Biljana Belamaric

Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures
314 Dey Hall
University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC 27599
Email: bbiljana@email.unc.edu


Curriculum Vitae:
Education
Certifications
Publications
Employment
Conferences
Grants
Volunteer Work
Honors

EDUCATION
2001-2003   University of North Carolina   Chapel Hill, NC
o M.A. Slavic Languages and Literatures.
o M.A. Thesis: Resolving Ethnic Conflict through Language Planning: Constitutional Changes in the Republic of Macedonia.
o Other research: Diminutivity in Macedonian

2000-2001   University of Memphis   Memphis, TN
o M.A. English as a Second Language.

1996-2000   University of Memphis   Memphis, TN
o B.M. Music Performance, Summa Cum Laude.

CERTIFICATIONS

Summer 2005   Grant Institute   North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC
o Certified Grant Writer

Spring 2004   National Institutes of Health (NIH)   Bethesda, MD
o Certified to conduct research with human subjects by completing the Human Participants Protection Education for Research Teams online course, sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Summer 2001   University of West Bohemia   Pilsen, Czech Republic
o Certified English as a Foreign Language Teacher from the University of West Bohemia and UNESCO.

PUBLICATIONS

o "Reading and Pronouncing Macedonian: An Interactive Tutorial." In OSUWPSS 3 (Spring 2004) 13-25.

o Resolving Ethnic Conflict through Language Planning: Constitutional Changes in the Republic of Macedonia. Master's Thesis. University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill: 2003.

o "Resolving Ethnic Conflict: The Constitution of the Republic of Macedonia." In South-East European Politics Online IV:1 (May 2003), 25-40.

EMPLOYMENT

August 2005   Titan Corporation   Washington, D.C.
o Developer and instructor for an intermediate/advanced seminar in Macedonian language and culture, conducted entirely in Macedonian for linguists and employees of Titan Corporation.

January-February 2005   Fulbright-Hayes Faculty Research Program   Chapel Hill, NC
o Provided Serbian-English translation of Evropski Forum articles for Dr. Milada Vachudova's grant, entitled "Democratization and the Prospect of EU Membership: Comparing East Central Europe and the Balkans."

September-November 2004   United Nations War Crime Tribunal for Former Yugoslavia   The Hague, Netherlands
o Content analyst for texts by Vojislav Seselj in original Serbian, including searching all of his publications for key phrases; providing context for references; and paraphrasing and translating content into English; while working for the prosecution.

2004-2005   Graduate School, UNC-CH   Chapel Hill, NC
o Instructor for one section of GRAD 311: Advanced Communicating in the American Classroom (Spring 2005).
o Instructor for one section of GRAD 310: Communicating in the American Classroom (Fall 2004).

2004-present   SAS Institute   Cary, NC
o Operational Risk Research Analyst specializing in Slavic and European companies and events.

2004-present   University of North Carolina Distance Education Program   Chapel Hill, NC
o Distance education instructor on-record for Beginning Russian.

2003-present   Chapel Hill Institute for Culture and Language Education (CHICLE)   Carrboro, NC
o Interpreter from Macedonian, Bosnian, Serbian, Croatian to English and from English to Macedonian, Bosnian, Serbian, and Croatian.
o Developer and instructor of a beginning-level course in conversational Russian.

Summer 2003   University of North Carolina   Chapel Hill, NC
o Assistant to the Gifts Processing Coordinator in the Acquisitions department of Davis Library.
o Assisted in the design and conducting of phone surveys with health care providers and physicians regarding mental health awareness and resources in several rural North Carolina counties while working for the Institute for Mental Health.
o Administrative assistant to the Assistant Dean for Alumni Services at the Law School.

2003 - present   Language Services Associates   Willow Grove, PA
o Macedonian-English translation of documents.
o Bosnian-English translation of documents.

2002-2004   University of North Carolina, Center for Teaching and Learning   Chapel Hill, NC
o Graduate Teaching Consultant. Responsible for planning and conducting teaching workshops, assisting with the planning and facilitation of the annual Graduate Teaching Assistant Fall Orientation and Faculty Teaching Assistants Coordinator/Graduate Teaching Liaison Retreat, and planning and implementing special programs identified in collaboration with the Graduate Teaching Assistants Development Network of Faculty Coordinators and Graduate Teaching Liaisons.

