Developing Academic Writing Centers. A Project for Russia (October 24 – November 1, 2016)

October 10, 2016
The U.S. Department of State helps to shape a freer, more secure and more prosperous world through formulating, representing and implementing the President’s foreign policy. The Secretary of State is the President’s principal adviser on foreign policy and the person chiefly responsible for U.S. representation abroad.

The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs fosters mutual understanding between the United States and other countries through international educational, professional and cultural exchanges. The Bureau promotes personal, professional and institutional ties between private citizens and organizations in the United States and abroad, and presents U.S. history, society, art and culture in all of its diversity to overseas audiences.

The Office of International Visitors manages and funds the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). Launched in 1940, the IVLP seeks to build mutual understanding between the United States and other nations through carefully designed professional visits to the United States for current and emerging foreign leaders. These visits reflect the visitors’ professional interests and support the foreign policy goals of the U.S. government. Each year over 4,500 IVLP participants from all over the world are selected by U.S. embassies to travel to the United States to meet and confer with their professional counterparts. Through these encounters, they gain a greater understanding of the cultural and political influences in U.S. society and enjoy a firsthand experience of the United States, its people and its culture. Visitors represent government, politics, the media, education, nongovernmental organizations, the arts, public health, international security, business and trade, and other fields. Over 320 current and former heads of government and state and many other distinguished world leaders in the public and private sectors have participated in the International Visitor Leadership Program.

Program Administrator: Institute of International Education

The Institute of International Education (IIE) is among the world’s largest and most experienced international exchange organizations, dedicated to increasing the capacity of people to think and work on a global and intercultural basis. Founded in 1919 as an independent, not–for–profit organization, IIE is committed to delivering program excellence to a diverse range of participants, sponsors and donors.

Local Program Sponsors: Members of Global Ties U.S.

In most U.S. cities outside of Washington, DC and New York City, the Institute of International Education works closely with members of Global Ties U.S., a network of over 100 nonprofit organizations dedicated to building international understanding by connecting their communities with the world. Private citizens involved in these organizations volunteer to open their homes, schools, businesses, local government and nongovernmental agencies to leaders from abroad. Community–based members of Global Ties act as ‘local sponsors’ of the International Visitor Leadership Program by arranging professional and social activities for participants who visit their communities.


The U.S. Department of State (DOS) is sponsoring an International Visitor Leadership Program project entitled “Developing Academic Writing Centers,” for Russia, to be administered by the Institute of International Education and conducted from October 24 to November 1, 2016.

The Office of International Visitors seeks to provide a broad and balanced range of perspectives in the International Visitor Leadership Program. To this end, programs include a variety of appointments with individuals and representatives of organizations whose opinions do not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Government.

The Department of State has outlined the following specific objectives for the project:

Russia is looking to develop and integrate the concept of academic writing centers at universities across the country. With the goal of promoting best practices in education management, this ten- day project for an eight-person delegation of Russian university educators will be exploring the development, management, role and function of academic writing centers on American university campuses.

The Department of State has outlined the following specific objectives for the project:

  • Examine how academic writing centers have been set‑up and are managed;
  • Review the role, function, and impact that academic writing centers can have at an institutional level;
  • Examine methods for preparing foreign language researchers, academics, teachers and students to submit articles to international journals in English;
  • Review U.S. academic writing center standards; and
  • Examine the structures, formats, genres, and the submission and publication process of articles for internationally peer‑reviewed journals in English.


Ms. Elena Mikhailovna BAZANOVA
Chair, English Philology Department
Russian State Social University

Ms. Irina Valeryevna KOROVINA
Associate Professor, English Language Department
Mordoviya State University

Associate Professor and Chair of Foreign Languages at Institute of Philosophy and Legal Sciences, the Urals Branch of Russian Academy of Sciences

Ms. Iuliia Aleksandrovna SAZANOVICH
Lecturer of Foreign Languages, Foreign Languages Department
St. Petersburg National Research University of Information Technologies

Ms. Marina Ivanovna SOLNYSHKINA
Professor, Department of German Philology
Kazan Institute of Philology and Intercultural Communication

Ms. Svetlana Anatolyevna SUCHKOVA
Associate Professor, Department of English Philology Linguistic Russian State Social University

Ms. Anna Yuryevna SUSLOVA
Head, Department of Humanities and Foreign Languages
Baikal International Business School, Irkutsk State University

Ms. Nadezhda Nikolaevna ZHURAVLEVA
Deputy Director, Academic Writing Center, ‘Impulse’ (CAWI)  Tyumen State University

DENVER, COLORADO – October 23 – 26, 2016

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA – October 26 – 29, 2016

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS – October 29 – November 2, 2016

Arranged by:

International Visitor Leadership Program.