Language Prof Chosen for Fulbright Program in Africa
April 06, 2016
Dr. Karen Cody, a professor of French and Spanish in Angelo State University’s Department of English and Modern Languages, has been selected for the Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad Program to conduct research in the West African nation of Senegal this summer.
Cody will receive a grant to fund her travel and lodging expenses as she spends five weeks in Senegal, a former colony of France. The seminar will be based at the West African Research Center in Dakar, where Cody and the other participants will develop an understanding of the diversity that exists in West Africa, why it sometimes inspires conflict and how it can be a social resource.
“Our mission is to create curriculum to be shared with the State Department and the Department of Education,” Cody said. “When we come back, we are required to turn in projects that can be used for a variety of levels in a variety of disciplines.”
The Fulbright-Hays program is open to educators and administrators with responsibilities for curriculum development in fields related to humanities, languages and area studies. Cody’s research interests include sociolinguistics, how language and society intersect and issues of ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic class, politics and education. The official language of Senegal is French but most of the population speaks Wolof or another regional language.
A former high school foreign language teacher for nine years, Cody also researches issues with second language learning and teaching. One of her roles at ASU is to prepare students who are seeking to be high school Spanish teachers for certification.
An ASU faculty member since 2001, Cody earned a master’s degree and doctorate at the University of Texas at Austin and a bachelor’s degree at Texas Christian University.
The Fulbright Program, including the Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad Program, is a program of competitive, merit-based grants for international educational exchange for students, scholars, teachers, professionals, scientists and artists. It was founded by U.S. Sen. J. William Fulbright in 1946.