The co-directors of the Center—or as we also like to say, the coordinators—are us, Jean Kollantai and Evgeniya Pyatovskaya. As noted in the Courses section, Jean is from Anchorage, Alaska (US), and has been at TSU for 5 years as a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Social Work but working with the entire university. Evgeniya is currently Deputy Vice-Rector for International Affairs and head of the International Division. We have worked for several years, under the International Office and the Vice-Rector for International Affairs, Artyom Rykun, to develop the Center, as part of TSU's English milieu in the 5–100 Program. It was approved by Rector Eduard Galazhinsky at a presentation to the University in spring, 2017. We’ve been very busy before and since then trying to make everything as effective as possible. There are many amazing people at TSU who are dedicated to their work and their topics and we take pleasure in being able to assist them in getting it all 'out there' in the world!
Please note that the next section, A Path to Publication, is a guide to publishing in English that is based on our experience here over the past 5 years. Click on each section of the path, and also see attachments that relate to academic English for various purposes and for writing and publishing in English. Part of it will become available as a translation to Russian (but not all of it can be, since it’s about English)—we encourage you to read and use it, and give us your feedback on what is useful.
And, please note again that the language of the Center is English. While Evgeniya is a native speaker of Russian and Jean has had many years of studying Russian, the purpose of the Center is people being able to publish in English and present their scholarly work in English, so we keep the focus on English and communicating in English (and we do not prioritize translation). And of course we also work with international staff and postgraduate students who in fact don't speak Russian.
Soon we will be adding a new section to our site—Our stars, featuring the work of some of the people we know who have published successfully in English (without another translator)! It is definitely possible! and definitely possible to do other professional work in English!—people are doing it!
We’ll be adding more comments and information here as time goes along.