Professor of Russian and Second Language Acquisition and Director of Russian Language Institute
Office: Russian Center, 2nd Floor
Dan E. Davidson is Professor of Russian and Second Language Acquisition at Bryn Mawr College, where he has held the rank of full professor (now part-time) since 1983. Dr. Davidson received his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Slavic Languages and Literatures from Harvard University and has devoted the past thirty-five years to research, teaching, and the institutionalization of support for the fields of Russian and second language acquisition, international education, and post-Soviet educational reform. Dr. Davidson is the author or editor of forty-four books and more than 60 articles in the fields of Russian language, culture, and educational development, including a major twenty-year longitudinal, empirically-based study of adult second language acquisition during study abroad. Dr. Davidson’s latest study, “Study Abroad: When, How Long, and with What Results? New Data from the Russian Front,” appears in the Foreign Language Annals special edition on Study Abroad, Spring 2010. He has directed thirty Ph.D. dissertations and 35 M.A. theses in the field of Russian and second-language acquisition.
Professor Davidson is president and co-founder of the American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS, which, since beginning operation on the Bryn Mawr campus in 1976, has developed into one of the premier international education and U.S. government funded exchange organizations, focusing its expertise on the design and implementation of advanced level language and area studies, professional development, curriculum and test development, research and evaluation, and institution building. Its association division, the American Council of Teachers of Russian (ACTR), is dedicated to strengthening the study and teaching of Russian language and literature throughout the United States. From 1992–1995, Dr. Davidson served as co-chairman of the Transformation of the Humanities and Social Sciences initiative sponsored by philanthropist George Soros. The program produced over four hundred experimental textbooks for schools and colleges in Eurasia.
Dr. Davidson is currently elected chair of the Joint National Committee for Languages (JNCL), vice-chair of the Board of Trustees of the European Humanities University (Vilnius), vice president of the International Association of Teachers of Russian Language and Literature (MAPRIAL), member of the Executive Committee and past-chair of the Alliance for International Educational and Cultural Exchange, and member of the Board of Governors of the University of California Consortium for International Education, the Board of Directors of the Coalition for Distinguished Language Centers (CDLC), the U. S. National Foreign Language Standards Collaborative, and the College Board World Languages Academic Advisory Committee, and the Center for Educational Testing and Methodology (Kyrgyzstan), the first independent educational testing center in Central Asia. Dr. Davidson served previously on the board of trustees of NAFSA, NFLC, and World Education Services. He is a foreign elected foreign member of the Russian Academy of Pedagogical Sciences (RAO) and recipient of an honorary professorship from Kyrgyz National University (Bishkek) and of honorary doctoral degrees from Almaty State University (Kazakhstan), the Russian Academy of Sciences (Division of Language and Literature), and the State University of World Languages (Uzbekistan). He has received awards for distinguished service to the profession from the American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages (AATSEEL) in 1995 and the Association of Departments of Foreign Languages of the Modern Language Association (ADFL/MLA) in 1997. In 2005 he received the Kyrgyz National Medal of Honor (“Dank”).
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