UNCW, two professors win Fulbright Scholar recognition
November 3, 2011By Alison Lee Satake
Flagship international educational exchange program, the Fulbright Scholar program sponsored by the U.S. government, has named the University of North Carolina Wilmington as one of this year’s “top producers.”
Two UNCW faculty members, Todd Berliner and Diane Levy, will travel abroad through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program this year.
Berliner has received his second Fulbright scholarship and is one of 40 nationally to receive a Distinguished Chair Fulbright Scholars Award this year.
“Since 2000, UNCW has had nine faculty Fulbright recipients, which is remarkable,” said UNCW Chancellor Gary L. Miller. “It reflects both the high quality of scholarship of our faculty and their commitment to global engagement.”
UNCW has also been successful in producing student Fulbright recipients, with 11 students receiving awards since 1998 in biology, ecology, history, teaching English as a second language, Middle Eastern languages and literatures, creative writing and information sciences/systems. Most recently, Sarah Fann traveled to Australia to continue her studies in marine environmental research in 2010-11.
Professors Berliner and Levy will travel during the spring to Hungary and Ukraine, respectively. Berliner, professor in the Department of Film Studies, will lecture on American cinema and American studies at Eotvos Lorand University in Budapest. Levy, a professor in the Department of Sociology and Criminology, will lecture on sociology at National University of Kyiv-Mohlya Academy in Kiev.
Berliner’s first Fulbright award was in 2005-06, when he traveled to Vietnam. This year, he is the recipient of the Laszlo Orszagh Chair in American Studies, the only Fulbright distinguished chair award in Hungary. Distinguished chairs are awarded to candidates who are “eminent scholars and have a significant publication and teaching record.”