Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Stout | USA
Maria Alm is the Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. Prior to coming to UW-Stout in August, 2012, she was a Professor of Russian at the University of Northern Iowa, Head of the Department of Modern Languages, and served as Director of the University of Northern Iowa Institute for Humanities and Fine Arts in St. Petersburg, Russia, for over a decade. She also taught for a number of years at Middlebury College in Vermont, where she served one year as Dean of the Russian School.

Maria completed her Ph.D. in Slavic Languages and Literatures in 1987 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She completed an M.A. in Slavic Languages from UW-Madison (1982) and B.A. in Russian from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities (1980). She has a keen interest in foreign languages and has collaborated and developed study abroad programs at UW-Stout and the University of Northern Iowa.

Maria has co-authored the book The Cosmos of Russian Life: An Introduction to Russian Culture (2005). She has also published a range of articles on both Russian and Czech nineteenth and twentieth-century literature and served as co-editor of the journal, The Silver Age of Russian Literature and Culture, 1880-1921.
At the University of Wisconsin-Stout, Program Advisory Boards, comprised of business and industry partners, academics, employers, alumni, and students, meet every semester to review curriculum and student outcomes to see that programs are up-to-date and that students graduate ready for the workplace. These boards consistently emphasize the need for high-level communication skills, including written, oral, presentation, and intercultural skills. I will discuss our integrated approach
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