Marylhurst University Faculty Member Receives Fulbright Specialists Award

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Dr. Tonda Liggett will travel to Thailand to assist in developing a master’s in English program

Dr. Tonda Liggett, faculty member in the Department of Education at Marylhurst University, has been selected for a Fulbright Specialists project in Thailand at Chiang Mai Rajabhat University during May 2015, according to the United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

Liggett is one of over 400 U.S. faculty and professionals who will travel abroad this year through the Fulbright Specialists Program. Her project will focus on the development of the faculty and students at Chiang Mai Rajabhat University, providing faculty professional development, enhancing faculty members’ and students’ English skills, and producing high quality curricular materials. She will assist faculty in Chaing Mai Rajabhat’s English department develop a master’s program.

Liggett will be available for interviews upon returning from Thailand in late May.

Tonda Liggett is associate faculty and English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program coordinator in the Department of Education at Marylhurst University. Her research focuses on the intersections of English language education and critical multicultural education. Within this nexus, she examines issues of race, culture and language in relation to teacher identity and teaching. Most recently, she has been researching and traveling to Southeast Asia to better understand the role of globalization on language learning and cultural context. She holds a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction and an M.A. in Language and Linguistics from the University of New Hampshire.

The Fulbright Specialists Program, created in 2000 to complement the traditional Fulbright Scholar Program, provides short-term academic opportunities (two to six weeks) to prominent U.S. faculty and professionals to support curricular and faculty development and institutional planning at postsecondary, academic institutions around the world.

The Fulbright Program, America’s flagship international educational exchange activity, is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. In its 60 years of existence, thousands of U.S. faculty and professionals have taught, studied or conducted research abroad, and thousands of their counterparts from other countries have engaged in similar activities in the United States. Over 285,000 emerging leaders in their professional fields have received Fulbright awards, including individuals who later became heads of government, Nobel Prize winners, and leaders in education, business, journalism, the arts and other fields.

About Marylhurst University
Marylhurst University, a private liberal arts university 10 miles south of Portland, Ore., on Highway 43, is regionally accredited and nationally recognized for innovation and academic excellence in serving adult learners. Founded in 1893, Oregon's oldest Catholic university serves nearly 1,300 multigenerational students of all faiths and backgrounds. Marylhurst offers more than 50 undergraduate and graduate degrees and professional certificate programs on campus and online, all of which integrate the liberal arts with professional studies and prepare graduates to be ethical leaders who think critically and creatively.

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