The Union Recorder

July 10, 2013

Two faculty members named Fulbright Scholars


GCSU Communications

MILLEDGEVILLE — Each year, the U.S. Fulbright Scholar Program provides more than 800 teaching or research grants to professionals in a wide variety of academic and fields. Two Georgia College faculty members will join those ranks during the 2013-2014 academic year.

Dr. Carol Christy and Dr. Joe Mocnik will travel abroad during the next year to teach and research on their respective subjects.

Mocnik, who is the director of the library, will visit the University of Rijeka in Croatia during fall 2013. 

“I am looking forward to this experience as I will be teaching a course on American history at the university and conducting research,” said Mocnik. “It will allow me to broaden my teaching skills, research knowledge and network among colleagues. It also will be a great opportunity to promote Georgia College and our programs.”

Fulbright Scholar grants are available in more than 125 countries worldwide according to The Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES), the scholar division of the Institute of International Education.

Education professor Dr. Carol Christy will spend the spring 2014 semester at the University of Alberta in Canada.

“This is really an amazing opportunity,” said Christy. “I have wanted and worked to achieve this for a long time.”

During her research, Christy will work to find and implement the best combination of tools to teach reading skills to middle and secondary students.

“The goal of my research is to make better teachers by integrating the findings into teacher education,” said Christy.

Georgia College has hosted several Fulbright Scholars from countries including Taiwan, Serbia and Niger.

More than 10 faculty members have been named Fulbright Scholars in the last several years serving many places including Germany, India, Cyprus and China. 

The Fulbright Program was established in 1946 under legislation introduced by then-Sen. J. William Fulbright of Arkansas. The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State sponsors the Fulbright Program, which awards approximately 8,000 grants annually. According to CIES, about 310,000 "Fulbrighters" have participated in the Program since its inception. 

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