Cedarville University Professor Named Fulbright Scholar

by Public Relations Office

Cedarville, Ohio - Dr. Andrew Wiseman, assistant professor of Spanish at Cedarville University, had been named a Fulbright Scholar. The Fulbright Scholar program is the U.S. government's flagship academic exchange effort. Its purpose is to recruit and send nearly 800 U.S.-based academicians to 140 countries. It also brings 800 foreign faculty and professionals to the U.S. Grantees lecture and conduct research in a wide variety of academic and professional fields. Wiseman will travel to Uzbekistan during Spring Semester 2004. Wiseman earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Massachusetts. He holds an M.A. from Florida State University and a doctorate in education from Universidad de San Jose, San Jose, Costa Rica. He joined the Cedarville University faculty in 2000 and is the first faculty member from the institution to be selected for the Fulbright program. Uzbekistan is a part of the former Soviet Union and is located in central Asia, north of Afghanistan. Its population is roughly 25 million. "My wife, Jessica, and I love to experience different cultures," Wiseman explained when asked about his selection. "We've lived, worked, and studied in Europe, Asia, and Latin America and have many close friends from those areas. My experiences last year as a visiting lecturer for Gyeongang National University in South Korea whetted my appetite for finding more opportunities to work at foreign universities. "The Fulbright application process offers you three choices of location. I chose Uzbekistan primarily because I have never been there and I wanted to experience living and working in Eurasia, as well as have the opportunity to study the Russian and Uzbek languages. In addition, I hope to build personal and professional relationships with my Uzbek colleagues and students," he concluded. Wiseman's excursions around the world will continue even before he travels to Uzbekistan. "This summer I will be leading a University-sponsored Missions Involvement Services (MIS) team to Japan for two weeks. I'll spend the rest of the summer in South Korea with my wife, who is currently teaching English at Handong Global Christian University in Pohang," he explained. "During that time I plan on taking an intensive Russian/Uzbek course from a few Uzbeks my wife knows in South Korea. From there I'll be teaching at Gyeongang National University again. We'll be back at Cedarville for the Fall Semester, and then spend January-June 2004 in Tashkent, Uzbekistan." To learn more about the Fulbright Scholar program, visit www.cies.org. To learn more about Cedarville University, visit www.cedarville.edu. -30-