Slavic and Eurasian Studies

Slavic & CREEES Welcome Three New Faculty Members in Fall 2017

Tue, September 26, 2017
Slavic & CREEES Welcome Three New Faculty Members in Fall 2017
Drs. Karen Chilstrom, Heather Rice and Jason Roberts

We want to give a hearty CREEES welcome to our new faculty:

Drs. Karen Chilstrom, Heather Rice and Jason Roberts


We are so happy to have these familiar faces with us, some of whom you might recognize if you've been hanging around the department in the past few years!


Karen Chilstrom is teaching Intensive Russian I this semester. Dr. Chilstrom received her PhD in our department (the second-to-last PhD conferred by our department), defending her dissertation in the summer of 2016 called, "A Nation in Transition: Language Policy and Its Impact on Russian-Language Education in Ukraine." She says she is "thrilled to be back at UT and to have an opportunity to work with such fine students."

As a doctoral candidate, she taught first- and second-year Russian as an Assistant Instructor and tutored Russian-language students of all levels. She began traveling to and conducting research in Russia while living and working in the city of Astrakhan, in southern Russia, from 1995 to 1997. As Resident Director of the Moscow Plus program during the summers of 2009, 2010 and 2011, she oversaw UT Austin students' studies in Moscow and organized cultural excursions for the groups. In 2013, she received a Title VIII grant for advanced Russian-language studies in Kiev, Ukraine. The following year, she began dissertation research with the help of funding from a Foreign Language and Area Studies fellowship.

Heather Rice is teaching our new online First-Year Russian I course, which she helped create! Dr. Rice got her BA in our department, before going to Indiana University Bloomington for her MA (Slavic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics) & PhD in Linguistics and Slavic Languages in 2015.

Her interests include Russian language pedagogy, creating Russian language instructional materials, 2nd language acquisition, phonetics and phonology and Russian and Soviet cinema.

Jason Roberts is teaching US Music/Religious Identity and Magic and Power in Prague this semester. Dr. Roberts received his PhD at UT in Germanic Studies, with a PhD portfolio in Religious Studies, and now holds a joint appointment in the Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies and the Department of Religious Studies. Over the past several years he has taught many classes a UT while working on his PhD and an Assistant Instructor, including Magic and Power in Prague, First-Year Russian and First-Year German.


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