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Concordia University Chicago Faculty Member Named Fulbright Scholar


Michelle MorkertDr. Michelle Morkert, associate professor and coordinator of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program at Concordia University Chicago (CUC), was recently awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant from the United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. She will join approximately 1,100 other faculty and professionals who will travel abroad in 2014-15 as she journeys to Croatia.

Morkert is one of approximately 1,100 U.S. faculty and professionals who were selected to participate in the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program in 2014-2015. The program is administered by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars, a division of the Institute of International Education.

“Dr. Morkert’s award is a testament to the strength of an outstanding Concordia-Chicago faculty,” said Dr. Marilyn Reineck, Senior Vice President for Academics at CUC. “This is not only an excellent opportunity for Dr. Morkert and her students, but it also serves to strengthen the University’s growing global outreach initiatives.”

From September 2014 through January 2015, Morkert will teach two interdisciplinary courses at the University of Zader in Croatia as part of their American studies program. Topics to be covered in her courses include gender studies in America, pop culture and gender theory. Morkert also plans to involve her students at Concordia-Chicago via teleconference and a blog detailing her day-to-day experience and Croatian culture. Upon her return she will host lectures about her experience for the university community.

“It is an honor to be selected as a Fulbright scholar, and to represent the University in an international capacity,” said Morkert. “I am looking forward to participating the discussion of gender, which is a relatively new field of study in Croatia. My research in this field will guide an innovative and interdisciplinary look at the topic through the study of history, politics, mass media and philosophy.”

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international education program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Since its establishment in 1946, the program has given over 318,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists, scientists and other professionals the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.