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Dr. Irina Ivliyeva has been named interim chair of the arts, languages and philosophy department at Missouri S&T. Her appointment begins Friday, Sept. 1.
Ivliyeva, professor of Russian at Missouri S&T, will take on the role of chair following the resignation of Dr. Audra Merfeld-Langston.
“I am grateful to have Irina’s help during this transition, and I know that she will do an excellent job supporting S&T students’ passion for the performing arts, language studies and philosophical contemplation,” says Dr. Mehrzad Boroujerdi, vice provost and dean of the College of Arts, Sciences, and Education. “I want to thank Dr. Merfeld-Langston for her years of service to S&T and wish her the best in her future endeavors.”
Ivliyeva joined the Missouri S&T faculty in 1997 as a lecturer of Russian. Since 2000, she has served as an instructor in the American pronunciation program at S&T’s Speech Communication Center and a senior assessor for the Graduate Teaching Assistant Workshop. She was named instructor of Russian in 2000, assistant professor of Russian in 2006, and professor in 2018. During her tenure, Ivliyeva has received multiple awards for outstanding teaching. She was named Missouri S&T’s Woman of the Year in 2012 and earned the College of Arts, Sciences, and Education Dean’s Medal for Outstanding Commitment to Undergraduate Student Success in 2023.
“I hope to continue the high standard of leadership that Audra has set and make sure that all our students have the opportunity to succeed and learn at S&T,” says Ivliyeva. “I am grateful for the opportunity to lead this amazingly talented department and its students.”
Ivliyeva has served on S&T’s Campus Curriculum Committee and the Female and Underrepresented Minority Faculty Recruiting and Retention Task Force, and is a faculty evaluator for the annual Undergraduate Research Conference. She served as chair of S&T’s Center for Advancing Faculty Excellence (CAFE) from June 2019 to July 2022.
Prior to joining S&T, Ivliyeva served as an assistant professor of Russian at the Moscow Power Engineering Institute in Russia, a visiting instructor of Russian at the University of Maryland at College Park, and an instructor of Russian and Russian House advisor for the Summer Russian Language Institute in Budapest, Hungary.
Ivliyeva earned a Ph.D. in linguistics from the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow in 1997. Her specialty is Russian language, general and Russian semantics, and word formation synthesis. She earned a Master of Arts degree in Russian language and literature and its teaching from the Lomonosov Moscow State University School of Philology in Moscow in 1989.