Irina Vakulenko

Senior Lecturer of Geospatial Information Sciences
Tags: Geospatial Information Science

Professional Preparation

M.A. - School Administration
Moscow State Pedagogical University - 1989
Ph.D. - Geography (Economic and Social Geography)
Moscow State Pedagoical University - 1985
M.S. - Geography and English
Moscow State Pedagogical University - 1978

Research Areas

Research Interests
Most of my academic carrier has been focused on teaching. Research areas have varied within a context of population studies and teaching methods and techniques. Areas of expertise include the study of population redistribution in response to new economic trends of switching to service-based economy in more developed countries, migration flows that accompanied that redistribution. Creative teaching and student-oriented learning have been explored and discussed in a number of publications.

Appointments

Senior Lecturer
University of Texas at Dallas [2008–2018]
Adjunct Professor
[2007–2008]
Richard College
Associate Professor
[2000–2009]
Collin College Community College

Additional Information

Achievements in Original Achievement, Investigation, and Research
  • In the course of research in 1980s I have had nine publications in scientific journals and books. All are in Russian. The list is available upon request.
Professional and University Citizenship
  • 2009 – Serve in the dissertation faculty committee for a Ph.D. student supervised by Dr. Al Armendariz, at the Department of Environmental and Civil Engineering, SMU. The project deals with potential environmental benefits of different types of neighborhood development at Army bases. Urban planning aspect of the matter was requested as an area of expertise.
  • 2009 –Performed textbook reviews and comparison analysis for Wiley Publishers.
  • 2009 - Participated in negotiations between EPPS and Saratov State University, Russia about the prospects of collaboration in the field of training undergraduate and graduate students in Social Sciences and possibilities of development joint degree programs. Took care of the Saratov State University delegation during their visit in Dallas, TX.
  • 1987 - Guest speaker at the University of London Institute of Education, and a year later BBC educational channel interviewed me in Moscow, attended my classes to feature me in their program.
  • 1984 - Presented the research findings at an international conference on Pacific Rim Development in Nakhodka (Russian Far East).
  • 1982-1985Collaborated with the USSR State Planning Committee to revitalize dying small town communities across Russia. Always participate in department and school meetings and activities. Courses and other curricula developed: I currently have the portfolio of seven courses including Intro to World Regions; Global Economy; Population and Development; Urban Planning and Policy; Urban Growth and Structure; Russia: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow; Human Migration and Mobility. Developed new syllabi, PowerPoint presentations, arsenal of creative learning control methods, student learning centered educational techniques, tests and student performance evaluation procedures. This portfolio is still being built and upgraded by 1-2 new courses each semester. University activities and committees
  • 2009 - Member of the committee on the learning space design at UTD. Participated in the pilot study of renovated learning classroom by testing it, followed by discussions, and surveys aboutit. The project was being coordinated by Dr. Rhonda Blackburn, Associate Provost.
Honors and other Recognitions
  • 1985, 1986 - Awards and recognitions from the USSR Ministry of Education for Creative Teaching. 
  • 2008 President’s Teaching Excellence Awards Nominee (UTD). 
  • 2011 Distinguished Teachers in Diversity and Multicultural education Award 
  • 2011 Recognizing Outstanding faculty EEPS Comet Award