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Two UT Faculty Receive Fulbright Awards

Two University of Tennessee, Knoxville faculty have received prestigious Fulbright Scholar Awards for 2022-2023. Fulbright Scholar Awards are competitive fellowship opportunities for scholars to teach, conduct research and carry out professional projects across the globe. These awards  allow U.S. scholars to engage in cutting-edge research, expand their professional networks, continue research collaborations abroad and lay the groundwork for forging future partnerships between the U.S. and their host institutions.

Kimberly Wolbers, co-director of Undergraduate Studies and professor of Deaf Studies in the Department of Theory & Practice in Teacher Education, has received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program award for the 2022-2023 academic year from the U.S. Department of State and the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

This Fulbright Scholar Award will support teaching activities over a 10-month period with the Centre for Deaf Studies (CFDS) at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) in Johannesburg, South Africa. The CFDS, recognized in Africa as a leading Centre in Deaf Studies, is a vibrant deaf epicenter. Its mission is to foster equal opportunities for the deaf through multilingual, multicultural, and equity minded teacher education.

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Neelam Chandra Poudyal, associate professor in the Department of Forestry, Fisheries, and Wildlife, has received a prestigious Fulbright Scholar Award for 2022-2023. This fall, Poudyal will visit the Institute of Forestry, Pokhara Campus of Tribhuvan University in Nepal, where he will collaborate with the faculty of Wildlife and Protected Area Management to conduct research on sustaining human-wildlife coexistence in the fringe areas of Nepal’s national parks.

Poudyal’s project during the fellowship will center around this topic: “Sustaining human-wildlife co-existence in contested landscapes: how can Nepal’s buffer zone experience inform protected are management around the world?”

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