Title: Foreign Language Educator
Company: Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center
Location: Monterey, California, United States
Dr. Jack Franke, Foreign Language Educator at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the Russian language.
Dr. Franke is an accomplished and celebrated figure in the field of language who has been teaching as a professor of Russian at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center since 2001. Alongside this appointment, he has also been serving as an institutional researcher and dean at the center, as well as the chairman of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, since 2014. Prior to these appointments, he served the U.S. Department of Defense with the center in several capacities, including as a professor in the Multi-Language School, assistant dean in the European and Latin American School, and Russian instructor, computer course developer and training specialist. He commenced his career as an interpreter and at-sea representative at the Marine Resource Corporation in 1988.
To prepare for his illustrious career, Dr. Franke pursued an education at the University of Texas at Arlington, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Russian language and literature in 1987. He subsequently transferred to the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, obtaining a Master of Arts in Russian translation and interpretation in 1992. Soon thereafter, he earned a Doctor of Philosophy in foreign language teacher education from Saint Petersburg State University in 1995. Most recently, he received a Doctor of Education in leadership and foreign language from the American College of Education in 2018.
A prolific author, Dr. Franke has published several works in relation to his expertise regarding Russian language, including a CD-Rom entitled “Basic Military Language Course – Russian” in 1992. He was the author of “The Big Silver Book of Russian Verbs,” currently in its second edition, as well as “Streetwise Russian with Audio CD: Speak and Understand Everyday Russian.” A linguist in the United States Army from 1983 to 1985, he is fluent in five languages: English, Russian, Spanish, French and German.
In an effort to remain abreast of recent developments within the industry, Dr. Franke maintains affiliation with several organizations. A member of Disabled American Veterans and the American Legion, he also associates with the American Council on the Teaching Foreign Languages, the Association for the Advancement of Teachers of Slavic and Eastern European Languages and the American Council of Teachers of Russian, among others. Furthermore, he is a member of Phi Sigma Iota and Kappa Delta Phi.
In recognition of his exceptional contributions to Russian language, Dr. Franke was named an Exemplary Educator by Smart Tech Corporation and a Distinguished Alumnus by the University of Texas at Arlington in 2005. In addition, he was the recipient of the Campus Technology Innovator Award in 2005. Dr. Franke has further been highlighted in several editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Education, Who’s Who in the West and Who’s Who in the World.
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