Karen Evans-Romaine (PhD, Slavic Languages & Literatures, University of Michigan) has been Associate Professor of Russian in the UW-Madison Department of Slavic Languages and Literature since 2009. An ACTFL-certified Russian oral proficiency tester, Evans-Romaine directed the Kathryn Wasserman Davis School of Russian at Middlebury College from 2003–2009 and coordinated the first-year Russian program there from 2001–2003. She is co-author, together with first author Richard Robin and Galina Shatalina (George Washington University) of the two-volume elementary Russian language textbook Golosa. At Ohio University Evans-Romaine directed the Russian program and the biannual OU Spring Quarter in Moscow Program from 1996 – 2009. Evans-Romaine also studies intersections between Russian and German literature and between Russian literature and music, with a focus on the work of Boris Pasternak; she has published a book and several articles in these areas. She has taught Russian at all levels, nineteenth- and twentieth-century Russian literature, Russian cultural history, and courses on literature and music in European Modernism; in 2006 – 2007 she taught advanced English and American literature and culture to Russian students at Smolny College in St. Petersburg on a Fulbright.
Faculty and Staff
Dianna Murphy (PhD, Slavic Linguistics) is associate director of the Language Institute, where she works on curriculum development, research, professional development and outreach initiatives. An affiliate of the Doctoral Program in Second Language Acquisition, Dr. Murphy also administers that program. Murphy’s professional experience in Russian includes serving as resident director for many study abroad programs to Russia, teaching Russian language and literature, and developing instructional materials for advanced-level learners.
Anna Tumarkin (PhD, Russian Literature) is Russian Language Program Director and Undergraduate Advisor in the Department of Slavic Languages at UW-Madison. Her research interests include language teaching methodology, instructional technology, and nineteenth- and twentieth-century Russian literature and culture.
Dr. Tumarkin teaches Russian at all levels and is an ACTFL-certified oral proficiency tester in Russian.
Wendy Johnson (M.A., Russian Literature) is the Program Coordinator for the UW-Madison Russian Flagship and Assistant Director of the Language Institute where she focuses supporting language students and stimulating interest in the study of diverse world languages. Her experiences with Russian include participation in two study abroad programs in Russia, living in Russia for two years, and working with Russian-speaking immigrants in the United States. Wendy organizes the UW-Madison annual high school outreach program World Languages Day and also serves as a Foreign Language Consultant at Summer Orientation, Advising, and Registration (SOAR) for incoming students. For the Flagship program, Wendy coordinates recruitment and admissions, manages the website and other written and electronic communications, maintains student records, and assists with the writing of reports.Wendy enjoys helping students fully realize their college experiences to create professional paths that are personally fullfilling. Contact Wendy Johnson: email@example.com.
Melissa Miller (M.A., Russian Literature) is a dissertator in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literature. Currently she is developing curriculum and assessment tools for the Flagship Program. Her experience with Russian includes studying in Moscow and St. Petersburg, teaching first-year Russian, and participation in programs for Russian teachers at the University of Kansas and the Concordia Language Villages.