MACIE faculty and students are fortunate to have been awarded several Fulbright grants for international education.
In 2010, MACIE faculty Dr. Bruce Collet, and Dr. Patricia Kubow (now at Indiana University-Bloomington) won a Fulbright-Hays Award to Jordan, where twelve teachers from our region as well as BGSU students, including several from MACIE, travelled to learn more about Arab history and culture, and to integrate that learning into school curricula and programs.
MACIE has also welcomed two students into our program through Fulbright scholarships.
Pardis Rahimi (MACIE ’15), who recently graduated, joined MACIE with a wide variety of experiences working on vocational education reform in his native Afghanistan.
Mariia Palyga from Russia joined MACIE in Fall 2016, and is developing her interests in linguistics and philosophy in our program.
Three MACIE students have also won Fulbright awards for research and teaching upon graduation.
Samantha Martin (MACIE ’14) was awarded a prestigious Fulbright Research Grant to study in Indonesia. Returning to that country after her two year Peace Corps service from 2010-2012, Martin spent her 10-month grant examining the process to become a traditional healer in the modern world. Following her previous international experience, as well as her cross-cultural teaching experience in the Navajo Nation as an undergraduate, Martin was an excellent candidate for the Fulbright position, as well as a strong representative of the type of student that the MACIE program at BGSU produces following her studies. Read more about Samantha’s research here: https://www.bgsu.edu/news/2014/04/fulbright-student-scholar-to-research-healing-in-indonesia.html
Samantha Boss (MACIE ’15) embarked on her new journey as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship recipient just weeks after graduation. Following her Peace Corps service from 2011-2014 in Guatemala, Boss returned to the region to teach English with the help of her TESOL concentration in the MACIE program. Being trilingual herself (in English, Spanish, and indigenous K'iche'), Boss has become interested in book publishing. She aspires to work with local Indigenous writers, assisting them in publishing works in their native languages.
Jessica Batterton, (MACIE ’15) earned a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Rwanda. A Returned Peace Corps Volunteer from Mozambique (2009-2011), Batterton focused on Educational Development & Marginalized Populations in her MACIE studies. In Rwanda, her plans were to host a bilingual theater club in addition to teaching English, in order to bridge different generations and build confidence in English speaking amongst her students. Read more about the English Teaching Assistantships here: http://www.bgsu.edu/news/2015/05/fulbright-fellowships-to-send-graduates-to-mexico-rwanda.html