Elena Kallestinova joined Yale University in 2008 to design and implement graduate writing programs and create the Graduate Writing Center. Elena serves as Assistant Dean for Writing in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and as the Director of Graduate and Postdoctoral Writing for the Poorvu Center for Teaching and Learning. In addition to teaching classes and workshops on dissertation writing, research paper crafting, publishing, and grant writing, she mentors doctoral and professional school students, trains writing consultants and fellows, and works with departments and faculty members to design programming and address discipline-specific needs of graduate and postdoctoral writers. With a Ph.D. in Linguistics and an M.A. in TESOL from the University of Iowa and an M.A./B.A. in Computational Linguistics from Moscow State Linguistic University, Dr. Kallestinova has more than twenty years of experience teaching, training, and mentoring diverse student populations.
Dr. Kallestinova believes that written, oral, and visual communication are fundamental for conducting research and growing as academic scholars. Through collaboration with Yale departments and other universities, she is dedicated to building up and promoting written and oral communication programs to the academic community, a goal that aligns with the mission of the Poorvu Center for Teaching and Learning.