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Three NMSU faculty members receive Fulbright grant

Three New Mexico State University faculty members are 1999-2000 Fulbright Senior Scholar Grant recipients. They are Joseph Benson, a professor in NMSU's management department, Wendell Oderkirk, an associate professor of nursing, and Charles Townley, a library professor and former dean of the NMSU Library.


The Fulbright program, funded by the U.S. Department of State, pays for recipients to lecture and research in one of over 130 countries. Awards range from two months to a full academic year.

Benson is teaching at Sogang University in Korea until July. His teaching will focus on demographic differences in work attitudes and cultural differences in self-esteem and productivity. Benson earned his doctorate at Oklahoma State University in 1985.

Oderkirk taught in Guanajuato, Mexico, from September through December 1999. At the University of Guanajuato, he taught and researched Dorothea Orem's self-care nursing theory in community health. Oderkirk earned his doctorate at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1987.

Townley recently returned from Beijing. From September 1999 through February 2000, he taught education administration at Beijing Normal University. Townley earned his doctorate at the University of Michigan in 1983.

The Fulbright program is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and those in other countries. The program, which was established in 1946, is recognized as the flagship program for international educational exchanges.

For more information, contact Paul Huntsburger at (505) 646-4736 or via e-mail at phuntsbe@nmsu.edu.

Maria C. Lucero
March 20, 2000