Auburn University English instructor receives Fulbright U.S. Scholar award

Published: April 18, 2018
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Matthew Teutsch, instructor in Auburn University’s Department of English in the College of Liberal Arts, received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program award to Norway, where he will lecture at the University of Bergen in Norway as part of a project that will explore how African American authors imagine and represent the South to both America and the world.

“Dr. Teutsch has received a wonderful opportunity to educate and engage citizens in Norway. We are extremely proud of his accomplishments,” said Joseph Aistrup, dean of the College of Liberal Arts.

Teutsch’s research focuses on African American, Southern, and Nineteenth-Century American literature.

“I am excited to experience the Norwegian culture firsthand, to learn more about global migration and cultural interaction at the University of Bergen’s International Migration and Ethnic Relations Center, and to share my research with students and fellow scholars in Norway,” said Teutsch.

Teutsch is one of more than 800 U.S. citizens who will teach, conduct research, and/or provide expertise abroad for the 2018-2019 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program. Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement as well as record of service and demonstrated leadership in their respective fields.

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to build lasting connections between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The Fulbright Program is funded through an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations and foundations around the world also provide direct and indirect support to the Program, which operates in over 160 countries worldwide.

Since its establishment in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late U.S. Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright Program has given more than 370,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists and scientists the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.

Fulbright scholars address critical global priorities in all disciplines, while building relationships, knowledge, and leadership in support of the long-term interests of the United States. Fulbright alumni have achieved distinction in many fields, including 57 who have been awarded the Nobel Prize, 82 who have received Pulitzer Prizes, and 37 who have served as a head of state or government.

The College of Liberal Arts is the intellectual heart of the university and one of the largest colleges on Auburn's campus. The College continues its long tradition of quality education, instruction, and outreach in a number of outstanding departments. The College of Liberal Arts is composed of the School of Communication and Journalism, the University College, and twelve departments which are divided into four academic areas: fine arts, humanities, communications, and social sciences. Our graduates hold a strong record of industry employment and/or acceptance into graduate schools and training programs, both here and abroad.