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 received his PhD in Slavic Languages and Literatures from the University of Kansas in 2023, focusing on second language acquisition. He also holds an MA in Croatian and Italian Language & Literature from the University of Split, Croatia. 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.


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 an assistant professor of instruction of Russian for the Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies. 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. 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)*.


Goran Radošević
The University of Split, Croatia

Goran RadoševićGoran Radošević completed his undergraduate studies in visual communications at the Academy of Arts in Split. In 2016 he completed his graduate studies in animated film and new media at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb in 2016. Since 2017., he has been working as a freelance illustrator, 2D animator and author. Goran participated in numerous exhibitions, film festivals and cultural projects, with a number of prominent clients in Croatia and abroad. He is a member of ULUPUH (The Croatian Association of Artists of the Applied Arts). Since 2019., he has been working as an external associate in the title of assistant at the Faculty of Civil engineering, Architecture and Geodesy in Split.


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 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. 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, and a multimedia-based first year French program.


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.