Chronicle of Higher Education names Kennesaw State a top producing university for Fulbright Scholars
University listed among the top seven of all master's institutions KENNESAW, Ga. (Feb. 24…
Georgia (Feb 23, 2015) — University listed among the top seven of all master's institutions
KENNESAW, Ga. (Feb. 24, 2015) — Kennesaw State University was recognized as one of the top producing institutions of Fulbright Scholars for the 2014-15 academic year by the Chronicle of Higher Education earlier this month. Among master’s institutions, Kennesaw State was among the top seven with three KSU faculty members earning Fulbright grants this year.
The Fulbright Program, the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program, has provided grants for more than 300,000 participants to study, teach and conduct research in more than 125 countries worldwide since its inception in 1946. Each year, more than 800 U.S. scholars teach or conduct research abroad in a wide array of academic and professional fields through the program.
“Being named among the top comprehensive universities in the country for our number of Fulbright Scholars speaks strongly to Kennesaw State’s robust academic talent among our faculty,” said Ken Harmon, provost and vice president for academic affairs. “KSU professors serve as goodwill ambassadors while working as Fulbright Scholars in their host countries, but they also gain international recognition for their professional talents and help establish new connections abroad for the University.”
Three Kennesaw State professors were named as Fulbright Scholars for the 2014-15 academic year: David Mitchell, professor of gerontology, Linda Hightower, professor of visual arts, and Amanda Richey, assistant professor of TESOL. Kennesaw State’s faculty members are in Israel, Nepal and Jordan, respectively, this academic year.
“Kennesaw State’s Fulbright Scholars share their scholarly knowledge and research while abroad, which allows for a dynamic exchange of ideas and contributes to finding solutions of shared international concerns,” said Charles Amlaner, vice president for research and dean of the Graduate College. Faculty members also bring back experiences that enrich their scholarship and teaching in the future, he added.
In the United States, the Institute of International Education administers and coordinates activities relevant to the Fulbright Student Program and Fulbright Scholar Program on behalf of the U.S. Department of State.
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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering more than 100 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees. A member of the University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive university with more than 32,000 students from 130 countries. In January 2015, Kennesaw State and Southern Polytechnic State University consolidated to create one of the 50 largest public universities in the country.
A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers more than 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its more than 35,000 students. With 13 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the third-largest university in the state. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the region and from 92 countries across the globe. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status, and one of the 50 largest public institutions in the country. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu.