Ridgewater’s Sam Nelson Receives Fulbright Award

Sam Nelson, History Instructor at Ridgewater College, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to teach at the Kazan Institute of Economics, Management, and Law for the entire 2012-13 academic year, according to the United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

Nelson’s proposal is to teach American History and Government, Hollywood History, and Oral History beginning in September 2012, although that plan could vary depending upon the needs of the institution.

Why did he pursue the opportunity?  “It’s broadening from a professional perspective,” Nelson says “to experience another culture and to be exposed to the students and educational system from another country.”  Nelson adds that he especially looks forward to exploring where Russian and U.S. history intersect from the perspective of Russian students and instructors, such as World War II or the Cold War.

Nelson is one of approximately 1,100 U.S. faculty and professionals who will travel abroad through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program in 2011-2012.

“Sam’s selection is testimony to his excellence in the classroom and his commitment and dedication to the teaching profession,” commented Ridgewater President Douglas Allen.  “Students at Ridgewater College have long known of his outstanding teaching ability.”

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields.

Nelson finds himself in prestigious company, as Fulbright alumni have achieved distinction in government, science, the arts, business, philanthropy, education, and athletics. Forty three Fulbright alumni from 11 countries have been awarded the Nobel Prize, and 75 alumni have received Pulitzer Prizes.