Our Team

Elena Bazanova, PhD
Email: e.m.bazanova@gmail.com

Elena Bazanova has worked in the field of English for specific and academic purposes since 2001. She directs Academic Writing Center at National University of Science and Technology MISiS and focuses her work on academic writing and oral communication in higher education.

Prior to joining NUST MISiS, Elena has worked as Associate Professor of the Department of Foreign Languages at Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT). She also worked as Director of MIPT Language Training and Testing Center. Her research addressed issues around English language teaching and language assessment, with particular reference to international standardized tests.

Elena earned her PhD at Moscow State Linguistic University, where she did research into Web-based Career-oriented Language Teaching for Graduate Students. She holds a Diploma in ELT Management Skills, IHLondon.

Dr. Bazanova has a wide range of publications to date reflecting her teaching and research, including English for Specific Purposes (ESP), English for Academic Purposes (EAP), Web-based teaching and learning, blended problem-based learning strategies, subject-oriented teaching, Web 2.0 in higher education.

Elena is the author of the COURSERA specialization English for Research Publication Purposes, which contains four MOOCs: Academic Literacy, Scholarly Communication, Grant Proposal, and Technical Writing.
Dr. Bazanova is the author of about 40 publications, including 17 textbooks and academic study manuals for English language teaching, among which there is a two-volume English language book Breakthrough, which won the All-Russia competition in the nomination: “The best TESOL textbook for nonlinguistic universities.”
Elena is a member of:
– International Association of Writing Centers (IAWC), USA;
– European Association for the Teaching of Academic Writing (EATAW), and the Association of Science Editors and Publishers, Russia. Elena Bazanova is an alumna of the International Visitor Leadership Program “Developing Academic Writing Centers,” USA, 2016.
In 2017, Dr. Bazanova did Business Rhetoric course at Harvard University.



Kelly Metz-Matthews
Senior Lecturer

Kelly Metz-Matthews has spent nearly a decade teaching across the disciplines of English Rhetoric and Writing, (T)ESOL, and Teacher Education.

In addition to serving as a (virtual) English Language Fellow for NUST MISiS, Kelly coordinates an academic writing program at the University of San Diego and coordinates faculty learning at San Diego City College.

Kelly holds a bachelor’s degree in English, a master’s degree in liberal studies (emphasis: narrative nonfiction writing), a master’s degree in English as a second language curriculum and instruction, and a TESL/TEFL certificate. She is currently completing her doctoral dissertation on the ways English functions as a form of gendered symbolic power.

Prior to teaching, Kelly worked as a professional writer and editor. She has publications forthcoming on participatory writing in the remote second-language classroom and on preparing teachers to work with emerging bilinguals in the U.S./Mexican borderlands.

Valentina Abdreshova


Valentina holds a law degree and MA in Sociology, Astrakhan State University, Astrakhan, Russia (2013).

Valentina has spent more than a decade working in the field of higher education. For 6 years she used to teach across the disciplines – international law, international humanitarian law, and tourist formalities.

Valentina worked as deputy head of the International office at ASU (Astrakhan State University). She was responsible for students recruitment, and the development of international educational programs.

In her current position, Valentina is committed to expanding the audience of Academic Writing Office. Her tasks also include AWUC web site from planning and creating content.


Evgenia Lebedeva                                                                                              Leading  project manager
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Educational background: MA in International Law, Moscow State Linguistic University, Moscow, Russia (2008). IT expert in Clarivate Analytics resources: Web of Science, Journal Citation Reports, ResearcherID, EndNote (2019).

Prior to joining NUST MISIS, Evgenia worked as leading specialist of the International Education Center at MIPT (Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology) and as counselor of the International Relations Department at the Department for Physical Education and Sports of Moscow. Working at MIPT, Evgenia was in charge of the full-fledged administrative, legal, and day-to-day support of MIPT international students, including the development and implementation of sociocultural adaptation programs, and the establishment of the International Students Club (InterClub).

Evgenia has extensive experience in organizing and conducting major international and regional educational events up to 800 participants.

Evgenia is the co-founder and development manager of the Association of Academic Writing Experts “National Writing Centers Consortium” est.2018 (NWCC). She provides full-scale legal support for the association, as well as advising the NWCC President on legal and corporate issues.

Evgenia also works at the MIPT Language Training and Testing Center as an education programs manager and as a certified proctor of the MIPT Educational Testing Center providing TOEFL® iBT (Internet-based Test).

Marina Fomina
Marketing Project Manager

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Background: МА in Sociology (Moscow State University), Expert in Clarivate Analytics: Web of Science, Journal Citation Reports, ResearcherID, EndNote (2019).

Marina joined NUST MISIS in 2019 with several years of experience working in marketing and education.

Marina has a concurrent position at MIPT Language Training and Testing Center, prior to which she also had spent five years in the International Department. Her job included working with international students, partner universities and stakeholders. She was also responsible for international mobility, students recruitment, and the development of international educational program.

Her wide experience in organizing various educational activities helps her in her work in AWUC, where conferences, seminars, workshops, forums, and other thematic events are regularly organized.

In her current position, Marina develops the marketing assets of AWUC in Russia and abroad. Marina is committed to expanding the audience of Academic Writing Office. Her tasks also include AWUC web site from planning and creating unique content.

In Addition, she is a certified proctor of the MIPT Educational Testing Center providing TOEFL® iBT (Internet-based Test).