App State honored as a Top Producer of Fulbright scholars, students for 2022–23
The university is one of 3 master’s institutions nationwide to receive the honor
By Jessica Stump
Reposted from: https://today.appstate.edu/2023/02/15/fulbright
BOONE, N.C. — Appalachian State University is one of 18 higher education institutions nationwide to be named a Top Producer of Fulbright scholars and students for the 2022–23 academic year, according to the U.S. Department of State and Institute of International Education. The university is one of only three master’s institutions to receive the honor this year.
Two App State faculty and four alumni were awarded 2022–23 Fulbrights to study, teach and/or research abroad through the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program. Of the more than 9,300 applicants nationally for the 2022–23 Fulbright award cycle, less than a quarter received a Fulbright award.
“App State is proud that so many of our faculty, students and alumni have received Fulbright awards over the years,” said App State Provost Heather Hulburt Norris. “By working with the Fulbright Student Program and the Fulbright Scholar Program as partners in a shared educational mission, we create mutual respect across cultures, as well as a deeper understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing humankind.”
This is the sixth time App State has placed in the top 10 list for Fulbright U.S. Scholars among master’s institutions, and the third time the university has made the list for the number of students and/or alumni selected for the Fulbright Program. App State was recognized as the nation’s Top Producer of Fulbright students and scholars among master’s institutions in 2019–20 and tied with the College of Charleston for this same honor in 2018–19.
“Thanks to the visionary leadership of these institutions, administrators and advisors, a new generation of Fulbrighters — changemakers, as I like to say — will catalyze lasting impact on their campus, in their communities and around the world,” said Lee Satterfield, assistant secretary of state for the U.S. Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
Fulbright Week at App State, taking place Feb. 14–16, offers numerous in-person and virtual workshops for students, faculty and staff to learn more about opportunities available through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program and the Fulbright U.S. Student Program — as well as tips and tricks for preparing a successful Fulbright application. The three-day event is organized by App State’s Office of Nationally Competitive Scholarships, Office of International Education and Development and Office of Research.
Faculty Fulbright recipients
App State’s two faculty Fulbright recipients for the 2022–23 award cycle:
- Dr. Alexandra Sterling-Hellenbrand, professor of German and global studies at App State, is teaching undergraduate courses and engaging in research this spring as the Fulbright Visiting Professor of Cultural Studies at the University of Graz. Her research builds upon and is part of a larger project called “Medieval Literature in the Modern Landscape: Heritage, Culture and Identity in Contemporary Austria,” which Sterling-Hellenbrand began in spring 2020, during her first Fulbright appointment at the University of Graz.
- Dr. Katherine Ledford, professor of Appalachian studies in App State’s Department of Interdisciplinary Studies, is spending the spring 2023 semester in Amman, Jordan, where she teaches at Al-Ahliyya Amman University — working to foster cross-cultural understanding between the people of Appalachia and Jordan through literature.
Alumni Fulbright recipients
App State’s four alumni Fulbright recipients for the 2022–23 award cycle:
- Alumna Payton Blaney ’22, of Reidsville, received a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) to Germany. Blaney, who graduated from App State in May 2022, holds bachelor’s degrees in political science-international and comparative politics and in languages, literatures and cultures with a concentration in German.
- Alumnus Andrew Williard ’22, of Winston-Salem, received a Fulbright ETA to Germany. A former Honors College student, Williard graduated from App State in May 2022 with degrees in economics-environmental economics and policy and languages, literatures, and cultures-German.
- Alumnus Henry Campbell ’21, of Charlotte, received a Fulbright ETA to Taiwan. Campbell graduated from App State in December 2021, earning two degrees — one in global studies with a concentration in East Asian studies and one in languages, literatures and cultures with a concentration in East Asian languages and cultures (Chinese focus).
- Alumna Ilya Wang ’20, of Rockwell and Taichung, Taiwan, received a Fulbright Open Study/Research Award to Argentina. Wang graduated from App State in 2020, earning her B.A. in global studies with a concentration in global food systems.