Ukraine is one of the largest countries in Eastern Europe, and it is known for its Orthodox churches, Black Sea coastline, Carpathian mountains and temperate climate. The environment in Ukraine today (excluding the Donbas and Crimea) is generally stable and safe, and people have a welcoming attitude towards Americans.
Kyiv is the capital of Ukraine with more than 15 centuries of history and cultural heritage. It has a unique architecture, historic locations, and masterpieces of art at its numerous museums, galleries and exhibitions. The religious side of the Ukrainian capital is distinctively shaped by renowned historic sights and monuments, such as the gold-domed St. Sophia’s Cathedral with 11th-century mosaics and frescoes and the Kyiv Pechersk Lavra monastery complex housing Scythian tomb relics and catacombs containing mummified Orthodox monks. Kyiv has changed and developed greatly in recent years, reaching the highest level of social, economic, and cultural development among the cities of Ukraine. The city is relatively safe and easy to navigate by inexpensive and well-developed public transportation and taxi. There is a large expatriate community, access to various amenities, and a wide range of restaurants.
Host Institution: National University Kyiv – Mohyla Academy
National University Kyiv – Mohyla Academy (UKMA) is one of the most progressive universities in Ukraine, where English is a working language. The university teaching system took the best traditions from Ukrainian education, formed through the centuries, and combined them with modern, western liberal arts education. PAS has had a longstanding relationship with Kyiv-Mohyla Academy’s English Department and actively supports the development of various programs and activities for teachers and students. The newly developed English Writing Center (EWC) offers academic writing courses and provides guidance to teachers and students in preparing for graduate study, scholarship applications, and the professional work force. Last year UKMA’s English Department conducted the national conference on academic writing and shared their experience in developing the English Writing Center with other institutions. The presence of the Window on America Library at UKMA is a valuable resource for the Fellow’s work.
- The Fellow will be involved in the further development of the English Writing Center, consulting a team of student-tutors and instructors.
- The Fellow will conduct monthly workshops on teaching techniques for young faculty members and Conversation Club sessions for students.
- The Fellow will travel to other cities to give professional presentations at nationwide and regional teacher training conferences and at TESOL-Ukraine activities.
The Fellow may be asked to:
- Design and implement America House English language activities such as America House English Speaking Club WE@AH, weekly teachers training seminars, movie nights and documentary screenings, and thematic English language events/programs that relate to America and promote civil society development, good governance and rule of law, economic development, tolerance, diversity, human rights, free flow of ideas and information, and enhancing U.S./Ukraine mutual understanding.
- Conduct outreach programs initiated by the Regional English Language Office outside Kyiv.
- Participate in RELO/Post designated outreach projects and activities such as AE Webinars and MOOCs.