Thomas J. Garza, Ed.D.
Foreign Language Education, Harvard University
Director, Texas Language Center
University Distinguished Teaching Associate Professor, Dept. of Slavic and Eurasian Studies
Thomas Garza is the Director of the Texas Language Center and Associate Professor in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, where he teaches Russian, foreign language pedagogy, and Russian popular culture. He has been traveling to Russia since 1979 and has lived in Moscow for over five years. A native Texan, Dr. Garza received his doctorate from Harvard University in 1987. During his twenty-plus-year tenure at the University, he has received several prizes for undergraduate teaching, including the Texas Excellence Award, the President's Associates Award, the Harry Ransom Award, and the Burnt Orange Apple Award. In 2004 he was inducted into the Academy of Distinguished Teachers, and in 2009 was named a Regents' Outstanding Teacher in the UT System.