"Everyone can learn: it is the job of the teacher to find the particular key that unlocks each mind."
Annalisa Czeczulin is Assistant Professor of Russian at Goucher College in Towson, Maryland. She completed her doctorate in Slavic Linguistics in 2007 at the University of Pittsburgh, where she earned the Teaching Excellence Award. Prior to her arrival at Goucher in 2003, she taught at the University of Pittsburgh, Co-Directed the University of Pittsburgh Summer Russian Institute, Co-Directed the Baltimore Center of Russian Language and Culture (where she edited Russian textbooks/multimedia materials), and founded and piloted the Johns Hopkins-Dunbar Magnet Health Cooperative Program. At Goucher College, she teaches one section of each of the Russian language courses, the upper-level Russian linguistic and translation courses, and a number of Russian culture courses that include community-based learning components. Dr. Czeczulin’s research specialties include second-language acquisition, hybrid learning techniques, and learning differences. She is part of the five-member Bridge to Russian team dedicated to bringing Russian to all students in Maryland. She is a member of the Maryland Olympiada Committee that conducts the Maryland Spoken Russian Olympiada and she also judges the National Written Russian Olympiada. At Goucher, she moderates Russian Club, Russian SI, and Russian Table.
Research, Scholarship, Creative Work in Progress
Dr. Czeczulin has published one book The Russian Reflexive in Second-Language Acquisition: Binding Preferences and L1 Transfer. She has finished a second book with her class Women in Russia: Student Essays and Exercises, for which she is seeking a publisher. She is currently working on a third book Out of the Shadows: Women in Russia, Volume I.
Czeczulin, Annalisa and Olya Samilenko (with students of the Goucher-Hopkins Russian Cooperative Program). Constructivist Design for the Soviet Cinema (Translated and Archived Museum Exhibit; 100 artifacts). New York, New York: Glenn Horowitz Museum, 2015.
Czeczulin, Annalisa. The Russian Reflexive in Second-Language Acquisition: Binding Preferences and L1 Transfer. Germany: Verlag, 2011.
Czeczulin, Annalisa. “Classroom Potpourri,” ACTR National Newsletter, Mar. 2011- present (quarterly).
Czeczulin, Annalisa. “Use of the Pronouns v and na in the Russian Prepositional Case.” Proceedings of the University of Michigan Slavic Conference. Ann Arbor Press: Ann Arbor,1995.
External Awards, Honors, Grants
Czeczulin, Annalisa and Olya Samilenko (with students of the Goucher-Hopkins Russian Cooperative Program). Constructivist Design for the Soviet Cinema Honors Reception. Glenn Horowitz Museum, 2015.
Conference Papers & Panel Participation
2014 “STARTTalk Grant: University of Iowa”, Panel Presenter at AATSEEL International, Chicago, IL, Jan. 11.
2011 “Pushkin and the Russian Literary Language: Russification of the National Identity,” Forging Linguistic Identities, Towson State University, Mar.
2007 “Roots of Russian Animacy in Classical Greek”, Linguistics Panel Presenter at AATSEEL International, Chicago, IL.
1995 Old Church Slavonic Chair at AATSEEL International, Chicago, IL.
“Orthodoxy: The Basics of Faith” presentation of Russian Orthodox faith at Covenant of Grace Church (December 10, 2016)
“Environmental Science” merit badge class presented at Merit Badge Madness, Arrowhead District (November 2, 2016)
“Russia Past and Present” presentation of Russian artifacts at Parkville Middle School (April 16, 2016)
Academic or Professional Associations
American Council of Teachers of Russian
Other Professional or Scholarly Activity
Dr. Czeczulin is part of the five-member Bridge to Russian team, the result of a Teach to Lead grant. The objectives of the team are to 1) establish AP testing sites for Russian, 2) create a district-level connection between teachers of Russian and students who wish to take Russian, 3) train Russian teachers to hybridize their courses so that a student can approach his/her guidance counselor with a request to take Russian and then be connected, through distance learning and real classroom time, with a qualified Russian teacher who will teach him/her. Eventually, the team would like to lay the foundation for all less-commonly taught languages to work through this model in Maryland. The first AP test site has been established for all languages, and the first hybrid course will run in fall, 2017 as a pilot of the system.
Dr. Czeczulin has been awarded a second STARTalk grant position with the Bridging the Gap Through Technology for summer, 2017. Participants in this grant seek to create a master syllabus with online lessons that can be used to supplement current instruction by tailoring classes to individual student needs, heritage or non-heritage. The judicious use of technology to supplement current materials and create an inviting online environment is helpful in creating a student-centered classroom that allows all students to succeed, regardless of learning differences or status.
Dr. Czeczulin has recently been instated as a board member of the Project Lead the Way Engineering Advisory Committee. This committee seeks to enlighten the public about this public school program, recruit diversity to the program, and partner with businesses and professionals to connect students and potential employment.
Dr. Czeczulin is also the Baltimore County Special Education Liaison for Parkville Middle School and Center of Technology and Parkville High School Center for Mathematics, Science, and Computer Science. As such, she links parents to resources, acts in an advisory capacity to students with special needs, and attends IEP meetings as a surrogate IEP parent.