Staff Spotlight: Olga Uzun

Olga Uzun is a passionate educator with more than 18 years of experience teaching international students. As a lead listening and note-taking instructor in the Intensive English Program (IEP), a unit of the Office of Global Engagement, Uzun regularly presents at professional conferences and teaches all courses across the curriculum. Recently, she presented two academic sessions to packed conference rooms with NC State IEP instructor Nan Clarke at the 2018 International TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) Conference in Chicago.

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I am from Russia, studied in Ukraine, and teach English in the US. I lived in Mongolia as a child and spent a summer before college graduation in Scotland.

How long have you been with NC State and the Office of Global Engagement?

Six years.

Tell us what you do in a few sentences.

I am a Lead Instructor for Listening and Note-Taking for Academic Lectures. With my wonderful colleagues, I design (and redesign!) listening curricula for all levels, create assessments, and teach.

What’s your favorite thing about your work?

The IEP environment.

Tell us one thing we might be surprised to learn about you.

I am very crafty. I even designed and made my sister’s wedding dress.

What do you like to do outside of work?

I love reading, traveling, and cross-stitching.

What’s one thing on your desk you brought from home?

An easy button all my students love. It was a gift from a former student who said that I say “That is/was easy” a lot and now I can just press the button. And I do. 🙂

What’s your favorite travel destination?

I just came back from Iceland and it was fantastic.