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Ben Rifkin PhD

  • PhD
  • Provost / Professor
  • Ithaca College
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A professor of modern languages, Benjamin (Ben) Rifkin, PhD, is currently a professor of Modern Languages and Literature at Ithaca College. At Ithaca College and at other institutions where he has taught, Ben Rifkin has developed over a dozen new courses on Russian language and culture, including History of Russian Film, Russia Today (an interdisciplinary survey), Contemporary Russian Literature, and a survey of 19th century Russian literature, all in translation, as well as courses on methods of teaching Russian and other less commonly taught languages. In addition to being a professor, Benjamin Rifkin has substantial experience in the area of assessment of learning outcomes. He was certified by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages as an oral proficiency interview tester in 1992 and as an oral proficiency interview tester trainer in 1996. To date, he has mentored more than 100 faculty members throughout the country in the deployment of this assessment system and has developed assessment protocols and mentored faculty developing their departments' assessment protocols at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Temple University, and The College of New Jersey. His work in the area of performance-based assessment dates back to his initial ACTFL certification and has led to the publication of numerous papers in peer-reviewed journals on the assessment of learning outcomes. Ben Rifkin has experience also in the area of budgeting for academic affairs and academic affairs personnel matters. For example, as Provost and Vice President for Educational Affairs at Ithaca College, he managed a budget of $109 million. As Provost at Ithaca College and as Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at The College of New Jersey, he participated in the reappointment and tenure and promotion reviews for all tenure-track faculty, as well as managing the tenure track hire process in accordance with the personnel practices of each of these institutions. At Ithaca College, he developed and implemented a new data-based process for proposing new tenure-track and non-tenure track hires and new guidelines for inclusive searches for new faculty. At Ithaca College and The College of New Jersey Ben Rifkin developed and implemented new systems and structures to support faculty professional development; at TCNJ he implemented a new system for faculty to mentor one another.

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Publications (5)

  • Apples and oranges are both fruit, but they don't taste the same: A response to Wynne Wong and Bill VanPatten

    • Leaver B
    • Rifkin B
    • Shekhtman B
  • Revisiting beliefs about foreign language learning

    • Rifkin B
  • Gender representation in foreign language textbooks: A case study of textbooks of Russian

    • Rifkin B
  • Error Gravity in Learners' Spoken Russian: A Preliminary Study

    • RIFKIN B
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  • Error Gravity: A Critical Review of Research Design

    • Rifkin B
    • Roberts F
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Professional experience

Provost / Professor

Ithaca College

January 2015 - Present


College of New Jersey

January 2009 - January 2015(6 years)

Assistant Professor

University of Wisconsin at Madison

January 1990 - January 2005(15 years)

Director of the School of Russian

Middlebury College

January 2000 - January 2003(3 years)


PhD, Slavic Languages and Literatures

University of Michigan

January 1985 - January 1990(5 years)

MA, Russian & East European Studies

Yale University

January 1978 - January 1983(5 years)

BA, Russian & East European Studies

Yale University

January 1978 - January 1983(5 years)