A prestigious Fulbright Grant from the U.S. State Department will give an opportunity to teach abroad to Dr. Avi Kempinski, assistant professor of modern languages at Fort Hays State University.
Kempinski will travel to the University of Duisberg-Essen in Essen, Germany, for the spring 2011 semester to teach and continue his research agenda.
The State Department's Fulbright Program is an international, educational exchange program designed to "increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries."
Kempinski was one of approximately 1,100 American scholars and professionals to be sent to approximately 125 different countries this year and one of only 30 funded by the German government.
"Avi now has the chance to share information between FHSU and the rest of the world," said Dr. Larry Gould, FHSU provost. "This is a great opportunity for FHSU, and it helps us internationalize our campus."
Not only will this opportunity benefit Kempinski, but it will also benefit his students, his teaching and FHSU.
"By teaching in the diversified context of UDE, I will have the opportunity to expand my understanding of the notion of German identity and subsequently to incorporate those insights and knowledge in future course offerings at FHSU," said Kempinski.
"In addition," he said, " I hope that the students I teach in Germany will be candidates one day to come and study at Fort Hays State University."
He said one of his main goals while in Germany is to expand the ties between UDE and FHSU through exchange programs for students and faculty.
In addition to Kempinski's award, Dr. Lexey Bartlett, assistant professor of English, has been designated as an alternate for a Fulbright Grant this award cycle. Bartlett proposed to teach and conduct research at the University of Maynooth in Maynooth, Ireland.
The Fulbright Program, sponsored by the State Department's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, is the U.S. government's flagship international exchange program and is supported by the people of the U.S. and partner countries around the world. For more information, go to fulbright.state.gov.