PGCC associate professor receives Fulbright Award

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Jeanette Gerrity Gomez, an associate professor in the Language Studies Department at Prince George’s Community College, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to teach at the Universidad Catolica de El Salvador located in Santa Ana, El Salvador for a semester beginning in January 2014. Gerrity Gomez, a Prince George's County native, attended Queen Anne High School in Upper Marlboro, Md. She graduated from Loyola University Maryland with a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and completed her Master of Arts in TESOL at Notre Dame of Maryland University. Gerrity Gomez joined the PGCC faculty full time in 2005 and has recently been awarded tenure.

“We, in the Liberal Arts Division, are so pleased that Professor Jeanette Gerrity Gomez has been awarded a Fulbright to teach in El Salvador this coming fall,” said Carolyn F. Hoffman, dean of liberal arts. “We know that this will be an exciting and fulfilling experience for her, and it will no doubt provide her with teaching strategies that she can use to benefit our students upon her return,” she added.

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The primary source of its funding is an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. 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. Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields.

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