Class of '06
At the University of Tulsa, Randolph has been "on both sides of the barricades." In 2006, she earned a B.A. in Russian Studies and Communication from TU (later followed with an M.S. in Strategic Communications from Oklahoma State University).
Olga Randolph, M.S., joined the Department of Languages in 2010 as Adjunct Instructor of Russian to accommodate the growing interest in the language from both American and international students at TU. She teaches Beginning Russian in the fall and spring semesters, and Intermediate Russian in spring 2012.
"I love teaching Russian," says Randolph. "This is a language with a twist, but it's my native language, so I automatically admire every student who takes interest in Russian and the country's culture."
"And even more, I love teaching at TU, which is like home to me," she continues." I have students from Oklahoma and Saudi Arabia, Angola and Jordan, so I am truly bringing Russian to the whole world. And the atmosphere at TU is electrifying: it feels like a place where every day carries the promise of great things and where the contribution of every professor can really make a big difference."
A native speaker of Russian, Randolph employs the affective-semantic approach to teaching the language, working under the guidance of Applied Assistant Professor Elena Doshlygina. An accelerated learning method, the affective-semantic approach puts each student's unique personality, not language, at the center of the learning process. Students acquire Russian in a friendly, supportive environment, by being encouraged to use the learned language material in resolving real-life situations.
She has combined the pursuit of two career paths – teaching and communications – through her lifelong dedication to promoting cross-cultural understanding in general and the love of Russian culture in particular.
Randolph's research interests include cultural differences in communication between Russians and Americans, coaching cross-cultural competency, the effects of citizen diplomacy, the use of place branding as a strategic tool for country reputation, and the development of the Russian tourism and services sector.
Also a journalist and public relations professional with publications in both English and Russian, Randolph stays abreast of the latest developments in both countries and brings the perspective which easily resonates with present-day college students. She currently serves as the President of the sister city partnership between Tulsa and Zelenograd, Russia, organizing educational, business and cultural exchanges between the two cities and planning Russian cultural events in the local community.
What made TU right for me was the opportunity for a great education and a great on-campus community.