Dovbnya, Tanya

Phone: 740-593-4586 (Gordy, AM)
740-597-1543 (Wilson, PM)
Department: 740-593-4575
Fax: 740-593-4577
Gordy Hall 162 (AM)
Wilson Hall Administrative, 104 A (PM)
Mailing Address:
155 Gordy Hall
Ohio University
Athens, OH 45701 USA


I serve as a primary contact for Ohio Program for Intensive English (OPIE) students enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences. I advise the students about the OPIE and university academic policies and procedures making the students’ transition from the language into full-time academic courses smooth and successful. I also serve as the primary OPIE contact, organizer, and presenter for the mid-semester academic success workshop series and academic orientation. In addition, I assist with faculty training to enhance the understanding of the needs of international students, testing responsibilities (such as TOEFL), record keeping, student placement, and logistical support for OPIE events and special programs.

My goal is to facilitate the international students’ academic success through closer collaboration with the College of Arts and Sciences faculty and departmental advising coordinators, and enhance the intercultural experiences on campus.


I have a background in Applied Linguistics, Teaching English and German Languages as Foreign languages, and World Literature:

  • MA in Applied Linguistics, Ohio University, 2013
  • MEd in TEFL and World Literature, Zhytomyr State University, Ukraine, 2007
  • Non-degree, academic exchange, Journalism, Ithaca College, NY, 2003-2004

Areas of Professional Interest

Cross-cultural communication and advising, intercultural competence

The use of poetry, literature, and music in ESL/EFL classroom

Cognitive mechanisms of second language processing and acquisition

Et Cetera

Prior to coming to Ohio University I worked as a language cross-cultural facilitator at the US Peace Corps, in Kyiv headquarters in Ukraine, and at American Councils for International Education in the role of the FLEX Program Coordinator. I also taught English as a foreign language in the Green Forest language school and for the Info Pulse, IT company in Kyiv.

Outside of work, I love reading, especially the Russian Silver Age poetry and philosophy, listen to live music, attend film festivals and art exhibitions, ride my bike, hike, and travel.


Dovbnya, T. (2016, January). Navigating the University Landscape: OHIO Roadmap. Workshop presented at the 2016 English USA Professional Development Conference, Monterey, CA.

Amira, M., Casal, E.J., Dovbnya, T., Maloney, J., & Taylor, J. (2013, March). The effects of crosslinguistic similarity and working memory capacity on Chinese- and Arabic-speaking learners’ L2 intake. Paper presented at the 2013 Purdue University Graduate Student Symposium on Second Language Studies and English as a Second Language, West Lafayette, IN.

Cao, L., Dovbnya, T., Jarvis, S., Hill, J., & Vithanage, R. (2012, October). On the complementary effects of crosslinguistic similarity and cognitive processing capacity on L2 intake. Paper presented at the 2012 Second Language Research Forum (SLRF), Pittsburgh, PA.

Professional Memberships

Global Strategy Advisors, Ohio University
University Academic Advising Councils (UAAC), Ohio University

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