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Appalachian is a top producer of Fulbright scholars

BOONE—China, Bosnia, India and South Africa are just a few of the past destinations of Fulbright Program award recipients at Appalachian State University.

Appalachian was recently recognized by the Institute of International Education as a top producer of Fulbright scholars within the institution’s Carnegie classification – that of master’s degree-granting university.

Two current professors and one retired professor from Appalachian received Fulbright awards for the 2010-11 academic year: Dr. Susan Mills, who received a Fulbright Scholar Grant to lecture and conduct research at The University of Zululand and The University of the Free State in South Africa for six months; and Dr. Gwen Robbins-Schug, who received a Fulbright Faculty Research Fellowship to conduct research in India beginning in January 2011.

Dr. Dragan Stefanovic, who retired from Appalachian in 2009, is currently teaching in Macedonia through a Fulbright award.

“These prestigious Fulbright Fellowships are always competitive, said Dr. Jesse Lutabingwa, associate vice chancellor for international education and development at Appalachian. “Many people across the country compete and only few are selected. To have three faculty members awarded in one year is a great honor for the individual faculty member and Appalachian.”

Lutabingwa said an increased awareness of the Fulbright Programs developed during the past five years is contributing to the increased awards to Appalachian faculty. In addition, Lutabingwa’s office sponsors a Fulbright program officer’s visit to campus each fall. “This effort is beginning to pay dividends. I am also thankful to Dr. Nina-Jo Moore and Dr. Jeanne Dubino who coordinate our campus-wide Fulbright efforts at Appalachian.”

The Fulbright student programs are run through the Honors College under the leadership of Dr. Dale Wheeler.

According to a list maintained by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (, other Appalachian faculty awarded a Fulbright grant in the past are:

2007-08 – Dr. Victoria Cox, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, to conduct research at the Ibero-American Institute in Berlin, Germany; Dr. Laurie Williamson, Department of Human Development and Psychological Counseling, to conduct research and teach at the University of Balamand in Lebanon; and Dr. Marvin Hoffman, Department of Government and Justice Studies, to conduct research in Serbia

2006-07 – Dr. Steven J. Hageman, Department of Geology, to conduct research in Croatia

2005-06 – Dr. Albert Harris, Department of Computer Information Systems, to lecture at the University of Évora in Portugal

2004-05 – former faculty member Dr. Maria Lichtmann, Department of Religion and Philosophy, to teach and research in comparative religion and interreligious dialogue at the University of Sarajevo in Bosnia and Herzegovina

2003-04 – Dr.  Betty S. Coffey, Department of Management, to teach in China and Dr. Maggie McFadden, Women’s Studies (retired), to teach at the Institute of Gender Studies at the University of Klagenfurt in Austria

2001-02 – Dr. John A. Williams (retired), Department of History, to teach in Japan

In addition, Robert White, a lecturer in University College and formerly with the Office of International Education and Development, received an administrator’s award in 2007-08 for travel to Germany.

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs sponsors the Fulbright Program. Approximately 1,200 grants are awarded to U.S. scholars each year. Currently, the Fulbright Program operates in more than 155 countries worldwide.