Dr. Irena Buksa

Associate Professor of Russian/Slavic Studies

Office: Morton Hall 301
Phone: (256) 824-2343
Email: buksai@uah.edu

Ph.D in Slavic Languages and Literatures, Syracuse University, 1991.

Dr. Buksa has twenty-five years of experience teaching at the university-level and taught at Syracuse University before coming to UAH in 1990. She is a 2006 recipient of the UAH Foundation Award for Distinguished Teaching.

At UAH she teaches basic elementary and intermediate-level courses in Russian, as well as courses in conversation, composition, Russian for Life and Profession, Russian for Scientists and Engineers, Russian Culture, Introduction to Russian Literature and Seminar in Russian Literature. She has special training in the field of Russian language pedagogy from the Russian Language Institute of Pushkin in Moscow as well as from Warsaw University.

Providing consistently competent, enthusiastic and sensitive classroom instruction is her primary and consuming professional ambition. She is an instructor who wants each and every student to be successful, and who takes pride in all of their achievements.

Her research interest is in authorial poetics, narrative structure, style and metaphoric language of Russian poetry 1950-1970; the legacy and dialect forms of V. Stefanyk; non-Russian Soviet literature; and Slavic linguistics.

Dr. Buksa has published two books, Explanatory Dictionary of the Language Used by V. Stefanyk (1996), and Ocherki Russkoi Poezii 50-70 Godov XX Veka (2003), in addition to numerous articles in these fields.

Her major hobbies are traveling, learning more foreign words and listening to classical music. In addition to living in Warsaw and Moscow and enjoying extensive stays in St. Petersburg(Russian Federation) and Kiev (Ukraine). She has traveled to Krasnoyarsk and Rostov-on Don (Russian Federation), Slovakia, Denmark, Sweden, Germany, the Netherlands and Canada.

Dr. Buksa is a member of the American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages, American Association for the Advancement in Slavic Studies, and the American Council of Teachers of Russian.