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Jan. 18, 2011

CONTACT: K.E. Schwab




SRU professor receives Fulbright Scholar grant


SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Christopher Kreiser, assistant professor of English at Slippery Rock University, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to lecture and offer consultation at the Universidad de Cartagena in Cartagena, Colombia, during spring semester.

           The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding. It is administered by the U.S. Department of State and is named for the late J. William Fulbright, a U.S. senator from Arkansas who long supported establishment of an international exchange program.

           Kreiser said Colombia recently initiated a national program to improve student understanding of English. He will be involved in that program at the University of Cartagena. “I will teach an upper-level undergraduate course in ‘Discourse Studies,’” he said. The Fulbright program requires participants to write a report and to deliver public lectures on their observations when they return.

           “Colombia is undertaking a program that every graduating student be able to communicate in English, so that will certainly be part of my teaching along with work in helping develop a department of modern languages in English,” he said.

           Kreiser, who joined the SRU faculty in 2003, will also conduct independent research and offer curricular consultation within the Programa Nacionalde Bilingüismo initiative at Cartagena.
He is one of approximately 1,100 U.S. faculty and professionals who will travel abroad through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program in 2010-2011.

           “The timing was perfect,” Kreiser said. “My wife, Melissa Teodoro, in the dance department, is doing research in Colombia during spring semester under a Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education grant, so we were able to rent an apartment and will be able to visit with family who live in Bogotá. We have an adopted daughter from Colombia and are in the process of adopting another, so they will have a chance to meet their extended family in Colombia.”

            Teodoro’s research will involve Afro-Colombia and carnival dance styles. She is an assistant professor of dance at SRU.

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