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CU Professor to Serve as Senior Fellow with the State Department

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CU Professor to Serve as Senior Fellow with the State Department

by Public Relations Office - Cedarville, OH

July 19, 2006

Cedarville, Ohio-Wilberforce resident Dr. Andrew Wiseman has been selected as a Senior Fellow for the U.S. State Department. The Cedarville University professor will be based at the U.S. Embassy in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, for the 2006-2007 academic year.

In addition to teaching and conducting research, Wiseman will be working with U.S. and central Asian officials to evaluate and develop higher education language programs in Kyrgyzstan and central Asia. Kyrgyzstan is a landlocked country bordering Kazakhstan, China, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan. Following the breakup of the Soviet Union, Kyrgyzstan achieved independence in 1991 and the capital, where Wiseman will be based, was renamed Bishkek.

Wiseman serves as an assistant professor of Spanish and director of travel studies for Cedarville University. While in Kyrgyzstan he plans to explore international study options and development programs. “As director of travel studies, I’m always looking for new exchanges/study abroad opportunities for our students,” he explained. To facilitate those efforts, Wiseman will return to the University the first week of each semester to conduct orientations and on-campus interviews for students wanting to study overseas. Along with that, Wiseman will teach one of his classes through WebCT.

The idea for applying for the fellowship came last year after Wiseman returned from Uzbekistan on a Fulbright Award. While there he acquired a passion to connect with the Muslim culture. “I want to create professional and personal relationships and help make a difference in the lives of others,” Wiseman explained. “So, based on the support I have received from Cedarville for my international academic endeavors last fall, on a whim I applied for a post with the U.S. Department of State in central Asia.” Besides engaging the culture, Wiseman is looking forward to the opportunities he will have to help shape education policy in central Asia.