Congratulations to CREECA’s Karen Evans-Romaine who received the award for Outstanding Contributions to the Profession from the Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages (AATSEEL).
Candidates for the award for Outstanding Contribution to the Profession are expected to meet one of four criteria: Karen Evans-Romaine excels in all four areas, in her extraordinary commitment to academic leadership and service, graduate and undergraduate education, and pedagogical innovation. As Professor of Russian at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, she serves as Co-Director of the university’s federally funded Russian Flagship Program, which she helped to establish in 2010; and Faculty Director of the UW-Madison Russian House. Karen is a leading specialist in Russian language pedagogy: she is co-author (with Richard Robin and Galina Shatalina) of Golosa, a two-volume textbook for elementary Russian used across the United States; she also directed the Kathryn Wasserman Davis School of Russian at Middlebury College from 2003 to 2009, and coordinated the school’s first-year Russian program from 2001 to 2003. Her contributions to teaching pedagogy go beyond her publications and leadership, from her training of graduate teaching assistants in UW-Madison’s Department of German, Nordic and Slavic, to her accomplished teaching in Russian language, literature and culture, across a range of academic levels, topics, and historical periods. Meanwhile, her research goes beyond the field of Russian pedagogy, examining points of contact between Russian and German literature, and between literature and music, with a focus on the work of Boris Pasternak. Celebrating the indelible legacy of her scholarship, teaching, mentoring, and service, we honor Karen Evans-Romaine with the 2020 Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Profession.