April 13-20 



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CHAIRS, Invited Speakers, and Workshops


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Ekaterina Gradaleva, Chair

Samara State Technical University

Ekaterina Gradaleva is an Associate Professor at Samara State Technical University. She is a graduate of Samara State University with a Doctorate in Germanic Languages. At present, she lectures EFL and Business English at the Department of Linguistics, Cross-Cultural Communication and Russian as a Foreign Language, and serves as a scientific mentor supervising student research in Linguistics and Business Studies. Sinсe 2012, Ekaterina has chaired a number of scientific student conferences and English language contests. With research interests in Cultural Studies, Professional Communication, and Project-Based Learning, Ekaterina co-chairs the International Conference Project, a Global Tele-Collaborative Initiative launched initially in 2017 in collaboration with Notre Dame College, Ohio, USA. Ekaterina is an author of about 50 scientific articles and 9 textbooks.

Maria Houston, Invited Chair, Workshop Facilitator

Texas A&M Texarkana, USA

Maria Houston has a number of academic degrees, among which are a Doctorate in Rhetoric and TESOL (IUP, USA) and a Master’s in Adult Education and Instructional Design (IUP, USA). A graduate of Samara State University, Department of Philology, Maria started as a Technical Interpreter (cardiology and metallurgy). She’s worked across cultures and languages for her entire professional career: as an Interpreter, Training Specialist with Alcoa Inc., Director of Berlitz in Cleveland, OH, and a Professor in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Texas. Maria currently teaches courses in Digital Writing and is in progress of designing a Business Course with a focus on professional communication and cultural intelligence. She has an extensive record of publications in Second Language Literacy, Transnational Pedagogy, Collaborative Programming and Transnational Digital Rhetoric and Communications.

Webinar for Faculty: "Leading the Leaders in a Globally-minded Classroom: Solutions for Blended Instruction"

Paul Chownyk, Workshop Facilitator

"Ya Polyglot", A Language School

With a diverse career in ELT spanning almost 13 years, Paul Chownyk, a native of Canada, has had the pleasure of educating hundreds of Samara's students, young and old, in private and public schools, as well as a brief gig at Samara State University. He is currently in charge of the International Exam project for the private language school, Ya Polyglot. Currently, he is examining new and forgotten modalities in language teaching methodology, towards an hypothesis of analyzing common factors and discovering a way to integrate them.  His eagerness to continually improve and educate himself is one aspect he strives to pass on to his learners - one should never think you've already learned all you need to know.

Webinar for Students: "Essential Soft Skills, and How to Choose Your Strengths"

John Gordon, Invited Speaker

"Oxford English Centre", A Language School

He is a British scientist and, following a successful corporate career as a Technical Director with Express Dairies, he acted as an adviser on dairy products for governments in several countries. He also worked as a consultant on several EU-funded agricultural and food projects in Russia. In 2001, having retired from his scientific work, he commenced work with the British Council as a teacher of English to Russian students. Since 2006 he has directed a language school in Samara – The Oxford English Centre. 

Daniil Shcherbakov, Invited Speaker

B2B Department Head, Vkontakte


Daniil Shcherbakov is a graduate of Samara State University of Architecture and Civil Engineering, Department of Information Systems and Technologies. Also, he has got a Master’s in eBusiness (HSE University, Russia) and a Master’s in Information Systems Management (FH Technikum Wien, Austria). His career has always been connected with commercializing IT-products on the worldwide market. He is a former Business Development Director at SimpleTips, Radario, Fibrum. Working at Fibrum (fibrum.com), he managed to increase the production of Fibrum PRO mobile VR headsets to 50,000, and sales went up all over the world, including Best Buy, Amazon, Media-Markt, AliExpress. Managing the development of the marketing platform Radario (radario.cc) on the US and UK Market, he could integrate it in Eventbrite (the world biggest event management and ticketing website) and started cooperation with DePaul University, Leicester Riders, etc. At present he is a B2B Department Head of the most popular social networking platform in Russia - Vkontakte (VK). He is also a Lecturer & Mentor at Skolkovo Innovation Center, ITMO University, International Management Institute (St. Petersburg), The Internet Initiatives Development Fund, TechStars.

Alsu Gilmetdinova, Workshop facilitator

Alsu Gilmetdinova is the Russian co-director of the German-Russian Institute of Advanced Technologies (GRIAT) at Kazan National Research Technical University named after A.N.Tupolev-KAI (Kazan, Russia). Before returning to Kazan in 2015 Alsu completed her PhD in Literacy and Language Education at Purdue University (West Lafayette, USA) and MSc degree in English Education at Montana State University (Bozeman, USA). Her interests are threefold: leadership, teaching English and research on multilingual education. Prior to her current administrative position, Alsu was the Head of International Affairs Office (KNRTU-KAI, Kazan), EF Online teacher (Education First), Graduate teaching assistant (Bozeman, West Lafayette), College writing tutor (Bozeman), English and Spanish language Interpreter (Kazan). She has 12 years of experience teaching English as a first, second and foreign language in Russia, USA and globally (online). As a scholar, Alsu Gilmetdinova has published in Q1 Scopus journals (5 peer-reviewed articles and 10 book chapters), made over 70 international presentations in the USA, Canada, UAE, Germany, China, Italy, France, Russia. The 2019 winner of the Potanin Foundation Grant for a new Master course in “Developing Leadership Potential of Engineers: self-growth, career opportunities and mentoring”, she is currently interested in supporting young generations of Russian and international students to grow their professional and soft skills which, besides their hard skills, are paramount for their success in the future.

