Fulbright Committee Selects NDSU Faculty
Dr. Karen Pierce selected for review committee
Published: Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, September 25, 2013 18:09
Associate Director of NDSU Center for Writers, Dr. Karen Peirce has been selected to serve on the Fulbright Literature Discipline Review Committee. This is a three-year commitment and the Council for International Exchange of Scholars selected her in April. Dr. Peirce will be serving for two and a half more years on this committee.
Peirce got her Ph.D. in Rhetoric, Composition and the Teaching of English from the University of Arizona in 2006. This is her second time working with the Fulbright program. Her last stint was in 1993 when she taught English in Korea.
Hailing from Bristol, R.I., Peirce has been with NDSU’s Center for Writers since January 2010. Her discipline is rhetoric, a specialty in the fields of both English and communication.
Peirce’s research focuses on rhetorical ethos, or the strategies people use to portray themselves to others through language. She describes her work with Fulbright as “reviewing applications that propose research and/or teaching activities in all areas of the field of English, including rhetoric, composition, literature and creative writing.”
“My role as a member of the English Language and Literature Discipline Review Committee is to determine which applications for the Fulbright Scholar Program in fields related to English should be recommended based on their scholarly merit,” Peirce added.
When asked how her friends and family have reacted to this news, she says, “I haven’t told too many people about it, really. I suppose some of them will learn about it from this article!”
According to the CIES website, the Fulbright Program is the U.S. Government’s flagship program in international educational exchange. It was proposed to the U.S. Congress in 1945 by then freshman Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas.
It aims at promoting “mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries of the world.” President Harry Truman finally approved this program in 1946.