Benjamin Rifkin

Dean, Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Hofstra University


I have taught Russian at all levels from first-year through graduate-level courses at UW-Madison, Temple University, and the College of New Jersey. I have also taught undergraduate and graduate courses on methods of teaching Russian and less commonly taught languages (UW-Madison and as a visiting professor at Princeton University), Russian film and contemporary Russian literature (UW-Madison and Ithaca College), and a freshman seminar in applied linguistics (Temple University, The College of New Jersey), with embedded community-engaged learning experiences. I have also developed numerous interdisciplinary courses in English subsequently taught by others under my supervision, including The Power and the Poet (a literature course focusing on texts written by authors persecuted or prosecuted for having written those very texts), Interdisciplinary Survey of Russia, Russian Cities, Women’s Voices in Russian Culture, Jewish Voices in Russian Culture, Russian History through Literature and Film, as well as a two-course sequence in Russian Language for Heritage Learners. I was recognized for excellence in teaching with the highest award for teaching, the Chancellor’s Award for Distinguished Teaching, at the University of Wisconsin, where I was also awarded an award for faculty advising by the College of Letters and Science.

I have also fostered the development of innovative curricula in disciplines beyond my own, including the development of new minors & majors.
For more information about my efforts in curricular development, please download my full curriculum vitae found on the home page.

Awards for Teaching and Advising

UW-Madison Chancellor’s Award for Distinguished Teaching

UW-Madison College of Letters and Science Faculty Advising Award