Benjamin Rifkin (PhD, University of Michigan) is Dean of Hofstra College of the Liberal Arts and Sciences, which includes the School of Education, as well as Professor of Russian at Hofstra University. He has previously served on the faculty and in leadership roles at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Temple University, The College of New Jersey, and Ithaca College, and was director of the Middlebury College School of Russian for four years. The author of over two dozen articles on foreign language learning and teaching and foreign language teacher education, published in journals such as Foreign Language Annals, Modern Language Journal, Slavic & East European Journal, among others, Rifkin has served on the Boards of Directors of both NECTFL and ACTFL, and on the editorial board of Foreign Language Annals. The recipient of two foreign language education grants from the US Department of Education, Rifkin was certified by ACTFL as an OPI Tester in Russian in 1992 and as an OPI Trainer in Russian in 1996. He is the author or co-author of three textbooks for Russian, the most recent of which is Panorama, published in July 2017. He has given dozens of invited lectures and workshops at universities all over the US as well as in China, Israel, Kazakhstan, and Russia and is the recipient of awards for teaching, service to the profession, as well as for two of his scholarly projects. Lastly, Rifkin loves golden retrievers and wishes he had one.