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Monmouth University Professor Receives Prestigious Fulbright Award

Priscilla Gac-Artigas, professor of Spanish and Latin American Literature at Monmouth University, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to lecture and conduct research at the University of Santiago de Chile (USACH) during fall 2014, the United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board announced recently.

Gac-Artigas, who is also a contributing member of the Academia Norteamericana de la Lengua Española (North American Academy of the Spanish Language), will be working with colleagues in the Department of Linguistics and Literature at USACH on a project that aims to strengthen students´ critical thinking, linguistic and written communication skills, and master student-led learning strategies.

“I am thrilled to be part of the Fulbright Program and to share the expertise that I have gained during my tenure at Monmouth University with colleagues and students at one of the finest universities in Latin America, and in return, to bring back the knowledge that I will gain in Chile to enrich the learning experience of my students at Monmouth,” said Gac-Artigas. “One of the goals of the program is for Fulbright scholars to enhance the possibilities for all nations to live in peace and friendship, an ideal that I share with the Monmouth University community and its Institute for Global Understanding.”

Monmouth University’s Institute for Global Understanding, through academic programs, field experiences, service learning, and engagement in local and global communities, fulfills Monmouth University’s broad mission of promoting global understanding, diversity and leadership.

“One of my priorities has been to engage our students and faculty as members of the broader global community, said Paul R. Brown, president of Monmouth University. “The Fulbright Program provides Professor Gac-Artigas with the opportunity to establish bridges of cultural and intellectual exchange that will resonate across not only our two universities, but also our different countries. This type of intense, hands-on learning experience is something that has emerged as a core value for our scholar-teachers during our ongoing strategic planning process,” Brown said.

“Receiving a Fulbright grant is special. Only the best applicants are selected,” stated Saliba Sarsar, associate vice president for global initiatives. “Congratulations to Dr. Gac-Artigas as she embarks on her Fulbright journey to Chile and experiences its culture and literature.”