- B.S. Patrice Lumumba People's Friendship University in Moscow
- M.A. Patrice Lumumba People's Friendship University in Moscow
Professor Khmelkova graduated in 1974 from Patrice Lumumba People's Friendship University in Moscow and has been teaching Russian language and culture in Laos, Slovakia, and at the Pedagogical University in her hometown of Volgograd, Russia. She has taught a wide range of courses, including Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced Russian, Russian Culture and Civilization (both in Rusian and in English), Business Russian, Russian Literature, Readings in Russian History and Culture, Russian Conversation and Russian Comprehension. Recently she developed and taught her Russian culture class as a web-based course. She also taught an introduction to Russian for agriculturalists via interactive video hook-up to students at various agricultural colleges in the USA. Ms. Khelkova is the recipient of several awards, including the Jan Amos Komenski Medal for Teaching, Slovakia, 1986, and the College of the Liberal Arts Excellence in Teaching Award for Non-Tenure Line Faculty, 2003.