TWU Professor Selected As Fulbright Specialist For Saudi Gifted Program
TWU Professor Selected As Fulbright Specialist For Saudi
DENTON Dr. Hugh Burns, chair of the Department of
English, Speech and Foreign Languages at Texas Woman's
University, will spend six weeks in Saudi Arabia as a Fulbright
Senior Specialist beginning in May.
Dr. Burns will help develop educational programs for the
gifted while at the King Abdulaziz and Companions Foundation for
the Gifted in Riyahd, Saudi Arabia. His duties will include
helping lead seminars and workshops; conducting needs
assessments, surveys and programmatic research; and helping
develop academic curricula and educational materials. He is
scheduled to arrive in Riyahd during the first week of May.
Saudi Arabia is addressing the question of how to best educate
the gifted, according to a Fulbright program overview. The
kingdom wants to diversify economically, reducing dependence on
oil production, and plans are to do so in part through
development of intellectual capital.
The J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, the Bureau
of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Department of State and
the Council for International Exchange of Scholars are supporting
the kingdom's initiative in education reform by providing
Fulbright senior specialists, such as Dr. Burns, to assist in
development of the gifted program.
Dr. Burns has been professor and chair of the Department of
English, Speech and Foreign Languages at TWU since 1998. He also
has taught at Smith College in Northhampton, Mass., at the
University of Texas at Austin, the United States Air Force
Academy in Colorado Spring, Colo.; and for the University of
Maryland's Far East Division in Okinawa, Japan. He will return to
his duties at TWU following the Fulbright assignment.
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