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Workshop Promotes Fulbright Opportunities Among Faculty

| May 18, 2012

L-R: Dr. Bill Brown, Scott Pryor, Dr. Gail Derrick, Dr, Sergio Matviuk, and Dr. Charles Dunn
Photo courtesy of Office of Global Affairs

The Fulbright Scholar Program is an international educational exchange program designed to increase the mutual understanding between people of the United Sates and people of other countries. Funded by the federal government, it boasts over 310,000 participants who exemplify academic and leadership excellence.

To promote the opportunities that the Fulbright Scholar Program offers, Regent University's Office of Global Affairs (OGA) recently hosted its first Fulbright Workshop for faculty and staff. Twenty-five faculty and staff attended the workshop to hear from several of the university's own Fulbright scholars.

"We organized the event as a way to encourage faculty and staff to achieve global scholarship and experiences, which increase their global competencies," explained Dr. Sergio Matviuk, OGA's executive director. "We want Regent's faculty and staff to know more about this prestigious program and provide them with information on how to apply."

While Fulbright opportunities exist at student and faculty levels, this workshop was geared toward understanding faculty opportunities.

Dr. Almarie Munley, assistant professor in the School of Undergraduate Studies and Regent's Fulbright advisor, directed the workshop. A Fulbright Scholar to Hong Kong in 2010-11, Munley emphasized the importance of a Fulbright in furthering the mission of the university. "Fulbright appointments are highly competitive and globally recognized as one of the highest academic honors," she said. "Our faculty Fulbright scholars are excellent examples of Regent's growing international reputation for academic excellence, scholarship and action."

Dr. Bill Brown, professor and research fellow in the School of Communication & the Arts (Fulbright Specialist to Norway and Netherlands); Scott Pryor, professor in the School of Law (Fulbright Scholar to India); and Dr. Gail Derrick, professor in the School of Education (Fulbright Specialist to Hungary) shared their experiences with various types of Fulbright programs and their experiences of studying, researching and teaching abroad.

There are several other Fulbright scholars among the Regent University faculty, including Dr. Mary Manjikian, assistant professor in the Robertson School of Government (RSG) and Regent's latest Fulbright grantee. During the workshop, Manjikian was honored for her recent Fulbright scholar research award to study at Durham University in the United Kingdom in 2013. While there, Manjikian will pursue her ongoing study of the politics of threat and how states organize against it.

Following Manjikian's recognition, Dr. Charles Dunn, distinguished professor in RSG, offered remarks about the prestige of a Fulbright Award. Dunn was appointed by President Ronald Reagan and reappointed by President George W. Bush to the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. He was elected as chairman of the board four times.

In addition to the faculty who participated in the workshop, Dr. Spencer Meredith, RSG assistant professor, Dr. Caramine White, associate professor in the School of Undergraduate Studies, and Dr. Dail Fields, professor in the School of Global Leadership & Entrepreneurship, have also received Fulbright scholar appointments to Georgia, Slovakia and Lithuania respectively.

The Fulbright Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Recipients of Fulbright Scholar awards are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement.


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