Chronicle: Elon a 2011-12 “top producer” of Fulbright scholars

The Chronicle of Higher Education listed Elon among leading institutions that produced Fulbright scholars in 2011-12.

Elon University was one of 29 master’s level colleges and universities listed by the Chronicle of Higher Education in its Oct. 28 edition as a “top producing” institution of academic scholars who received Fulbright grants in 2011-12.

The Chronicle published a special section reporting on future funding for the U.S. Department of State’s Fulbright Scholar Program. The list of top producers of U.S. Fulbright scholars, by type of Carnegie Classification, was included in the section. Among the universities joining Elon on the list of master’s level institutions that produced 2011-12 academic scholars from within their faculty are the University of Richmond, Creighton University and Butler University.

Associate professor Glenn Scott was awarded a Fulbright lecture grant to teach at the University of the Ryukyus in Okinawa, Japan, and former Elon assistant professor Kim Jones has completed a project of collecting and analyzing oral histories in Brazil regarding the origins and development of the nation’s universal national health care system, as well as supervising graduate research and helping to develop a Brazilian university’s first Ph.D. program.

Scott will teach in Okinawa through the 2011-12 academic year.

Jones is today a university professor and researcher in the graduate program in social development and the graduate program in health science studies at the State University of Montes Claros. She recently had her first article written in Portuguese, which discusses elements of Brazil’s national university healthcare system, accepted for publication in an edited volume.

Three Elon University alumni from the Class of 2011 also received Fulbright grant awards last spring. Chris Jarrett, Gabrielle Dean and Brittany Carroll were each awarded Fulbright Program grants for overseas research and teaching, and their selections represented the largest number of students in Elon history to receive the prestigious national honor in the same academic year.

From the Institute of International Education, which administers the program:

The Fulbright Program, the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program, is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department of State. Since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 300,000 participants—chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential — with the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.