UGA is listed among the top producers of Fulbright scholars under the Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program in 2013, according to the latest ranking from the government’s flagship international exchange program.
Of research institutions, UGA had the sixth most U.S. Fulbright Scholar Awards for the 2013-2014 academic year with five UGA faculty members receiving the Core Fulbright Scholar Award to work abroad. Faculty members and the countries they are visiting are Corrie Brown, a professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine (Jordan), Melisa Cahnmann-Taylor, a professor in the College of Education (Mexico), Lawrence Morris, a professor in the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources (Brazil), Paul Quick, coordinator of teaching assistant development in the Center for Teaching and Learning (Chile), and Montgomery Wolf, a lecturer in the history department (Benin).
“I extend my congratulations to the UGA faculty who were selected as Core Fulbright Fellows this year,” said Kavita Pandit, associate provost for international education. “The fact that UGA has been regularly appearing on the list of top producers of Fulbright scholars in recent years reflects the growing international engagement of our faculty and the high reputation they enjoy abroad.”
Brown is currently a senior scholar who has been working at the Jordan University of Science and Technology since September. She is teaching general pathology to second-year veterinary medicine students. She is coordinating a seminar series for graduate students on global issues in animal health. She also is working with the head of the pathology department and Nabil Hailat, the founding dean of the JUST College of Veterinary Medicine, on the development of pathology-based diagnostic tests for transboundary animal diseases. Brown will be in Jordan until January.
Cahnmann-Taylor is currently in Oaxaca, Mexico, working on a project that analyzes Spanish language learning by American adults. Cahnmann-Taylor is researching the ways through which the learners articulate their challenges and successes. She also is looking at second language learning opportunities available and how those opportunities compare to those in the U.S. She will be in Mexico until May.
Morris will work in Brazil from March to June on a project titled “Waste Treatment and Site Remediation Using Forest Alternatives.” He will teach the course “Recycling and Treatment of Waste and Wastewater in Forests” at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul. He also will help with an assessment of the use of forestland and treatment of wastewater, and he will initiate a research project on phytoremediation approaches on contaminated sites in Brazil.
Quick is working at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso in Santiago, Chile. He is working as a consultant, faculty development visiting professor and teacher. He is helping to redesign the university’s professor teaching certificate, “el Diplomado,” giving workshops on topics including active learning and authentic assessment and teaching a class on the literature of the Southern U.S. He will remain in Chile until later this month.
Wolf is teaching in the English and American studies department at the l’Université d’Abomey-Calavi in Benin. Wolf is researching Beninois popular music of the 1960s to 1980s, during the country’s early postcolonial and socialist periods. She is also gathering oral histories. She will be in Benin until June.
“The Core Fulbright program is not only a significant recognition of an individual teacher, scholar or practitioner’s work, but also is the premier way in which the U.S. reaches out internationally through education and the professions,” said Kasee Laster, director of Education Abroad and UGA’s representative for faculty and staff Fulbright recruitment.
The Fulbright Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The program provides the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to solutions to shared international concerns in more than 155 countries.