Posted by William Nunnelley on 2010-04-02

Samford University associate dean of arts and sciences and professor of English Rosemary Mims Fisk has received an appointment as a Fulbright Scholar to Hong Kong for 2011.  Dr. Fisk will serve on a team of five Fulbright Scholars helping Hong Kong’s five public universities move from a three-year to a four-year curriculum.

Working with the Hong Kong American Center, Fisk will be assigned to one of the five universities.  She will teach a course in her field of American literature, study the general education program at her host university and work with the Fulbright team on the curricular reform design, called the 3-3-4 Curricular Reform in Hong Kong project.

The reform is designed to bring Hong Kong public universities into line with their international counterparts so that their students can compete in the liberal arts as they already do in science and technical fields.  The program began in 2008 and will conclude in 2012.

Fisk will serve on the assignment from January until May 2011.  She previously conducted study abroad trips for Samford students to southeast Asia, the most recent being to Burma/Myanmar in 2007.  She also organized a conference at Oxford University, United Kingdom, of international scholars from the Hawthorne, Emerson and Poe literary societies in 2006.  She will become president of the Nathaniel Hawthorne Society this year.

Fisk joined the Samford English department faculty in 1984 and was named associate dean of Samford’s Howard College of Arts and Sciences in 2001.  She holds an A.B. degree from Samford, an M.A. from Duke University and Ph.D. from Rice University.

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