Baku is a fascinating but challenging place to work. The country continues to navigate the post-Soviet world, and 25 years after the establishment of the bilateral relationship, things continue to evolve. The economy is heavily oil dependent and diversifying the economy is an ongoing concern. However, the young people are extremely bright and curious about the U.S. education system, though Azerbaijan is mired in the old Soviet systems and bureaucracy. However, the people are very kind and generally want to work with the U.S. Systematic frustrations are related to the current government structure. Baku is a large, cosmopolitan city with good shopping and restaurants. Outside of Baku, it is varied. Azerbaijan has many cultural influences and it is interesting to see them all come together.
Host Institution: Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy
Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy (ADA) is a stellar institution. It was established in 2006 and is accredited by the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Azerbaijan. ADA is dedicated to preparing innovative global leaders and to promoting collaborative research on diplomacy, public and international affairs, business, humanities and sciences, information technologies and system engineering. ADA has been a valued partner to the Embassy, not only in their hosting of speakers and joint events, but their ongoing commitment to excellence in higher education in Azerbaijan. Their modern campus and top notch faculty make an excellent backdrop for expanding English language learning in higher education in Azerbaijan. Their administration and faculty have successfully managed other Fellows with the Embassy before, and they clearly understand how to leverage these opportunities to not only benefit their institution, but Azerbaijan as well.
- The Fellow will teach presentation skills, reading, and writing skills to students in the university’s Foundation Year at ADA.
- The Fellow will lead professional development to English teachers in the English faculty with some professional development for teachers outside the faculty, focusing on topics such as engaging learners, helping students understand academic honesty, and effective assessment.
- The Fellow will advise on the curriculum development for the Education Department’s certificate program that helps train the next generation of administrators of Azerbaijani schools.
- The Fellow will work in the ADA writing center to help students improve their business and career English writing skills.
The Fellow may be asked to:
- Travel to the newly-opened American Corners in the regions to deliver a series of trainings for teachers, facilitate MOOCs, and lead MOOC facilitator training
- Lead trainings for teachers in the newly developed English is Knowledge Program, which works with pre-service teachers and IDP students to develop English skills
- Lead weekly conversation club sessions for a select group of students at the Baku American Center
- Mentor in-country Fulbright ETAs and train them to facilitate American English MOOCs.