2002 - 2005   University of North Carolina, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures   Chapel Hill, NC
o Teaching Assistant: instructor for section 002 of the course RUSS 001: Beginning Russian, first semester in Fall 2003, Fall 2004.
o Teaching Assistant: instructor for one section of the course RUSS 002: Beginning Russian, second semester in Spring 2003, Spring 2004, Spring 2005.
o Teaching Fellow: instructor on-record for the cross-listed course SLAV 075/LING 075: Languages and Nationalism in Fall 2002.

Fall 2002, Fall 2003   University of North Carolina, Department of German   Chapel Hill, NC
o Shock lesson instructor. A shock lesson is designed to show language teachers what it is like to be a student in a class conducted entirely in a foreign language, as is the standard for German language instruction at UNC-CH.

Fall 2002 - Spring 2004   Graduate and Professional Student Federation   Chapel Hill, NC
o International Student Issues Committee Co-Chair (Fall 2003 - Spring 2005); responsible for the creation of a website, and the organization of the first International Student Talent Show and Party at UNC-CH.
o Treasurer (Fall 2003 - Spring 2004).
o Appropriations committee member (Fall 2002 - Spring 2003).
o Senator from the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures (Fall 2002 - Spring 2003).

2001-2004   University of North Carolina, Southeast and East European Language Resource Center (SEELRC)   Chapel Hill, NC
o Developed and published the on-line tutorial for Reading and Pronouncing Macedonian.
o Participated in design, testing, and web publishing of language games for three of the Slavic languages: Czech, Serbo-Croatian, and Macedonian.

2001-2002   University of North Carolina, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures   Chapel Hill, NC
o Responsible for organization of department showcase events and for program design and production.

Spring 2001   University of Memphis English Department   Memphis, TN
o Webmaster for the Graduate English Department website: http://people.memphis.edu/~egoffice.
o Responsible for design and production of flyers, invitations, and programs for departmental events and award ceremonies.

2000-2001   University of Memphis English Department   Memphis, TN
o Graduate assistant to the professors in charge of graduate student affairs, with responsibilities such as obtaining books and reading materials from libraries, accommodating graduate students' inquiries, as well as secretarial work - copying and filing articles, documents and mailing letters.

1996-2001   WUMR-FM   Memphis, TN
o Responsibilities include production, recording, writing, editing, on-air performance, public relations, clerical and computer work, and direct supervision of radio station staff.
o Advanced from volunteer on-air personality to Production Director in April 1997, Traffic Director in January 1998, and to Program Director in April 2000.

1995-1996   WQOX-FM   Memphis, TN
o Responsibilities include production, on-air performance, representing the station at scheduled events, and giving tours to visitors.

CONFERENCES

July 2003   Duke-UNC Slavic and East European Language Research Center Summer Institute   Durham, NC
o Presented the paper: "Multimedia on CALL: Teaching LCTLs in the 21st Century."

May 2003   Fifth Macedonian-North American Conference on Macedonian Studies   Columbus, OH
o Presented the paper: "Reading and Pronouncing Macedonian: An Interactive Tutorial" at the Ohio State University.

July 2002   Duke-UNC Slavic and East European Language Research Center Summer Institute   Durham, NC
o Presented the paper: "Using Interactive Technology to Teach Alphabets: B/C/S and Others" with Dr. Curt Ford, University of South Carolina.

April 2002   Balkan Conference   Chapel Hill, NC
o Presented the paper: "Attempting to Resolve Language Conflict: The 2001 Macedonian Constitution" for the Thirteenth Biennial Conference on Balkan and South Slavic Linguistics, Literature, and Folklore.

March 2002   AATSEEL of the Carolinas   Chapel Hill, NC
o Presented the paper: "Sung Histories: Themes in Macedonian Music" for the annual conference of the American Association of Teachers of Southeast and East European Languages at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.

GRANTS

Spring 2003   Graduate School, University of North Carolina   Chapel Hill, NC
o Recipient of a Travel Grant for presenting the paper "Reading and Pronouncing Macedonian: An Interactive Tutorial" at the Fifth Macedonian-North American Conference on Macedonian Studies in Columbus, Ohio.

