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Full of Fulbrights

Barry McNamara
12/21/2010
Heather Brady
Last spring, Monmouth College announced that two of its faculty members, Heather Brady and Amy Caldwell, had received Fulbright Scholarships to teach in Mexico and Mozambique, respectively.

What was unknown at the time was how rare a distinction it is for a non-graduate school institution to have multiple Fulbright Scholars at the same time.

According to The Chronicle of Higher Education, Monmouth College is on a short list of 11 bachelor’s institutions that received two or more Fulbright awards in the 2010-11 academic year. Middlebury College had three, and Monmouth was one of 10 schools with two.

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to “increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.”

“Receiving a Fulbright Scholarship is a great honor – the program is highly competitive,” said associate dean of academic affairs Bren Tooley, who was in Bulgaria last spring on a Fulbright Scholarship of her own. “It is also life-changing, exhilarating, horizon-expanding and intellectually invigorating. I hope we’ll have a regular series of faculty applying for and receiving Fulbright Scholarships in the coming years.”

Caldwell, an assistant professor of history, will teach in the spring at Eduardo Mondlane University. Included in her course offerings will be two of her specialties – Brazilian history and black rebels in the tropics.

An associate professor of modern foreign language, Brady is spending the entire academic year at the Universidad de Guadalajara, teaching and conducting research related to the influx of Mexican immigrants in the city of Monmouth.

“We actually have three Fulbright awards this year,” Tooley noted. “Heather is now a Fulbright Scholar, but she also received a Fulbright-Hays Summer Seminar award. It is very exciting for her and for Monmouth College that she received both in the same year. They are two different programs, run by two different government departments, but they are similar in purpose and certainly similar in distinction.”