Salem Professor Awarded Fulbright
Susan Opt, chair and associate professor in the Communication Department at Salem College, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to lecture at the Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic during the 2009-2010 academic year, according to the United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.
Opt is one of approximately 1,100 U.S. faculty and professionals who will travel abroad through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program in the upcoming year. During her time in the Czech Republic, she will be lecturing both in the department of media studies and journalism and in the department of English and American studies.
The Fulbright Program, America’s flagship international educational exchange program, is sponsored by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Since its establishment in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright Program has provided approximately 286,500 people – 108,160 Americans who have studied, taught or researched abroad and 178,340 students, scholars and teachers from other countries who have engaged in similar activities in the United States – with the opportunity to observe each others' political, economic, educational and cultural institutions, to exchange ideas and to embark on joint ventures of importance to the general welfare of the world's inhabitants. The Program operates in more than 155 countries worldwide.
Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. Three other Salem professors have been awarded Fulbrights in the past, Richard Johe, Tom Mosley and Adam Steiner.
Fulbright recipients are among over 40,000 individuals participating in U.S. Department of State exchange programs each year. For more than 60 years, the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs has supported programs that seek to promote mutual understanding and respect between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program is administered by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars.