Concord College Professor Spends Summer Studying
Athens, W.Va. - In a “man bites dog” twist on higher education news, a Concord College professor recently received a scholarship to study abroad.
Dr. Carmen Durrani, a 20-year veteran of the higher education work force, was one of sixteen participants selected by the US Department of Education from various colleges, universities, high schools and regional Departments of Education across the nation to receive the Fulbright-Hays Scholarship.
Durrani, who has taught both French and Spanish at a number of United States colleges and universities, has been an assistant professor of foreign languages at Concord College since 1997. Durrani said that she had been conducting research on the role of language in immigration policies and economic development needs and incentives in the US, Canada and Mexico for years.
Her work was recognized by both the Department of Education and the State University of New York this summer, and the recognition allowed her to spend her summer in Mexico and Canada—studying!
The Fulbright-Hays scholarship allowed Durrani to attend a seminar in Mexico from June 24 to July 26, 2001. The seminar concentrated on the history, culture, socio-economic, political developments and changes in the educational system of ten different regions of Mexico.
“These seminars provided me with excellent opportunities to develop educational materials for classroom use and presentations at teacher workshops and foreign language conferences in West Virginia,” Durrani explained.
Durrani’s research into language and immigration policies also took her to Quebec, Canada, this past summer, where she was one of 25 educators chosen to attend another international conference, this one sponsored by the Center for the Study of Canada at the State University of New York at Plattsburgh.
“This program in Quebec provided all of the teachers attending it the most current information about social, economic, political, and historical issues concerning the Quebec province,” Durrani said. “I’ll develop this information for use in our classes here at Concord.”
Durrani said that, like all students, she found some time for recreation between hours of studies.
“Because of the Mexico seminar’s intergovernmental sponsorship, it provided an excellent opportunity to visit the beautiful colonial cities and archaeological sites,” Durrani explained.
Concord College Notes: The Communication Arts Department produces the college’s student newspaper, radio programming and television programming. The department also produces theatrical and musical productions. It is organized similar to today’s modern corporation with the students completing projects under both student and faculty supervision. This gives students real-world experience that focuses on accountability and responsibility.
Jessica Shifflett, an intern in the marketing/public relations department, wrote this press release. Her hometown is Oak Hill, W.Va. She is majoring in Communication Arts with an emphasis in Broadcasting and Journalism. Her anticipated graduation date is August 2001.