BOONE, N.C. — A total of seven Appalachian State University faculty received Fulbright awards for 2019–20 as a result of the 2018 Fulbright competition: six as Fulbright Scholars and one as a Fulbright Administrator. This represents a record number of Fulbrights for Appalachian.
The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to build relations between the people of the United States and the people of other countries — relations that are needed to solve global challenges.
Appalachian’s Office of International Education and Development (OIED) and Office of Research encourage and support faculty applications for Fulbright awards because of the program’s global benefits.
“The Fulbright Scholar program is one of the most prestigious programs funded by the U.S. government that has contributed toward people-to-people diplomacy over the last 60-plus years,” said Dr. Maria Anastasiou, OIED’s executive director.
“Faculty who participate in this program share academic knowledge with colleagues and students in other countries. Inevitably, they bring the knowledge they learned from this exchange back to the Appalachian students, faculty and staff,” Anastasiou said. “They also bring with them stronger intercultural communication skills, a better understanding of others and stronger empathy skills for other cultures. These are all important skills that Sen. Fulbright envisioned as outcomes of this program and ones that can contribute to stronger security and peace around the world.”
Last year, Appalachian and the College of Charleston tied as the top producer of Fulbrights among master’s institutions for 2018–19, with each having four Fulbright Scholars. The 2019 top producers will be announced later this year.
“Increasing international research opportunities is a priority at Appalachian. In the last couple of years, the Office of Research has been working collaboratively with OIED to assist faculty members applying for Fulbright fellowships by organizing workshops, hosting writing circles and helping with proposal development,” said Dr. Ece Karatan, vice provost for research.
“We believe that engaging in the global discourse is essential for the development of our students, faculty and staff in their pursuit of knowledge — wherever in the world it takes them.”
Among Appalachian’s 2019–20 recipients:
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About the Office of International Education and Development
The OIED is responsible for spearheading the internationalization efforts at Appalachian. The internationalization mission of Appalachian is to develop awareness, knowledge, appreciation and respect of cultural differences in both domestic and international contexts in its students, faculty, staff and the surrounding communities. The university is also dedicated to creating a campus environment that builds the theoretical and practical skills needed to interact effectively in a global society. Learn more at https://international.appstate.edu.
About the Office of Research
Appalachian State University’s Office of Research provides support for the research, creative, and scholarly endeavors of Appalachian faculty, staff and students. The office consists of five units: Grants Resources and Services, Sponsored Programs, Research Data Analysis, Research Protections and the Research Institute for Environment, Energy, and Economics. The Office of Research also collaborates with the university’s Special Funds Accounting on the fiscal management of awarded projects. Learn more at https://research.appstate.edu.
About Appalachian State University
As the premier public undergraduate institution in the state of North Carolina, Appalachian State University prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The Appalachian Experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and to embrace diversity and difference. Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Appalachian is one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina System. Appalachian enrolls more than 19,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.