The American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages presented its 2005 Distinguished Service Award to Karen Evans-Romaine, director of the Middlebury College Russian School and associate professor at Ohio University, in December in Washington, D.C.
The AATSEEL citation said Evans-Romaine' service to the field of Slavic Studies is "truly impressive, especially for an active teacher and scholar who is still at the beginning of her career." She has served her field "from beginning students of Russian to senior researchers with grace, sensitivity, and genuine concern."A graduate of Oberlin College with a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, Evans-Romaine has been on the faculty at Ohio University since 1996. She came to the Russian School as a faculty member in 2001, and she succeeded Benjamin Rifkin as director of the school in 2003.
AATSEEL commended Evans-Romaine for her work in the early 1990s as the Fulbright Representative to the Russian Federation, her years of leadership on the AATSEEL Program Committee, and her accomplishments as director of the summer Russian School.