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Haq to lead ACM program in India in 2012

Barry McNamara
Farhat Haq, chair of Monmouth College’s political science department, will be the faculty coordinator for an Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM) program during the next academic year.

An internationally recognized scholar of South Asian politics, Haq will lead the ACM’s program in Pune, India, in the fall of 2012.

In making the announcement about Haq and two other professors from ACM schools in similar posts, Carol Dickerman, the ACM’s director of international study programs, underscored the depth of experience that three faculty members will bring to the programs.

“Each of our visiting faculty has decades of experience in the classroom, wide-ranging interests in their research and teaching, and a strong commitment to off-campus study,” she said.

A long-time faculty adviser for the ACM India program, Haq knows it well and understands the challenges for students in adjusting to life in Pune.

“Professor Haq will be a welcoming and supportive presence to students when they first arrive on site and also will work effectively with program director Sucheta Paranjpe and the other on-site faculty and staff,” said Dickerman. “Her work in mentoring student research at Monmouth will be an invaluable contribution to the India Program as she works with students to identify topics and plan their independent study projects.”

Each summer, Haq teaches at the prestigious Lahore University in her native Pakistan, and she was awarded a Fulbright Senior Scholarship to teach and do research there in 2002.

Dean David Timmerman believes Haq is an important member of MC’s senior faculty.

“Professor Haq continues to lead our International Studies program, which she helped launch in 2004, and she is a fantastic teacher, an insightful scholar, an encouraging colleague and a wonderful person,” he said.

A graduate of the State University of New York at Fredonia, Haq earned her master’s degree in government from Cornell University in 1983 and her Ph.D. in government from Cornell in 1987. In her sixth year on Monmouth’s faculty, she won the prestigious Burlington Northern Foundation Faculty Achievement Award.