University of Vermont

The College of Arts and Sciences

Department of German and Russian

Retired Faculty - Kenneth L. Nalibow

Kenneth Nalibow

Kenneth L. Nalibow, Associate Professor of Russian

  • Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 1970
Area of expertise

Language Pedagogy, Russian Phonology, Slavic Languages

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Professor Kenneth Nalibow retired in the Fall of 2009 as the longest serving member of the Department of German and Russian. He joined the University of Vermont in 1970 after completing his Ph.D. in Balto-Slavic Philology at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a gifted linguist who amazes his colleagues and students with his flawless pronunciation in Russian. He served as Director of the Russia/East Europe Studies Program from 1981 to 1992 and from 1995 to his retirement.

Ken Nalibow's professional interest was particularly focused on language pedagogy and he presented numerous papers on this topic at the national and regional meetings of the American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages. At UVM, he was twice nominated for the Kroepsch-Maurice Award for Excellence in Teaching. From 1980-1988, he served as the book review editor for the Slavic and East European Journal.

His second passion was new technology and the use of media in the classroom. Ken Nalibow was actively involved in upgrading the UVM Language Resource Center for which he served as interim director from 1997 to 1998. He also turned his great interest in contemporary Russian film into a successful course.

For his younger colleagues, Ken Nalibow served as the institutional memory. Having received his B.A. at UVM in 1964 and teaching at this institution for thirty-nine years, he certainly knows our university well. We will miss his great stories and wish him a long and joyous retirement.