Dr. Irena Buksa

Associate Professor, World Languages and Cultures Department


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.

Dr. Irena Buksa's Curriculum Vitae


  • D.A., Slavic Languages and Literatures, Syracuse University, 1991


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

Selected Publications

  • Explanatory Dictionary of the Language Used by V. Stefanyk (1996)
  • Ocherki Russkoi Poezii 50-70 Godov XX Veka (2003)