Webinar for Students: "It is hard, but interesting: Road to Happy Life and Successful Career".



Leonora Anyango, Workshop facilitator

Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)

Dr. Leonora Anyango is a Professor of English at the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC), in Pittsburgh, PA. She is a language, culture, and education expert of international repute.  She is an applied linguist, specializing in language teaching and learning, multilingual writing, and translation. She invests in working with diverse groups of students to use language as a tool to advance their scholarship. She invests in mentoring students and prides in their success. Recently, her research has concentrated on non-Western Rhetoric, especially African Rhetoric. She also writes on the benefit of using narrative pedagogy in the multilingual writing classroom and draws on her own knowledge of story-telling and writing to instruct students on writing their own stories. Dr. Anyango is also an avid writer of creative nonfiction and her work has appeared in Assay: Journal of Non-Fiction Studies, among others. She is currently working on completing her memoir, Mama’s Two Wisdoms.

Webinar for Faculty: "Leveraging the Power of Leadership through Mentoring College Students".

Maha Alawdat, Workshop facilitator

Kaye College of Education, Kseifa Abu Rabe’a Multidisciplinary School

Dr. Maha Alawdat holds Ph.D. in Composition and TESOL from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Master degree in foreign English Literature from Ben Gurion University in Israel. Currently, she teaches at Kaye College of Education and Kseifa Abu Rabe’a Multidisciplinary school. Previously, she taught at Indiana University of PA and the Language Center in the United States. During her career, she got a number of awards like the Teaching Excellence Award from IUP, Graduate Women’s Leadership, Fulbright Scholarship from the American Embassy, and Award for Dissertation Completion, and Exceptional English Teacher Award from the Israeli Ministry of Education. She has also a number of publications including articles, poems, and a book. She presented in conferences in the United States, Israel, Jordan, and Morocco and is involved in different projects. Her career and research interests include distance learning, online education, English as a foreign language, multiculturalism, digital writing, ePortfolios, curriculum development, and assessment.

Webinar for Faculty: “Gamification of Digital Storytelling: The lead for Educational Innovation and Sustainability during COVID-19 Pandemic”.



APRIL 13-20 2021


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April 13-15                 

April 13

17.00 MSK 


April 14

16.00 MSK 




April 15 

10.00-12.00 MSK

12.00-13.00 MSK

14.00 MSK


April 20

9.00 MSK

11.00 MSK

Pre-recorded Video Presentation Contest in YouTube           


Webinar for Faculty: "Leveraging the Power of Leadership through Mentoring College Students". Leonora Anyango, USA



Webinar for Faculty: "Leading the Leaders in a Globally-minded Classroom: Solutions for Blended Instruction". Maria Houston, USA.




Oral Presentation via Zoom  

Videoconferencing of the Faculty Board

Webinar for Faculty: "Gamification of Digital Storytelling: The lead for Educational Innovation and Sustainability during COVID-19 Pandemic”. Maha Alawdat, Israel



Webinar for Students: "It is hard, but interesting: Road to Happy Life and Successful Career". Alsu Gilmetdinova, Russia



Webinar for Students: "Essential Soft Skills, and How to Choose Your Strengths". Paul Chownyk, Canada.



Samara State Technical University 

Molodogvardeyskaya Ulitsa, 244, Samara, Samara Oblast, Russia, 443001

Samara State Technical University (Samara Polytech) is a landmark university for the Samara region. The main feature of Samara Polytech has always been the polytechnic formation of skills in various areas of design, management, engineering and research activities.The labor market requires experienced workers and engineers who graduate from Samara Polytech. Science is developing, enrollment of applicants is increasing. Under current conditions, interest to Samara Polytech university is growing every day, since the ideas that emerged at Samara State Technical University are developing into technologies for the production of import substitution products, for alternative energy, for solving environmental problems.

 Responding to the main challenges of our time, the Flagship University strives to act as the main platform for the modernization of the Samara region, to become a testing ground for the best Russian industrial and economic practices and initiatives.





April 13-20th, 2021


Samara State Technical University

Contact Us

Ekaterina Gradaleva

Conference Chair
PhD, Associate Professor
Samara State Technical University

conf-samgtu@bk.ru                                               mhouston@tamut.edu

 +7(846) 242-14-98                                                 +14129790806

Maria Houston

Conference Co-Chair
PhD, English Faculty
Texas A&M Texarkana

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