Education

University of Bucharest, Foreign Languages Department

English and Romanian Languages and Literatures:

Ph.D. 1984

 

Research

  • Romanian language and culture
  • Foreign and heritage language pedagogy
  • Teaching materials development

Publications

Literary translations

 

  • A Balkan Tapestry: Women’s Stories from Southeastern Europe.

(Co-editor, contributing translator). (Forthcoming)

  • 2015. “Seven Romanian Poets” (Co-translator).

In: Cardinal Points Journal. Vol. 5. New York: StoSvet Press.

  • 2011. “The Hour Commute” by Gabriela Adamesteanu (Co-translator).

In: E. Schimmel (Ed.) Writing from Postcommunist Romania.

New York: Dalkey Archive Press.

  • 2006. Excerpt from ”A Day without a President” by Carmen Francesca Banciu

(Translator). The Third Shore. Evanston, IL: Northwestern Univ. Press.

  • 2001. “Poems by Mihai Ursachi.” (Co-translator).

Archipelago. Vol. 5, No. 3/200

  • 1996. The Phantom Church and Other Stories from Romania.

(Co-editor, co-translator). University of Pittsburgh Press.

 

Romanian language teaching

 

  • 2021. Beginner’s Romanian.

(Forthcoming)

  • 2013. Self-monitored online activities for First-year Romanian,

Common Collaboration and Learning Environment, UCLA.

Courses

Language courses

  • Elementary Romanian: Romanian 101
  • Intensive Elementary Romanian (Summer Session A): Romanian 103
  • Second-year Romanian: Romanian 102
  • Advanced Language Tutorial Instruction in Romanian: Romanian 187

 

Content courses

  • Introduction to Romanian Civilization: Romanian 90
  • Survey of Romanian Literature: Romanian 152
  • Culture and Society in Central and Eastern Europe: C&EE ST 91
  • Women and Literature in Southeastern Europe: M120

 

Department-wide collaborative course

  • Fiat Lux seminar: Language, Identity & Power in Post-communist Eastern Europe (Lecture on “Language and Politics in post-1989 Romanian short fiction”)

Honors and Selected Presentations

Honors

Aug. 30, 2018 Romanian Cultural Merit (Cavalier Order) Decoration for Promoting the Teaching of Romanian Language, Literature and Civilization Abroad

Selected presentations

  • “Political Statements, Cultural Highlights, and Social Values in Romanian Language Textbooks for Foreigners.” 43rd Congress of the American-Romanian Academy of Letters and Sciences; UCLA, Los Angeles, November 16, 2019.
  • “Linguistic and Methodological Uses of Textbook Visuals.” AATSEEL Conference, Austin, TX, January 8, 2016.
  • “Language Textbook Writing: From Theory to Practice,” 6th UC Language Consortium Conference on SLA Theoretical & Pedagogical Perspectives, UC San Diego, April 21, 2012.
  • “East-West Encounters: Values in Conflict in Balkan Short Stories,” 35th Southern Comparative Literature Association Conference, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, October 1, 2009.
  • “Online Teacher Training Manual,” Heritage Language Workshop, UCLA, May 1, 2005.
  • “A Needs Analysis of Romanian Heritage Speakers,” 6th International Conference, Center for Romanian Studies, Iasi, Romania, July 5-8, 2000.

Professional affiliations and services

  • Member, American-Romanian Academy of Letters and Sciences (ARA), USA
  • Member, Society for Romanian Studies (SRS), USA
  • Member, Societatea de Științe Filologice, Romania (1975-1990)

 

  • 1993-1994 Co-Chair, English as a Foreign Language Interest Section, TESOL
  • 1992-1993 Associate Chair, English as a Foreign Lang. Interest Section, TESOL

 

  • 1990s – reviewer of abstracts for English as a Foreign Language Interest Section, TESOL annual conferences
  • 1990s to present – Romanian proficiency tests for students in the UC system
  • 1974-1990 – Member, Foreign Languages Board, Ministry of Education, Romania