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Yaroslava Tsiovkh

Lecturer at KU (1994 - 2014)
Primary office:
2126 Wescoe Hall


Curriculum Vitae

Degree: Ph.D., National University of Kyiv

Teaching interests: Ukrainian language, culture, literature, and pedagogy.

Published teaching materials

2010 web-based materials: «Вітає Українська» for Intermediate Ukrainian.

2003 book: Ukrainian through History, Culture, Society. Language Manual for Intermediate-Level Students of Ukrainian. The Ivan Franko National University of Lviv. (Pilot edition published 1996 as):Ukrainian Through History, Culture, Society. Harvard Ukrainian Summer Institute, Harvard University.

2001 book: Modern Ukrainian with a Focus on Civilization. Language Manual for Intermediate-Level Students of Ukrainian. The Ivan Franko National University of Lviv.

1996 book (pilot edition): Ukrainian through History, Culture,Society. Harvard Ukrainian Summer Institute, Harvard University.



2006: member, “MLL Second Language Proficiency Test in Ukrainian”, Principal Investigator Dr. Jaime J. Gelabert, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, Loyola University, Chicago.


2004: In conjunction with the publication of the book Modern Ukrainian with a Focus on Civilization and at the invitation by The Ivan Franko national University of L´viv, Ukraine, made a promotional tour funded by the U.S. Department of State Freedom Support Act grant for the KU-LU institutional exchange

2010: CREES Course Grant, under Category #2 (Modified Course)

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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