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NMSU Fulbright recipient to teach in China

A New Mexico State University faculty member will strengthen the university's international ties as she travels to China as a Fulbright Scholar.

Fulbright recipient Dana Christman, the interim associate dean of the College of Education during the spring 2009 semester and assistant professor of educational management and development, will teach courses at Nanjing University in China for the 2009-10 academic school year. (NMSU photo by Margaret Kovar)

Dana Christman, the interim associate dean of the College of Education during the spring 2009 semester and associate professor of educational management and development, was chosen as a Fulbright Scholar for her leadership and academic merit.

From August through May 2010, Christman will teach higher education administrative courses to graduate students at Nanjing Normal University. The university is located in Nanjing, China, and strives for excellence in comprehensive educational and scientific research.

"This is something I've always wanted to do. I've enjoyed working with international students, and my master's work was international in scope. I would like to gain a better understanding of the higher education system in China and hope to meet and collaborate with other professors," Christman said.

Christman will teach at least two courses each semester. The courses will cover material such as administartion policy and higher education structure. She also may speak at other universities in China.

"NMSU and the College of Education have strong ties to universities in Beijing, and we thought it would be good to try to establish new relations in a different part of the country," Christman said.

Christman has been a member of the faculty at NMSU since 2002 and teaches courses on various topics, including educational leadership, change and qualitative research.

The Fulbright program was created by the U.S. government in 1946 to aid international educational exchange. Fulbright grants are given for a variety of educational activities, including advanced research, graduate study and university lecturing.

The main funding for the program is received from the U.S. Congress, while participating governments and host universities contribute indirectly.