Thursday, February 23, 2017
A tenured professor of modern languages and literature at Ithaca College, Benjamin “Ben” Rifkin formerly served as the dean of the College of New Jersey and as a vice dean for undergraduate affairs at the College of Liberal Arts at Temple University. Ben Rifkin is author of over 20 articles about Russian film and literature, foreign language education, applied linguistics and second language acquisition, as well as textbooks and edited volumes.
Together with co-editor Olga Kagan, Rifkin edited "The Learning and Teaching of Slavic Languages and Cultures," published in 2000 by Slavica. This volume surveys various methodological developments in the teaching of Slavic languages, with contributors from many subfields of the Slavic Studies.
It also strives to showcase research in the field of Slavic-language studies and to raise key questions for consideration in the years to come. The volume won the 2001 Award for Best Contribution to Language Pedagogy from the American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages.