August 20, 2021 – Santa Fe College has been selected to host a Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence from Egypt during the 2021-2022 academic year. Dr. Mona Ahmed Ashour, a professor of English and English Literature at Ain Shams University in Cairo, was selected by the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board in early 2019 but had to postpone her visit to Florida due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. She will be at Santa Fe College through May 16, 2022. Dr. Ashour is the sixth Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence that Santa Fe College has hosted. Previous scholars have represented Brazil, China, Indonesia (twice) and Ukraine.
The Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence Program brings visiting scholars from abroad to U.S. colleges and universities, helping the institutions internationalize their campuses and curricula and diversify the educational experiences of their students, faculty, staff, and surrounding community. Dr. Ashour is one of forty-two Fulbright Scholars-in-Residence, and among more than 1,300 outstanding foreign faculty and professionals who will teach and/or research in the United States for the 2021-2022 academic year through the worldwide Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program.
Dr. Ashour will be co-teaching two courses during the fall 2021: African Humanities with Dr. Sarah Cervone and World Religions with Dr. Jason McCombs. She will also be available to provide guest lectures to other classes, community groups, and neighboring colleges. Dr. Ashour looks forward to meeting with student groups also to expand their knowledge of Egypt and Egyptian culture and learn about American life and culture.
The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international academic exchange program. It is funded through the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The program was founded in 1946 in the immediate aftermath of World War II thanks to the leadership of United States Senator J. William Fulbright. The program is designed in increase mutual understanding and respect between the people of the United States and the people of other countries, thus creating a more peaceful world. If you would like to meet Dr. Mona Ahmed Ashour and invite her to a class or community event, please email Dr. Vilma Elisa Fuentes, Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs, at firstname.lastname@example.org.