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TWU Professor Selected As Fulbright Specialist For Saudi Gifted Program

TWU Professor Selected As Fulbright Specialist For Saudi Gifted Program

4/9/02


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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