• William W. Derbyshire
  • William W. Derbyshire
  • Professor Emeritus
  • Retired, June 1994
  • Degree: Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania (Russian and Slavic linguistics)
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Research Interests:

Homonymy in Slavic Languages, Russian Intonation, Slovene language and linguistics.

Honors/Awards (selected):

  • IREX exchange of professors and teachers between USA and USSR, Moscow State University, summer, 1963
  • Fulbright Research Fellow in Slavic Linguistics at Institut za lingvistiku, Zagreb University, Zagreb, Yugoslavia, l972‑73
  • Rutgers University Research Council Fellow: 1972‑73 and 1989-90
  • New Jersey Department of Higher Education ‑ Humanities Grant Program, 1984‑85
  • Department of Education, Washington, DC, Research grants in 1989‑90 and again in 1995-96


A Basic Reference Grammar of Slovene. Slavica Publishers, Columbus, OH, 1993

A Learner's Dictionary of Slovene. Slavica Publishers, Bloomington, Indiana, 2002.

A Slovene reader. Rutgers University, 1994.

Articles / book chapters: approximately four dozen

Administrative Experience at Rutgers University

Chair or Director, Department of Russian / Slavic Languages and Literatures: 1971-1972, 1973‑79, 1985‑1993.

Misc. (selected)

Secretary‑Treasurer, Society for Slovene Studies, l983‑86 and again 2002-2008

President, American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages, 1985 - 1987

Board of Directors, American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies, 1986‑89


Member, Board of Directors and past-President of the Santa Fe Opera Guild

2018 Elected and awarded "Volunteer of the Year" of the Santa Fe Opera Guild

Runs and manages a program of monthly screenings of Russian and Czech operas on film.

Prof. Derbyshire currently does research and lectures on Russian and European opera.

Married, September 2013