Fulbright Scholar Professor to teach in Indonesia

Fulbright Scholar Professor to teach in Indonesia

Image Courtesy: Assaf's Website

Lori Assaf, professor of curriculum and instruction received a Fulbright Specialist Award grant to travel to Indonesia for two weeks to lecture on language learning and technology in education. Assaf will travel to Universitas Tanjungpura on March 1 and  will be teaching at Universitas Tanjungpura in Pontianak, Indonesia. She will also facilitate a writing workshop for faculty and graduate students in academic writing. Assaf is the plenary speaker for a national conference in Indonesia on Trends in English Language Teaching Methodologies. She has been teaching and conducting research on language and literacy on a global basis for a decade.

The Fulbright Specialist Program that gave Assaf the grant is designed to increase cultural understanding between the U.S. and other countries. The program sends U.S. faculty and professionals to academic institutions abroad for two to six weeks to serve as expert consultants on curriculum, faculty development, institutional planning and related subjects. These consultants are not only there to teach and conduct research but to build relationships with people in their host country.

 “As a faculty, we are very focused on learning and building relationships outside of the university on a global scale,” Assaf said.

College of Education Dean Michael O’Malley said he believes Texas State’s faculty is very interested in contributing to other countries and learning from them. The College of Education tries to bring awareness to the program, with O’Malley, in particular, working with faculty to prepare their proposals and give feedback. O’Malley received a Fulbright grant in 2012 and now reviews proposals from applicants from other parts of the country.

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