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Dr. William Comer

William J. Comer
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
Associate Professor of Russian Language and Literature
Director of Russian Flagship Program






William Comer comes to Portland State from the University of Kansas where he taught Russian language and culture from 1992-2014. At Kansas, he coordinated the Russian language program, developed the Russian language curriculum, and trained and supervised graduate teaching assistants.  He has published numerous articles in national journals including the Slavic and East European Journal, Russian Language Journal and Foreign Language Annals. His pedagogical edition of Viktoria Tokareva’s short story A Day without Lying (Slavica, 2008) was awarded the prize for Best Book in Language Pedagogy by American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages in 2010. In August 2009 he won the University of Kansas W.T. Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence. He is co-author of Mezhdu nami (=Between you and me), an online, open-access textbook for elementary Russian. 

At Portland State he teaches courses in Russian language, literature and culture, and directs the Russian Language Flagship Program.

In 2015-16, he is co-director of the joint PSU-University of Oregon Flagship Community Linkages grant which seeks to strengthen the connections between language programs in schools and community colleges and The Language Flagship programs. 

Contact Information:
Phone: 503-725-3539
Email: wcomer@pdx.edu