College Advisors for the School of Languages, Literatures & Cultures

For genereal inquiries about foreign language study, the CLAS advisors are the best starting point. They can also connect you with a specific language advisor or faculty member on the departmental level

Graduate Academic Advisor, Classics, East Asian Languages & Cultures, French, Francophone & Italian Studies, German Studies, Philosophy, Slavic Languages & Literatures, Spanish & Portuguese
785-864-1528
Wescoe Hall, Room 3107
Office Hours:

M – F: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm and by appointment


Director of Undergraduate Studies

Professor, Director of Undergraduate Studies, Slavic Languages & Literatures
785-864-2357
Wescoe Hall, Room 2133
Office Hours:

 

Teaching interests: Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian Language, Structure of Russian and Russian Functional Grammar, South Slavic Culture and Literature, Ottoman Bosnia.

Research interests: Slavic verbal aspect, cognitive linguistics.

Director of Graduate Studies

Assistant Professor, Director of Graduate Studies, Slavic Languages & Literatures, Coordinator of the KU Intensive Russian Language Program in Ft. Carson, CO, Director of the KU Summer Language Institute in Lviv, Ukraine
785-864-2350
Wescoe, Room 2127
Office Hours:

M, W: 1:00 – 2:00 pm


Language Coordinators

Language Coordinators are able to help you with specific questions about the language they advise for. They may also be able to help with placement and/ or proficiency exams. Some Coordinators advise for more than one language.

Bosnian/ Croatian/ Montenegrin/ Serbian

Lecturer, Slovene and Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian
(785) 864-2353
Wescoe Hall, Room 2130
Office Hours:

M, R, F: 9:00-9:50 am and by appointment 

Teaching interests: Slovene, Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian languages.

Czech

Svetlana Vassileva-Karagyozova
Associate Professor, Slavic Languages & Literatures
785-864-2351
Wescoe Hall, Room 2141
Office Hours:

W, F: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm and by appointment

Persian (Farsi/ Tajik/ Dari)

Lecturer, Persian
785-864-9250
Wescoe Hall, Room 2096
Office Hours:

M: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm, R: 10:00 – 11:00 am, and by appointment

Russian

Irina Fediunina Six
Lecturer, Russian, Academic Program Associate
785-864-1230
Wescoe Hall, Room 2128
Office Hours:

W, F: 10:00 – 11:00 am

Teaching interests: Russian language pedagogy, business Russian.

Slavic languages (Polish, Ukrainian, Slovene)

Professor, Director of Undergraduate Studies, Slavic Languages & Literatures
785-864-2357
Wescoe Hall, Room 2133
Office Hours:

 

Teaching interests: Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian Language, Structure of Russian and Russian Functional Grammar, South Slavic Culture and Literature, Ottoman Bosnia.

Research interests: Slavic verbal aspect, cognitive linguistics.



In Memoriam

Reed Rankin ✝ 12/29/2019

The faculty and students in the Department Slavic Languages and Literatures are deeply saddened that one our undergraduate majors, Reed Rankin, passed away last week (12/29) in Fredonia, Kansas. Reed was a beloved student in the department and is fondly remembered by his peers and professors. He began studying Russian as a Freshman and stayed with a challenging but rewarding language for three and a half years, tackling introductory, intermediate, advanced levels, and even continuing his studies into his senior year with Russian for the Professions. We know that he was planning further study in Moscow in the next academic year, prior to matriculation at KU School of Law.

A thoughtful student, Reed often contributed insight and posed challenging questions in class. ​​ Reed’s dedication to the study of Russian language, culture, and history was tremendous and fueled by infectious curiosity. He showed great acumen in translating from Russian into English, always finding English-language equivalents for Russian cultural concepts through skillful use of one-liners from American films. We also treasured his ability to speak in fluid Russian about rural, farm life in Kansas, and the effects that natural phenomena, like floods, on a farming community. He was a pleasure to know and teach, and will be remembered for his kind and polite demeanor. Our thoughts are with Reed’s family at this time

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