Your Colleague on Sabbatical – Steve Cunningham

Steve Cunningham, an English Professor who was recently awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to teach in Russia this year, has arrived safely in Orsk and is gradually settling in to his year of teaching English at the Humanities and Technology Institute – a branch of Orenburg State University.

In his blog, Steve writes:

“After almost two days of travel with a nine hour layover in the Moscow airport, I arrived in Orsk, Russia, at 2:00 in the morning on Friday, September 30th. The head of the Institute’s English department, Marina, and her husband were there to welcome me, and move me into my room at the student dispensary.  What is a student dispensary, you wonder? I thought it was going to be a student dormitory. It is far from it…”

To continue reading about his first week in Orsk, Steve invites you to follow his Fulbright adventures through his blog, and to stay in touch with him during the year. Steve will also be checking his Outlook e-mail daily, so feel free to contact him at

During his first week, Steve was featured in one of Orsk’s online news agencies. You can check it out here: please note – it is written in Russian.

For more information about how you can take sabbatical leave, check out: Take Sabbatical Leave and Renew Your Professional Skills.

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