Distinguished Professor Receives Third Fulbright Scholarship

Published on Thu, May 29, 2014

Alexander Dawoody, Ph.D., associate professor of administrative studies, recently completed two of his scholarly endeavors through the Fulbright Program and was awarded his third Fulbright Scholarship, through which he will work in Kazakhstan in spring 2015.

Dr. Dawoody went to Baku, Azerbaijan, during the 2012-2013 academic year for his first Fulbright Core Scholar, and then traveled to Tegucigalpa, Honduras, in October 2013 to serve as a Fulbright Specialist. In both countries, his teaching focused on the American system of government, public administration and international relations. During each of these experiences, he was still able to teach his Marywood classes via Moodle, an online learning platform.

In spring 2015, he will be teaching global public policy and international relations in Kazakhstan as part of his third Fulbright Scholarship. The purpose of Fulbright, though, goes beyond teaching.

"Fulbright is not only about teaching, it's about building bridges between countries," explained Dr. Dawoody. "We go to promote friendship between the American people and the people of the host country and invite them to come to the U.S. to do the same thing."

Fulbright encourages scholars to go beyond the classroom and delve into the culture of the people. During both of his previous Fulbright assignments, Dr. Dawoody formed friendships with the people and celebrated their cultural events—from the Azeri New Year (Newroz) and Honduran soccer matches to weddings and family visits in each country. He also worked with host universities to cultivate reciprocal agreements between them and Marywood, to allow for future faculty and student exchanges. These personal and professional partnerships continue long after the term of the scholarship ends, he said.

Dr. Dawoody is looking forward to his third Fulbright Scholarship in Kazakhstan during the spring semester 2015. For this, he expressed his appreciation to Marywood, especially President Sister Anne Munley, IHM, Ph.D., as well as other university officials, deans, faculty, staff, and students, for their support, which made his Fulbright experiences a possibility.

"Because of the university's support I am humbled and honored to have received three Fulbright Scholarships. In essence, these awards are more a recognition of the university—its mission, goals, leadership, faculty, staff, and students—than of a single individual. I owe it to Marywood," said Dr. Dawoody.