparable institutions, 2003-04
Co-director, Russian Studies Program, 1999-to present
Advisor to Russian Studies majors and minors, 1998-to present
Advisor to the Russian Club, 1997-to present
Faculty supervisor and mentor to the LLC technician & Presidential Assistant, 1996- to present
First Year Advisor 2002, 2003, 2004
Summer Advisor, 1999-2008
Foreign Language Placement testing, 1999-2008
Foreign Language Exemption testing, 1998-2008
Departmental/LLC tours for Admissions Open Houses, 1998-to present
Author of the Language Learning Center web site, 1998-to present
Author of the departmental web site, 1999-to present
Author of the Russian Studies web site, 2000-to present
Departmental liaison to the OIT, 1995-to present
SERVICE AT MUHLENBERG COLLEGE: ONE TIME, DESCRETE ACTIVITIES,
Wrote the section entitled “Facilities & Resources” for the departmental self-study report
for the BOO review, 2008-2009.
Invited by the Provost of Kutztown University to serve as the external evaluator of
Dr. Mary E. Theis’s scholarship in Slavic Studies regarding her candidacy for promotion to full
professor. Reviewed the file, visited two classes, and wrote an evaluation letter, 2008-2009.
Reviewed the file, visited two classes and wrote an evaluation letter for the third year review of
Dr. Eileen McEwan, 2008-2009.
Participated in the APC’s Curriculum Review Workshop, Spring 2008.
Researched Russian Studies curricula at comparable liberal arts institutions. Based on this
research, together with Dr. Kipa, redesigned major/minor requirements in Russian Studies.
Wrote student letters of recommendation for graduate, medical and law schools, as well as for
various summer and study abroad programs.
Together with Dr. Kipa, prepared Russian Studies at Muhlenberg brochure and a cover letter to
Researched library holdings in Russian Studies and recommended areas for improvement,
including reference materials, post-perestroika publications, and film.
Worked with Kelly Cannon on compiling bibliographies of Russian holdings by time period
and by subject (currently available via the Trexler Library and the Russian Studies web pages).
Developed new courses for Russian Studies (Russian Culture and Civilization and Nobel Prize
Winners in Russian Literature) and a First Year Seminar: Strangers in Paradise.
Developed new content for Russian Conversation & Composition, Advanced Russian Conversation
& Composition and Readings in Russian Literature.
Researched recruitment possibilities; compiled a mailing list for the Admissions Office.
Wrote new job description for the technician’s and Presidential Assistant’s positions at the
Language Learning Center.
Interviewed student- workers in the lab. Conducted orientation meetings (every semester).
As a co-director of Russian Studies, attended meetings regarding interdisciplinary programs.
Developed a service learning component for the Russian Conversation and Composition class
Engaged students in personal interactions with representatives of the local Russian community.
As a volunteer, developed and coordinated a computer literacy program for representatives of
the local Russian community, Summer 2006.
Volunteer work for local Russian Community, including translation of documents from Russian
to English; interpreting on different occasions; transportation of elderly; Russian translation of
fliers for Congregation Sons of Israel, etc., 1991-to present.
Participated in and translated for numerous discussions and meetings on a variety of topics
related to the former Soviet Union and Russia (e.g., Provost and Deans of Lehigh University,
President of Northampton Community Collage, Parkland School District, Jewish Community
Center, Catholic Social Services, churches and synagogues, etc.), 1991-to present.
Developed a program for interaction between Muhlenberg students enrolled in the upper lever
Russian language courses and members of the local Russian community, 2006-to present.
Lead a citizenship class for Russian senior citizens in Gross Towers (1437 Allen St.).
Integrated service learning into FYS “Strangers in Paradise.” Each student conducted five hours
of service either at Catholic Social Services or at Case Guadalupe, assisting with Citizenship or
ESL classes, respectively, 2002, 2003, 2004.
Worked with representatives of the local Russian community on the preparation of the exhibit
entitled “300 Years of St. Petersburg.” The exhibit was on display in Ettinger, first floor, during
the academic year 2003-2004.
Through the Catholic Social Services assisted a family that has recently immigrated from the
former Soviet Union in their needs for ESL tutoring and other adjustments, 2003-2005.
Initiated a donation drive by Russian Club members of school supplies for students in Ukraine.
Ari Mittelman took the items on his ten-day trip to Kharkiv, 2004.
Hosted on Muhlenberg campus two students form Belarus, 2004.
Invited seniors from the local Russian community to the College’s Hillel for Sukkot, 2003.
Gave a talk at the Friendship Circle, JCC: “Ten Years Post perestroika --What’s Ahead?” 2002.
Gave a talk at The First Presbyterian Church in Bethlehem: "President Putin: Evaluating the
First Year in Office." 2001.
MEMBERSHIP IN PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS
Computer Assisted Language Instruction Consortium (CALICO), 1995-to present
Modern Language Association (MLA), 1995-1999
American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), 1995-2001
The Pennsylvania State Modern Language Association (PSMLA), 1996-2000
European Consortium on the Computer-Assisted Language Learning (EUROCALL), 1996-to present
Phi Delta Kappa, Lehigh University Chapter, 1997-to present
Northeast Association of Language Learning Technologies (NEALLT), 2004-to present