Posted by William Nunnelley on 2007-08-01

Four Samford University professors have been awarded Fulbright Scholar grants to lecture and conduct research at universities in Tunisia, Ecuador, Ukraine and China during the 2007-08 academic year. This is the first year in which more than one Samford professor has received a Fulbright award.

Dr. Mary McCullough, associate professor of French, received a 10-month award to teach and do research in Tunisia. She will teach English classes in literature, research methods, advanced writing and film at the University of Tunis-II at Al Manar. She will research reverse migration of Tunisians and stereotypes that colonists had when Tunisia was a French protectorate (1881-1954).

Dr. Perry Tompkins, professor of physics, will teach in Ecuador during the fall term. He will teach workshops and courses on computer instrumentation and data acquisition at the University of Cuenca College of Engineering.

Robert Greene, professor in Samford's Cumberland School of Law, will teach at the Odessa National Academy of Law in Ukraine during the spring of 2008. He will teach a course in comparative environmental law.

Deborah Young, also a professor of law, will serve as a lecturer in law at Xiamen University in Xiamen, China. She will teach evidence and criminal procedure to graduate law students. Her 10-year old daughter, Kate, will accompany her. Young first visited China in 1978 as a recipient of the Corning Traveling Fellowship.

In addition, May graduate Anna Swindle received a Fulbright student grant for overseas experience as a teaching assistant in Malaysia during 2008.

The Fulbright program was established in 1946 to build mutual understanding between the U.S. and other countries. Considered America's flagship international educational exchange program, it was created through legislation sponsored by the late Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas.

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