Dr. Irena Buksa

Associate Professor - Russian, World Language & Cultures


1310 Ben Graves Drive
Morton Hall
Room 241
Huntsville, AL 35899
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Dr. Buksa has twenty-eight 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 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.

Curriculum Vitae


  • D.A., Slavic Languages and Literatures, Syracuse University, 1991
  • M.A. Russian and Ukrainian Philology, Warsaw University. 1985.

Honors & Awards

  • The UAH Charger Village Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2016.
  • UAH Foundation Award for Distinguished Teaching, 2006.
  • Humanities Center Library Enhancement Program Grant, University of Alabama in Huntsville, 1995.
  • Scholarship for Graduate Studies in Slavic Languages and Literatures. Syracuse University, 1987-1990.
  • Fellowship for Graduate Studies in Slavic Languages and Literatures. Syracuse University, 1988 & 1990.


  • American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages
  • American Association for the Advancement in Slavic Studies
  • American Council of Teachers of Russian


  • 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
  • Slavic linguistics

Recent Publications

  • Izuchaya Yazyk Izuchayem Kulturu.Posobiye dlia Studentov. Maysternia Druku Cherkassy (in press ) 2021.

  • Ocherki Russkoi Poezii 50-70godov XX Veka. Orel, 2003.

  • "O Khudozhestvennom Mire Poemy Erofeeva 'Moskva Petushki'. Sbornik Nauchnykh Statei (1999):110-122.

  • "Polistilistika V. Aksionova I Fenomen Shestidesiatnichestva.". Grani i Granitsy. Sbornik Nauchnykh Statei. (1998) : 95-109.

  • „Moskva 2042 ' V. Voinovicha i Antiutopicheskaya Traditsia.". Problemy Literatury. (1997):16-27.

  • Literatury . (1997):16-27.

  • Tvorchist’ ta Slovnyknyk Menshe Zrozumilykh Sliv V. Stefanyka. Smoloskyp Publishers.Kiev, 1996.

  • "Poeticheskii Golos Bulata Okudzhavy." Kultura I Tvorchestvo. Sbornik Nauchnykh Statei. Tver University Press. (1995) : 159-170.

  • "Zhanrovo-Tematicheskaya Priroda Poezii V. Vysotskogo." Vysotskovedenie i Vysotskovidenie. Sbornik Nauchnykh Statei. (1995):5-18.

  • ''K Postanovke Problemy Poeticheskogo Stilia." Vysotskovedenie i Vysotskovidenie. Sbornik Nauchnykh Statei. (1995):18-30.