SJU Among Top Producers of Fulbright Scholars Nationwide

Sunday, November 11, 2012

PHILADELPHIA (November 9, 2012) - A record number of U.S. Student Fulbright recipients from Saint Joseph’s University have placed the institution among the top master’s institutions nationwide in the Chronicle of Higher Education’s Top Producers of U.S. Fulbright Students, 2012-13.

Saint Joseph’s had the second highest number of Fulbrights among those institutions noted in the master’s category, with five awardees out of thirteen applicants.

“It is truly an honor for the University, and a testament to our academic distinction to be recognized as a leading producer of U.S. Fulbright students among peer institutions in the country,” said University President C. Kevin Gillespie, S.J. ’72.  “And we are tremendously proud of our Fulbright students and all that they have accomplished and are contributing around the globe.”

The five Saint Joseph’s Student Fulbright Scholars for 2012-13 are: Kerry Burns ‘12, a Spanish major with minors in linguistics and philosophy who is teaching English at a university in Colombia and pursuing coursework in speech pathology and bilingual education; Erin Butler ‘12, a Spanish and elementary education major and secondary education, Latin American studies and faith/justice triple minor, who is in Peru at an English teacher training college; Victor DiNoia ‘12, a double major in economics and finance, with a minor in German who is studying behavioral finance within international banking at the Duisenberg School of Finance in the Netherlands; Margaret Myers ‘12, a double major in international relations and German who is teaching English at a new university in Turkey, and Kimberleigh Pulford ‘12, an international relations major with minors in Latin American studies, Spanish and history who is teaching in Malaysia.

There was a significant investment of time and talent by Saint Joseph’s faculty members who served on the University’s Fulbright committee, providing mentoring and evaluating candidates, according to Peter Norberg, Ph.D., associate professor of English,who served as director of fellowships and oversaw the application process for three years before stepping down to assume the chairmanship of the English department. Brent Smith, Ph.D., associate professor of marketing, has succeeded him.

The members of the 2012-13 committee were: Jo Alyson Parker, Ph.D., professor and immediate past chair of the English Department; Jay Carter, Ph.D., professor of history and director of international relations; David Carpenter, Ph.D., associate professor of theology and director of Asian studies; James Hebbeler, Ph.D., assistant professor of philosophy and a former Fulbright recipient; Lisa Baglione, Ph.D., professor and chair of political science; Benjamin Leibman, Ph.D., chair and associate professor of economics; Richard Warren, Ph.D., associate professor of history and former director of Latin American studies; Heather Hennes, Ph.D., associate professor of Spanish and current director of Latin American studies; Elaine Shenk, Ph.D., assistant professor of Spanish; Robert Shannon, Ph.D., professor of Spanish; Thomas Buckley, Ph.D., associate professor of German and director of German major; Deron Albright, M.F.A., associate professor of film and former Fulbright recipient.

In the United States, the Institute of International Education administers and coordinates the activities relevant to the U.S. Student Program on behalf of the U.S. Department of State, including conducting an annual competition for the scholarships.

The Fulbright Program also awards grants to American teachers and faculty to conduct research and teach overseas.  In addition, some 4,000 new foreign Fulbright students and scholars come to the United States annually to study for graduate degrees, conduct research and teach at U.S. universities, colleges and secondary schools.

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As Philadelphia's Jesuit, Catholic University, founded by the Society of Jesus in 1851, Saint Joseph's University provides a rigorous, student-centered education rooted in the liberal arts. SJU ranks as a top university in the Northeast, with a Phi Beta Kappa chapter in the College of Arts and Sciences and AACSB accreditation of the  Erivan K. Haub School of Business. The University is also deeply committed to the Jesuit tradition of scholarship and service, earning a place on the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll and the community engagement classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. With courses offered on campus and online, SJU prepares its more than 8,000 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students to lead lives of personal excellence, professional success and engaged citizenship.


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