Spring 2002   Office of Distinguished Scholarships and Intellectual Life, University of North Carolina   Chapel Hill, NC
o Recipient of an Intellectual Life grant for the organization of the 2002 Slavic Spektakl', an annual event showcasing skits and music performed by the students of the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures.

VOLUNTEER WORK

2004 - present   WXYC-FM   Chapel Hill, NC
o Board Member, representing the student body, its opinions, and interests on board meetings of the student radio station at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

Fall 2002 - present   Graduate Student Honor Court   Chapel Hill, NC
o Member of the Graduate Student Honor Court and University Hearings Board at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill.

Fall 2002 - Spring 2003   AATSEEL of the Carolinas   Chapel Hill, NC
o As Chapter President of the American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages (AATSEEL), I organized the 2003 local conference, including sending abstract invitations and reminders, organizing selection committees, corresponding with the selected presenters, designing the conference flyers and programs, finding funding and other aspects of the conference.

Summer 2002 - present   Gorin & Cook, Inc.   http://www.gorin.com/phrase/macedonian.html
o Liaison for the Macedonian language.

Spring 2002   Language Services Associates   Willow Grove, PA
o Macedonian-English translation of documents.

Fall 2001 - Spring 2002   University of North Carolina   Chapel Hill, NC
o Taught as a substitute and guest for various professors in the department of Slavic Languages and Literatures. Classes taught included Russian 001: Elementary Russian, Russian 003: Intermediate Russian, Slavic 75: Languages and Nationalism, Serbo-Croatian 102: Intermediate Serbo-Croatian, Serbo-Croatian 108: Fourth-year Serbo-Croatian, Russian 191: Teaching Methods, and Slavic 30: Introduction to Slavic Civilization.
o Tutored Serbo-Croatian, Macedonian, and Russian.

Summer 2001   University of West Bohemia  Pilsen, Czech Republic
o Spent a summer semester team-teaching students of English as a Foreign Language, preparing them for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

Spring 2001   Memphis, TN
o Assisted with the indexing of Dr. Barbara Ching's Wrong is What I Do Best (Oxford University Press, 2001);
o Proofread Tony R. Adams' Drum Tuning Theory (Two One Publishing, 2001).

Spring 2001   University of Memphis   Memphis, TN
o Speak Test examiner. The test assesses oral skills of non-native speakers of English.

February 2001   University of Memphis Department of English   Memphis, TN
o Registrar for the administering of the tournament in writing - WordSmith 2001 at the University of Memphis University Center Ballroom.

July-December 2000   Latino-Memphis Connexion   Memphis, TN
o Taught English as a second language as a volunteer tutor.

April 2000   University of Memphis Chemistry Department   Memphis, TN
o Proctor and official for the administering of the high school honors chemistry competition.

March-May 1997   LeBonheur Children's Research Hospital   Memphis, TN
o Translated between Bosnian mothers and children and the American host-families and administrators at the hospital. These children were brought in for heart surgery as part of a relief mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

April1997-May 1997   Dyslexia Foundation of Memphis   Memphis, TN
o As a volunteer tutor, taught English (reading and writing) to dyslexic children ages 8-12.

SELECTED HONORS

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill:
o Alpha Epsilon Lambda National Academic Honor Society for Graduate and Professional Students, President (2004)
o Frank Porter Graham Graduate and Professional Student Honor Society, President (2004)
o Merit Award Graduate Assistantship (Fall 2001-Spring 2002)

University of Memphis:
o Graduate Award in English as a Second Language (Spring 2001) for the paper "The Native/Non-native ESL/EFL Teacher Dilemma: Perceptions and Facts"
o Commencement Ceremony Marshal for the Department of Communication and Fine Arts (Spring 2000)
o Dean's Academic Achievement Award (Spring 2000)
o American Chemical Society co-chair (Spring 2000)
o Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honor Society member, scholarship winner, and scholastic achievement award winner (1999)
o Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society member and Scholarship winner (1999)
o Study Abroad Scholarship winner (1999)
o Olswanger Piano Scholarship winner (1999)
o All-American scholar (1998, 1999, 2000)
o Sigma Tau Delta English club (1999)
o Gamma Beta Phi member and historian (1998-2000)
o Phi Eta Sigma freshman honor society (1997)

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