Marianne Woods

As a child of the fifties/sixties, my professional aspirations were limited to the world I knew. That was, for a college educated woman, teaching or nursing. I chose elementary teaching, but didn’t teach long as I soon found myself in the midst of rearing three children. I also took an active role in furthering my now ex-husband’s career and put my professional aspirations on the back burner. During an eight month residency in London (husband's sabbatical), I discovered my intense love of visual images, and upon our return to the U.S., I enrolled in a graduate program at Case Western Reserve University. Subsequently I worked off and on both at teaching and completing my PhD which I did in 2000. Because I was older when I earned the terminal degree and "landed" my first tenure-track position at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin (in Odessa, TX), I believe I am an inspiration to many of our "returning" students, especially women, who have waited to follow their dreams until the children are in school or grown.

I love to travel! I also love the out of doors and non-competitive sports (I am a poor loser). I have combined these loves on several occasions in Britain/Ireland where I have gone on bicycling and hiking treks. I would like also to do this in Russia or one or more of the Western European countries. My fantastic Fulbright fellowship has brought me to Moscow where I am lecturing at the Moscow State Pedagogical University. Thus far I have enjoyed my experience! I am always taken aback when I dole out thousands of Rubles for goods I purchase. My young and very capable host, Roman Dubovitsky, just about had to pick me off the floor when I checked out at Ikea and handed over more than $10,000 Rubles. He assured me it was under $300. but it made me nervous anyway. My specialty is American Art and I would be happy for any Fulbrighters or Fulbright Alumni to come to my lectures at the university.

I will be here until the end of June and look forward to meeting many people.

The Fulbright Program in Russia. Institute of International Education.
Strastnoy Bulvar 8A, 4th floor, Moscow, Russia 107031
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