sergey kremen, PhD
Department of Pedagogy
Smolensk State Teacher-training University
4, Przhevalskogo St., suite 13,
Russia, Smolensk, 214000
Home phone: (+7) 0812-38-3684
Sergey Kremen was a visiting scholar at The George Washington University during the 2003-2004 academic year. His visit to the U.S.A was supported by the Junior Faculty Development Program, which is funded by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Mr. Kremen was affiliated with the Research Program in Psychology and Counseling Learning. His mentor at The George Washington University was Dr. Pat Schwallie-Giddis, PhD.
Mr. Kremen lives in the city of Smolensk in Russia. This is one of the many cities that was totally destroyed during World War II by German aggression against the USSR. In 1941 the battle of Smolensk delayed the attack of German forces for more than three months. More than ninety-three percent of the city was left in ruins. It was completely rebuilt in the after-war period.
Mr. Kremen is a professor of Pedagogy Department at the Smolensk State Teacher-training University. He teaches courses in the Philosophy and History of Education, Pedagogy (a general course), Comparative Pedagogy, The Individual as a Teacher: Theory and Practice and Methods of Educational Work in School, Professional Consultation: Theory and Practice, and Psychology of Labor at Smolensk State Teacher-training University, Russia.
In 2000 Mr. Kremen received his PhD from the Moscow Teacher-training State University. His thesis was "A Diagnostic Study of the Individual Special Features, Which Ensure Effective Professional Self-Determination of Future Teachers."
His research interests include the system of professional self-determination in conditions of economic reforms and the career counseling system. The latter includes training of school and out-of-school consultants; principles, forms and methods of consultation in career-guidance; theoretical and practical components of post-graduate education; improvement of teachers’ qualifications; and professional adaptation of social workers.
One of the goals Mr. Kremen pursues is injection of "a career-counseling component into the [Smolensk State Teacher-training University] program of teacher education." When choosing to participate in the JFDP he knew that it would enable him to expand the theoretical framework as well as to develop its practical application. Mr. Kremen strongly believes that his experiences in the US will be applicable back home in the Smolensk State Teacher-training University.
Mr. Kremen visited the United States in the past, however for only a very short period. In 1999 he took part in the Russian Leadership Program "Open World." This program was supported by the Library of Congress and the American Councils for International Education. His visit lasted only ten days, but he managed to meet a lot of people and maintain contact with them until now.
Although he did not have so-called "cultural shock", two things were particularly hard to get used to in the US: food and weather. The food was very different and the Washington, D.C., weather is extremely unpredictable--hot and humid. Perhaps the most fascinating thing for Mr. Kremen was traveling around the country, which he did a lot. He has been everywhere from Boston to Florida, from Washington to California.
He is happily married for six years to Faina Kremen, PhD, an associate professor at the Smolensk State Pedagogical University, Department of Psychology. Mr. Kremen is an athlete who enjoys running. He has participated in five Moscow marathons and one in Smolensk Oblast. His best time is 2 hours 50 minutes in the 1998 Moscow Marathon. Occasionally he enjoys a soccer game with friends.
read Mr. Kremen's Resume.
read article with Mr. Kremen. (*.pdf)