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PSU’s Sildus wins Fulbright Specialists Award

December 07, 2011 12:00AM

When Dr. Tatiana Sildus learned she had been selected for the Fulbright Specialists Program, her response was simple.

“This is a really exciting opportunity! I am very honored and looking forward to working with students and faculty at my host institution.”

Sildus, an associate professor in Pittsburg State University’s College of Education, will lecture on applied linguistics and conduct teacher-training seminars at the University of Kragujevac in Serbia in December and again in May 2012. She is one of about 400 U.S. faculty who will travel abroad this year as part of the Fulbright Specialists Program.

Sildus said the Fulbright selection committee matched her with a university that was looking for her special area of expertise, which is second language acquisition and English language teaching methodology.

“I will present lectures and seminars for undergraduate and master’s degree level students,” Sildus said, “and I will also work with their doctoral students on the topics of language and cognition and communicative language teaching approaches.” 

In addition to interactive lectures, Sildus will conduct master classes in which she will model the teaching methods she talks about. “I think it is beneficial for university students to experience the strategies first-hand, the way I teach my classes here,” Sildus said.

Sildus, who is one of the authors of the textbook “Spotlight on English, Grade 2,” with Santillana USA, teaches a wide range of courses in PSU’s English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Endorsement program. A native of Russia, she received a BSEd and a master’s degree in English and German from Vladimir State Pedagogical University. She earned a Ph.D. from Kansas State University.

The Fulbright Program, America’s flagship international educational exchange activity, is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The Fulbright Specialists Program was created in 2000 to complement the traditional Fulbright Scholar Program by providing short-term academic opportunities to prominent U.S. faculty and professionals. Recipients of Fulbright Scholar awards are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement.

For more information:

Dr. Tatiana Sildus, 620-235-4505,

Fulbright Specialists Program: or

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