Svetlana Nuss

Instructor of Russian


Office: Gruening 607C

Office hours:
By appointment



  • Ph.D.- University of Volgograd (1996)
  • MA- University of Pyatigorsk (1992)

University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks North Star Borough School District - ELL Specialist, ELL Instructional Coach

Studying and teaching English and Russian philology is my passion. I help school districts establish and develop EL coaching programs to support classroom teachers in making content accessible to linguistically diverse learners and building equity in ELL instructional practices.

 As a language instructor, linguist, and researcher at the University of Alaska, I experiment on how to improve instructional practices for morphologically rich languages like Russian. I also teach online graduate courses for the College of Education, Bilingual Literacy & TESOL Certification program at Grand Canyon University. No matter what I teach, I am dedicated to the success of my students and love learning with them!

I believe in supporting the profession and serve on the State of Alaska EL Advisory Committee. I am also a board member for two of my home state organizations, Alaskans for Language Acquisition (AFLA) and Alaska State Literacy Association (ASLA). Most recently, since 2laska019, I evaluate teacher education programs as an ACTFL/CAEP program accreditation reviewer.

 You can take a glimpse at my presentation at the Washington Association for Bilingual Education conference here