UGA Faculty receive Core Fulbright Scholar Award

Athens, Ga. – Five UGA Faculty have received the prestigious Core Fulbright Scholar Award for academic year 2013-2014. Dr. Corrie Brown, a professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine, is currently a senior scholar working in Jordan while Melisa Cahnmann, a professor in the College of Education, is currently in Mexico. Dr. Lawrence Morris, a professor in the School of Forestry and Natural Resources, will work in Brazil, and Dr. Paul Quick, TA Program Co-Director in the Center for Teaching and Learning, is already working in Chile. Dr. Montgomery Wolf, a lecturer at the Department of History, is now in Benin.

“The Core Fulbright program is not only a significant recognition of an individual teacher, scholar, or practitioner’s work, but is also the premiere way in which the United States reaches out internationally through education and the professions,” said Dr. Kasee Laster, Director of Education Abroad and UGA’s representative for faculty and staff Fulbright recruitment.  “UGA consistently has three or more outgoing faculty and staff Fulbrighters each year, and this track record testifies to our reputation in teaching and research as well as our strong commitment to international engagement.”

Since September, Dr. Brown has been at the Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST), in Irbid, Jordan, teaching general pathology to second year veterinary medical students and coordinating a seminar series for graduate students on global issues in animal health.  She is also working with the Head of the Pathology Department and the founding dean of the JUST College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Nabil Hailat, on the development of pathology-based diagnostic tests for transboundary animal diseases. “I am so fortunate to have been able to work with veterinarians around the world,” said Dr. Brown. “Although people generally think I do development work strictly to teach others better methods, the truth is that I learn much more than I teach.  And my colleagues around the world have taught me a great deal about this big world we all live in. It has been a marvelous gift and I am very grateful.” Dr. Brown stays in Jordan until January, 2014.

Dr. Quick, in Santiago, Chile, since August, is working at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso (PUCV).  He is developing different activities as consultant, part faculty development "visiting professor" and part teacher. These activities include redesigning 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 United States. “I´m delighted to share my excitement in getting to work down here in such a nice place with such nice people,” said Dr. Quick. He will remain in Chile until late December.

Dr. Montgomery Wolf is teaching at the l'Université d'Abomey-Calavi, Benin, in the Department of English and American Studies. In addition, Dr. 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. “The first time I met with the students in the English Department, I was charmed by their youth and eagerness," said Dr. Wolf. She will be in Benin until June 2014. 

Dr. Cahnmann is in Oaxaca, Mexico, working on a project that analyses Spanish language learning by American adults.  In this project, Dr. Cahnmann is researching the ways through which the learners articulate their challenges and successes, as well as the kinds of second language learning opportunities available and how they compare those in the United States. “I am very interested in U.S.-born Americans’ potential to identify with much of the world as "emergent bilinguals"--what are our affordances? What holds us back?” said Dr. Cahnmann. She will be in Mexico until May 2014.

About Fulbright
The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to “increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.” With this goal as a starting point, the Fulbright Program has provided almost 310,000 participants—chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential — with the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas, and contribute to solutions to shared international concerns.
The Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program provides approximately 800 teaching and/or research grants to U.S. faculty and experienced professionals in a wide variety of academic and professional fields.  Grants are available in over 125 countries worldwide.