Project Team

Frane Karabatić (Project Director and Author)
The University of Texas at Austin

Frane KarabatićFrane Karabatić is an assistant professor of instruction in the Department of Slavic and Eurasian studies and teaches primarily courses related to Bosnian/Croatian/Montenegrin/Serbian and Russian language. He is also working on finishing his PhD studies at the University of Kansas focusing on second language acquisition. He holds an MA in Slavic Languages & Literatures from the University of Kansas, and an MA in Croatian and Italian Language & Literature from the University of Split, Croatia. He has been teaching B/C/M/S as a second language since 2009. In the past, together with B/C/M/S, he has been also teaching all levels of Italian and elementary Russian. In addition to teaching at the University of Texas, Frane has significant experience working as an interpreter and in teaching courses at the University of Kansas, the University of Pittsburgh, the University of Iowa, and Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, at both the undergraduate and graduate level.

Besides language classes, he has also taught South Slavic Literature and Civilization; The Peoples and Cultures of South-Eastern Europe through Film; Cultures of Central and Eastern Europe; Literatures of Central and Eastern Europe; Cinema in Communist and Post-Communist Central and Eastern Europe; The Vampire in Literature, Film, and Television.



Christian Hilchey
The University of Texas at Austin

Christian HilcheyChristian Hilchey completed his Ph.D. in Slavic Linguistics in 2014 at the University of Chicago. His work has focused on the grammatical category of aspect and certain verbal categories which manifest themselves in the aspectual system of Czech. He has also taught Czech extensively at all levels, at the University of Chicago, Indiana University and now at the University of Texas at Austin. In addition to working on Reality Czech, he teaches Czech language and culture courses at UT. He is also interested in food culture and the Texas Czech communities.


Heather R Rice
The University of Texas at Austin

Heather R RiceHeather Rice is the Russian language coordinator and an assistant professor of instruction of Russian for the Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies. She teaches lower-level, introductory Russian language courses.
In coordination with the Liberal Arts Instructional Technology Services (LAITS) at UT, Dr. Rice created the content for the three-semester online Russian language sequence and textbook Будем на связи (We’ll be in Touch / Online)*, which is exclusively used at the University of Texas for all lower-level, introductory Russian language courses, including the intensive and online sequences.
Dr. Rice completed her PhD in Linguistics and Slavic languages at Indiana University Bloomington in 2016. Her dissertation examined the second language phonological acquisition of the palatalization contrast in Russian.
Dr. Rice is the Southwest Regional Chair for the Olympiada of Spoken Russian, and through LAITS has served as a faculty consultant for the transition to online instruction.


Goran Radošević
The University of Split, Croatia

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Ivana Petričić
The University of Zadar, Croatia

Ivana PetričićIvana Petričić is a teacher in Private high school Marko Antun de Dominis in Split, Croatia.
She has a degree in Croatian language and literature from the University of Split, Faculty of Philosophy Zadar. While studying there, she showed special interest in Slavic languages and literature as well as linguistics. She has graduated from the University with the thesis on the comparison between Croatian and Serbian accents systems. Ivana has been teaching Croatian language for 20 years in Private high school Marko Antun de Dominis and she has achieved great success in the pedagogy of the language. She is a mentor to students from the University of Split, Faculty of Philosophy and she’s been teaching methodology of the language teaching. Ivana is also a proofreader of numerous publications and articles.


Carl Blyth (Director of COERLL)
The University of Texas at Austin

Carl BlythCarl Blyth is the Director of the Center of Open Educational Resources and Language Learning (COERLL) and Associate Professor of French Linguistics in the Department of French and Italian. He has held several administrative positions prior to COERLL: Coordinator of Lower Division French (1993-2002), Acting Director of Technology, Literacy and Culture (2001-2002), and Director/Asst Director of the UT Summer Program in Lyon, France. He has worked with colleagues on an online reference grammar of French (Tex’s French Grammar), and a multimedia-based first year French program (Français interactif).



Nathalie Steinfeld Childre (COERLL)
The University of Texas at Austin

Nathalie Steinfeld ChildreNathalie Steinfeld Childre is the Publications Manager/ Web Developer for COERLL. Before moving to Austin, Nathalie studied art history at the University of Zürich and completed an art program at the local art academy. She then graduated with degrees in art history and computer science. She has a passion for art, languages, and cultural studies and creates tailored websites and tools that enhance the student’s online experience with foreign languages and culture.