Katya Fairbanks began as full-time Director of the Writing Center and Global Communications in January 2006. She has two M.A. degrees, in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) and in Hindi Language and Literature, from the University of Minnesota. After studying at the University of Hawaii and Banaras Hindu University in India, she completed her B.A. at Cornell University in Asian Studies. She comes to CGU after teaching at Pitzer College and CGU for over twenty years.
Katya was Acting Director of the English for Graduate Studies Program (now Global Communications) at CGU from 1996-97 and has had wide experience working with and teaching graduate students. After finishing her M.A. in TESL at the University of Minnesota, she mentored Masters’ students in the department and trained international graduate assistants in math, physics, and chemistry to teach undergraduates. In Claremont, Katya taught the Global Communications course (then English for Graduate Studies) from 1993-97, returned to teach it again in spring 2005, and continues to teach it currently. She has frequently taught Academic Writing in the summer International Fellows Program for international students entering the CGU MBA program.
Katya has had extensive experience abroad. She taught English as a Foreign Language in Japan for two and a half years, conducted teacher training for the teaching of English at a UN refugee camp in Indonesia for a year, taught EFL at a language institute in Calcutta for two years, and also taught graduate students and faculty at Xian University in China.
More recently at the Claremont Colleges, Katya developed a seminar on Foreign Language Pedagogy for the Language Assistants at Pomona, Scripps, and CMC and taught it for four years.
As the new director, Katya enjoys working with the CGU student consultants in the Writing Center. She values their expertise and their contributions to making the Writing Center what it is.