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Professor named Fulbright Scholar for second time

Professor named Fulbright Scholar for second time

April 18
06:49 2013

Andrew Freeman / Staff Writer

A UNT professor will teach graduate students at Uganda Martyrs University in Uganda this fall after being named a Fulbright Scholar for the 2013-2014 academic year.

Marc Cutright, professor of higher education at UNT’s College of Education and director of UNT’s Center for Higher Education, will help Ugandan students earn a college education while working on campus to pay off student debt before they graduate.

According to the program’s website, more than 800 teaching grants are given to teachers in 125 different countries.

Cutright said this this isn’t the first time that he has been awarded the Fulbright Scholarship. Back in 1996, he won the award when he was a graduate student to go to Canada.

“It’s pretty neat to have one a second time,” Cutright said. “Most people who would have won would want to go again. I’m as excited now as when I was a student.”

He said he has worked in Africa since 2008, but he’ll get to stay longer than he has in the past with the grant.

“I’ve only worked a couple weeks twice a year, so it’s hard to make progress with that time,” he said. “Now with this scholarship, I can stay longer and do more effective work.”

Cutright will leave in September to begin teaching the students.

“This concept works to develop professional habits for the students,” Cutright said. “But it’s also very cost effective.”

While in Africa, Cutright will also work with the Inter-University Council for East Africa to address the lack of higher education there.

“There is a big demand for higher education and on how to deliver it with quality,” he said. “Higher education is universally recognized as an institution that will advance societies.”

A former student of Cutright’s, Director of Educational Programs at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas Lillian Niwagaba, said he is a “fine professor.”

“I happened to be the student representative on the faculty committee that recruited him when he mentioned his interest in African higher education,” said Niwagaba, who is from Uganda.

Niwagaba also said that the scholar program will benefit both Cutright and UNT.

“His continued advocacy for including Africa in the internationalization agenda has been good for UNT,” Niwagaba said. “[This award] means that UNT’s efforts in internationalization and the Program in Higher Education specifically are being recognized and rewarded nationally.”

Cutright’s interests are also noted by his colleagues.

“The fellowship reflects recognition of his passion for advancing higher education in east Africa,” Department Chair of Counseling and Higher Education Janice Holden said. “He is a very dedicated professional.”

The work college concept that Cutright will teach in Uganda has already been applied to several universities, including here in the U.S., at Berea College in Kentucky.

“I’m interested in the study and development of higher education,” Cutright said. “This model can work elsewhere.”

Eastern Africa is prime for the growth of higher education, he said. Thirty years ago, the region only had one university. It now has about 50 universities.

“We exist to expand knowledge,” Holden said. “And that means exchanging and offering knowledge with all sorts of people, including international students.”

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