Teaching

I taught Russian as a Foreign Language at different levels, from beginner to advanced, at the Language Center of the University of Passau in 2012–2018. In 2018–2019, I taught courses in Russian Literature and Culture at the Chair of Slavic Literatures and Cultures (see the full list of courses below). My teaching has been largely informed by my experience as a volunteer Russian language tutor for U.S. students of Russian during my undergraduate studies, by my work as a tourist guide with Russian-, English-, Spanish-, and French-speaking tourists who visited Yaroslavl, and by my undergraduate training in the pedagogy of foreign languages.

I love making students excited and curious about the subject of any course I teach. I do so through diversifying course contents and selecting readings that offer a wide range of perspectives on the topic of the course, which include voices of the often marginalized groups. I also create an arc of challenges (my preferred term for assignments) that makes students actively engage with the topics we discuss throughout the semester. From offering progressive skill-building exercises in writing to involving students in challenges that tap into their imaginativeness, digital and artistic skills, I create a space of creativity and exploration in my classroom, in which students can build off of their previous experience and expertise to learn to ask new questions and uncover new perspectives onto the world around them.

TEACHING QUALIFICATION

THE 500: Teaching in Higher Education, University of Toronto, Jan–Mar 2020

Qualification Program “Lehre+,” University of Passau, Nov 2016–Jun 2017

Teaching Foreign Languages, Specialist Diploma, Yaroslavl State Pedagogical University, 2007–2012 (see “Education” section)

Additional Training

Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Training, University of Toronto, Jul 2020
Planning and Preparing Your Online Course, Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation (CTSI), U of Toronto, Jul 2020
Language Teaching Online, CTSI, U of Toronto, Jul 2020
peerScholar: Online Composition Assignments and Peer Feedback, CTSI, U of Toronto, Aug 2020
Teaching from a Distance: Webinars and Lecture Recordings, CTSI, U of Toronto, Aug 2020
Active Learning Strategies for Online Learning, CTSI, U of Toronto, Aug 2020

COURSES TAUGHT

University of Passau

Seminars (open to undergraduate and graduate students): course instructor

Beyond the Closet: Queer Russia from the Silver Age to the Putin Era ® Fall 2018
(included film series “Queer Eye on Russian Cinema,” with bi-weekly film screening events in Russian with English subtitles throughout the semester)

Back Home: The Revival of the Private Sphere in Late Soviet Culture ® Spring 2018

Language Courses: course instructor

Russisch – Grundstufe 1.1 [first year] Spring 2014, Fall ’14
Russisch – Grundstufe 1.2 [first year] Fall ’14
Russisch – Grundstufe 2.1 [second year]  Fall ’12, Fall ’13, Spring ’15, Fall ’15
Russisch – Grundstufe 2.2 [second year] Spring ’13, Fall ’13, Spring ’14, Fall ’15, Spring ’16, Fall ’16
Russisch – Grammatik (Grundstufe 1.1) Spring ’14, Spring ’17
Russisch – Grammatik (Grundstufe 1.2) Fall ’14, Fall ’15, Spring ’17, Fall ’17
Ergänzungskurs Schreiben (für Aufbaustufe und Hauptstufe 1) [Complementary Course in Writing (for students in the third and fourth years)] Spring ’13

MENTORING ACTIVITIES

Co-organizer and co-facilitator of a writing workshop for graduate students, Women & Gender Studies Institute, University of Toronto (with postdoctoral fellow Nikoli Attai), discussion of academic writing strategies (Apr 14, 2020)

Organizer and facilitator of an “Alumna for Students” workshop for graduate students enrolled in the program M.A. Russian and East Central European Studies, University of Passau, discussion of program requirements and career paths (Nov 15, 2018)

Tutor of incoming foreign students, International Office, University of Passau (09/2013 – 01/2015)