Lydia Tarnavsky, Ph.D., Professor of Modern Languages and Classics (German)



Lydia Tarnavsky, Ph.D., Professor of Modern Languages and Classics (German)
Language Methodology; Ukrainian Themes in German Literature
Office: Kiernan Hall 204
Phone: (518)786-5068


Degrees: Ph.D. Germanic Languages and Literatures (University of Michigan); M.A. in German (Middlebury College/Johannes Gutenberg Universitaet; M.S. Instructional Technology and Curriculum Development (State University of New York at Albany);  M.A. in Teaching English as a Second Language (Wayne State University);  B.A. German/English (Wayne State University)


Educator with national and international experience teaching English as a Second Language, German Language, Literature, Cinema and Instructional Technology. Held teaching/faculty positions at the following institutions in the U.S. and abroad: University of Michigan, University of Maryland (European Division: Bremenhaven and Berlin, Germany), Siegener Gesammt-Hochschule-Universitaet (Siegen, Germany), The College of Wooster, and Dartmouth College. Currently professor of German at Siena College. Nominated for the Best Teacher Award at Siena College.


Initiator of a new courses at Siena College: Teaching in Elementary and Secondary Schools with the Implementation of New Technologies (Education Department); Twentieth Century Germanic Literature in Translation, Twentieth Century German Cinema;  German Study/Travel course; US and German Media Literacy; and German Drama Studied and Staged.


Founder and Director of the Siena College Summer Teacher Training Institute for Teachers of English in Ukraine. For the past 18 years secured funds and traveled to Ukraine to lead teacher training workshops, worked with the International Renaissance Foundation (Soros) and the Ukrainian Ministry of Education to establish teacher resource/technology centers in Ukraine. To date, eight such centers have been established in Dnipropetrovsk, Donetsk, Chernihiv, Kirovohrad, Kovel, Myrhorod, Odesa, and Uzhhorod. Also, co-directed the Siena College – University of Uzhorod Business Initiative Training Program, funded by the URASIA Foundation.


Professional Service: Served on the following college committees: Board of Instruction, Committee to Evaluate International Education at Siena, College Board for Student Advising, Liaison for Career Center/Modern Language Department, Faculty Handbook Committee, Committee on Teaching, Library Committee, and Steering Committee for the implementation of a Globalization minor at Siena College. Also, served as member of the National Board of Advisors for SCOLA (Satellite Communications for Learning in the U.S.).