AUBG's Annual TEFL Conference
For fourth consecutive year AUBG is organizing the Annual TEFL Conference. We are inviting high school teachers from Bulgaria and abroad to this annual networking and learning event which gives the opportunities to exchange ideas, gain new knowledge and contribute to the success of their high school students.
AUBG's Annual TEFL Conference 2017: Creativity - Teaching outside the Box
This year's conference will take place on March 23-24.
For travel and other contact information, check the contact-us page.
Prof. Molly Burke
Prof. Molly Burke is a writer and a Writing instructor at AUBG. In 2007 she joined the American University in Bulgaria’s undergraduate writing program, and from 2013-2015 worked for Azerbaijan Diplomatic University, Baku teaching Academic Writing for MA students in Diplomatic Affairs and Public Policy as well as Undergraduate Researched Writing and Problem Solving. She is noted for her careful research and editing skills, especially for documents written by non-native speakers for a native speaking audience and encouraging the use of concrete examples and lively, specific reasoning tailored to the task. Having worked both as an editor and a writing instructor, she also works well training individuals and teams and has been frequently sought to assist academics in polishing their prose for publication.
Prof. Dannie Chalk (ALL Department at AUBG)
Prof. Dannie Chalk holds a PH.D in English from Pennsylvania State University. She is an Assistant Professor in English at AUBG teaching Composition, and British Literature. She dedicates her research to British literature of 17th and 18th centuries, Early modern literature and medicine (1500-1800), Early modern women’s literary history (1500-1800), Midwives in early modern English texts, and Composition Program Administration. Her latest publications are “Savior Witness, and comic Relief: The Midwife in English Texts of the 15th and 16th Centuries.” in Studies in Philology 112.1 (2014) and “Establishing Comparative Gender Identity in Maria Edgeworth’s Belinda (1801).” in Studies in Literary Imagination 47.2 (2014).
Prof. Michael Cohen (ALL Department at AUBG)
Prof. Michael Cohen holds a master’s degree in Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Brown University in Rhode Island. At AUBG, he is an Associate Professor teaching a wide spectrum of Literature courses: Composition, Introduction to Literature, Introduction to Creative Writing, American Literature from 1865 to Present, Public Speaking, Hypertext and Electronic Literature, and Counterculture Literature. His research interests are in the fields of Fiction and Creative non-Fiction writing, Screenwriting, Modernist and Postmodernist Literature, Hypertext and Hypermedia, Counterculture Literature, Children’s Literature, Film Studies and Production. His latest publications are “The Eyes” in A Novella and Stories. South Bend: Mixer, 2013 and "The Ex-Court Painter, Goya, and The Princess." in Modern Grimmoire: A Contemporary Anthology of Fairy Tales, Fables & Folklore. Canton: Indigo Ink, 2013.
Prof. Laura Kelly (JMC Department at AUBG)
Prof. Laura Kelly holds a master’s degree in Journalism and Public Affairs from American University in Washington, D.C. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor at AUBG. Her teaching interest encompasses mainly of Writing for Media, Storytelling, Non-Fiction Writing, Radio Storytelling, Magazine and Longform Writing, Podcasting, Cross-Content Writing and Editing, Macro and Micro Editing, Story Coaching. Her recent research is devoted to Journalism Curriculum in Post-Communist Countries, Writing Across the Curriculum, Media Ethics, Journalism and the Development of Civil Society, Writing Processes.
Prof. John Mullen
Prof. John Mullen holds a Ph.D. in English from Kent State University in Ohio. He is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in English at AUBG teaching Composition, Landmark Texts, Literature in the Age of Revolution, and Satire. His latest research is related to Satire, practice and theory, ancient to modern, Politics and literature in the “long eighteenth century” (1680-1815), and Scriblerians and Kit-Cats.
Prof. Lyubomir Terziev (ALL Department at AUBG)
Prof. Lyubomir Terziev is a graduate in English philology from Veliko Tarnovo Universty in Bulgaria. He is a poet, a writer, and a literary translator. Currently, he is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in English at AUBG and an Assistant Professor at the English and American Studies Department at Sofia University. His teaching interests consist of 18th century English literature, English Romanticism, Methodological approaches to literary texts, and creative writing. His latest research is dedicated to Correlation between politics and aesthetics in Romantic literature and issues concerning creativity and literary education.
Anna Joukivskaia is a professional who has been working with adolescents and their families for 12 years now on various topics and in different contexts. After graduating from Richmond University in London, she has been a psychologist in an NGO, working with women and children, victims of violence. She has been a School Psychologist for 7 years and has been directly involved in all areas related to the adolescent development - psychological evaluation, psychological counseling, career guidance, psychological profiling, crisis intervention in cases of bullying, online violence, family issues, death in the family. As a teacher of Psychology and Ethics, she educated students on topics such as personal development, ethical and moral development, psychological disorders in youth, consequences of bullying and stereotypes, prejudice. As a psychologist who is trained in the family therapy paradigm, she has her private practice where she meets with young people and adults and supports them through various emotional and behavioral issues, crisis in their personal development and relationships. Currently, Anna is enjoying her position as an Admissions Counselor and Recruitment Coordinator in AUBG. Guiding young people through the process of decision making is definitely one of the most valuable aspects of her job at the moment.
Pavel Topalov graduated with distinction as a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from South West University “Neofit Rilski” – Blagoevgrad. He is a coordinator for South West University in organizing AUBG Earth Week Event as well as a former President of Student Government of Law and Histiry Faculty in SWU. Pavel is also founder of the StartUP@Blagoevgrad club as well as an Associate participant in AUBG Club Youth Empowerment Initiatives. He has participated in various local and international conferences and seminars such as: Balkan Dilogue: Round Table for Young Experts (2013); Blagoevgrad International Model of United Nations (2012, 2013); Business and Society - Hand in Hand – Practices for Corporative Social Responsibility (2011); Education Without Boundaries (2010); Empowering Tolerance Seminar (2009). Currently, Pavel Topalov is a Senior Admission Counselor and Recruitment coordinator at the Admission office in AUBG.
Prof. Sabina A. Wien
Prof. Sabina A. Wien holds a master’s degree in German Studies\ Slavic
Studies\ Intercultural Communications from Ludwig-Maximillians-Universitaet Munich in Germany and a master’s degree in English and American Studies from Sofia University. She is passionate about teaching English, German, and Bulgarian languages. Although, she is an Adjunct Instructor in the Arts, Languages, and Literature Department at AUBG, she is known as the “Extra-curriculum activities professor” at the university. Prof. Wien is faculty advisor of the Bulgarian Folk Dance Club “Samodiva” and PTPI Better Community Club. She is also one of the main initiators and organizers of the AUBG MultiTalent Quest – a unique multi-disciplinary competition for Bulgarian high-school students.