Four Professors Named Fulbright Scholars

 

Four professors at UT are spanning the globe as Fulbright Scholars this year.

The Fulbright Program is a prestigious international exchange initiative that awards about 1,100 grants to American scholars each year. Funded by the US government, Fulbright Scholars are chosen based on their leadership and academic merits and their abilities to teach, conduct research, and contribute to solutions for shared international concerns.

Michelle Commander, assistant professor of English, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to lecture and conduct research at the University of Ghana, Legon for this academic year. She will teach courses on literature of the black diaspora, conduct follow-up ethnographic research, and write her book manuscript, Afro-Atlantic Speculative Fictions: Flight, Mythmaking, and the African Fantastic.

David Fox, professor of architecture, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to teach at Krakow Polytechnic in Krakow, Poland, and conduct research. His term will begin in January 2013 for the spring semester. Fox will be teaching drawing and design classes. Fox specializes in affordable housing design, urban residential development, freehand drawing and perception, and architectural photography.

Sarah Lowe, professor of art, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to conduct research at the University of Oslo in Norway for this academic year. Lowe will work with Intermedia, a research center at the university exploring the boundaries of digital environments in communication, interaction and learning. She plans to use her research on a project with the Eastern Band of Cherokee in Cherokee, North Carolina, in which a mobile application is being used to educate Cherokee students.

Sam Swan, professor of journalism and electronic media and director of internationalization and outreach in the College of Communication and Information, has been awarded a Senior Fulbright Specialist grant to teach at the University of Zagreb in Croatia. Swan will conduct workshops on television news for the month of December. Swan has worked at the University of Zagreb for the past ten years conducting television journalism training programs and is the leading media trainer throughout Eastern Europe, Africa, and Asia.

Since its establishment in 1946, the Fulbright Program has given approximately 310,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists, and scientists the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research; exchange ideas; and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. The Fulbright US Scholar Program is administered by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars, a division of the Institute of International Education.

For more information, visit fulbright.state.gov.

C O N T A C T :

Whitney Heins (865-974-5460, wheins@utk.edu)

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