Congratulations to Dr. Betsy Gilliland who has been selected to receive the coveted Fulbright Award for the Fall 2018 Semester. Dr. Gilliland will travel to the Universidad de Atacama in Chile where she will teach 4th year undergraduate English pedagogy students who are preparing to become English as a foreign language teachers in primary and secondary schools. “Like the United States, Chile has public schools that are open to all children, and who vary in their readiness and motivation to learn. New teachers need to have a strong knowledge base and the ability to adapt practices to student needs,” said Gilliland. She wants to help meet these needs, while also laying foundations in the classroom that will equip graduates to meet the country’s high national standards for teacher education programs. Gilliland will combine her interests in second language writing, language teacher education, and collaborative action research.
The Fulbright Scholar Program is the United States flagship academic exchange effort. The program sponsors U.S. and foreign participants for exchanges in all areas of endeavor, including the sciences, business, academe, public service, government, and the arts, and continues to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.