Bethany College Welcomes Fulbright Scholar in Arabic Language, Culture

BETHANY, W.Va. — Bethany College will host a Fulbright Scholar in Arabic in the 2012-13 academic year, according to Dr. Scott D. Miller, President of the College.

Basma Baazaoui of Tunisia will instruct courses in Arabic, in addition to those that will address topics in modern Arabic culture and society. Bethany also hosted a Fulbright Scholar in Arabic last year. 

“Bethany is continually striving to further its focus on preparing the student body to enter the global marketplace, and Ms. Baazaoui is the ideal candidate to do just that,” Dr. Miller said.

The Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and is administered by the Institute of International Education. It allows educators from around the world to enhance their teaching abilities, further their understanding of American customs, and serve as representatives of their home cultures by working with students in the U.S. and completing coursework at the host institution.

“We welcome this extraordinary opportunity for our students to study Arabic language and culture and share in the cultural exchange as part of the Fulbright program,” said Dr. Darin E. Fields, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty. “We expect Ms. Baazaoui’s time on campus to be an enriching one for her and for our students.”

Baazaoui earned her Bachelor of Arts in English literature in 2009 from the University of Manouba in Tunisia. She completed her post-graduate education in English literature from the University of Manouba as well.

Baazaoui maintains a commitment to furthering her language teaching in the United States by engaging student interest in the rich cultural traditions of Tunisia, specifically the impact on culture, society and the individual caused by the Tunisian Revolution. Her academic interests include American literature, philosophy and literary theory.

Bethany College is a small college of national distinction located on a picturesque and historic 1,300-acre campus in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. Founded in 1840, Bethany is the state’s oldest private college.