Tuesday, August 6, 2013
Northwest College Dean of Student Learning and Academic Support, Matthew P. Ewers has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to conduct research in the United Kingdom during the month of August.
The grant announcement was made recently by the United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.
“The research focuses on the impact of undergraduate transitional courses on the integration of students’ pre-college socio-psychological traits with institutional academic systems,” Ewers said. “I’m very honored to represent Northwest College as a Fulbright award recipient.”
The research is based at the University of East Anglia and University of Edinburgh and is part of a larger comparative analysis of degree completion initiatives in public US/UK higher education institutions.
Ewers, who joined NWC’s staff in 2011, will also work with UK faculty and administrators to establish institutional partnerships and articulation agreements for Northwest faculty and staff exchanges as well as international student transfer opportunities.
Ewers graduated from Sullivan South High School in Kingsport, TN in 1998. Ewers earned a B.A. from Boyce College and a B.B.A from Northwood University, M.A. degrees from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Indiana Wesleyan University, as well as a M.Th. from Campbellsville University. Ewers earned the Doctor of Education degree from University of the Cumberlands.
Ewers is the son of Theodore H. “Herbie” Ewers, Jr. and Deborah W. “Debbie” Ewers of Shreveport, LA, and the grandson of Theodore H. Ewers, Sr. and Martha L. Ewers of Kingsport, TN, and William G. “Bill” White of Summerville, SC, and Judy S. White of Summerville, SC.
Ewers is one of approximately 1,100 U.S. faculty and professionals who will travel abroad through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program next year. Recipients are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields.
Sponsored by the U.S. government, the Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program. It’s designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The program operates in more than 155 countries worldwide.
The primary source of funding for the Fulbright Program is an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations and foundations in foreign countries and in the United States also provide direct and indirect support.
Since its establishment in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late U.S. Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright Program has given approximately 310,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists, and scientists the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.