Montclair State Named Top Producer of U.S. Fulbright Scholars

Montclair State University has been named a Top Producer of U.S. Fulbright Scholars by the U.S. Department of State-sponsored Fulbright Program in recognition of the three members of the University’s faculty who received teaching and research scholarships for the 2011-2012 academic year. The designation is for the Master’s Institutions category.

As a Top Producer, Montclair State is highlighted in the October 24 digital edition of The Chronicle of Higher Education and appears under Master’s Institutions on the list of Top Producers.

The three professors who were named Fulbright Scholars are Nadeem Firoz, professor, Marketing; Raul A. Galoppe, associate professor, Spanish and Italian; and Peter Siegel, associate professor, Anthropology. Selected for their noteworthy academic and professional achievements, the three professors will be among the 850 Fulbright Scholars who will travel abroad to teach and conduct research during the 2012 Spring Semester.

Professor Firoz, whose research focuses on the conversion of service marketing (intangibility) to tangibility, has been selected for a second time as a Fulbright Scholar, and will spend six months at COMSAT University in Islamabad to teach and conduct research on Islamic interest-free financing. He will leave in December of 2011 and plans to return from Islamabad in May of 2012.

Professor Galoppe, who is the coordinator for the University’s GLBTQ Studies program, will teach at the National University of Litoral, in Santa Fe, Argentina, and work on the development of research, and on designing projects and programs for LGBT students, an area that currently does not receive much attention in Argentina. He will also continue working on a topic he began researching on an earlier visit to Argentina: Queer Transpositions in Literature, Theater and Film. Galoppe will leave for Argentina in March and return in June 2012.

Professor Siegel is the recipient of two previous grants from the National Science Foundation and National Geographic Society that allowed him to examine human-land relations in the pre-Columbian Caribbean. As a Fulbright Scholar, he will share his existing research and further develop his knowledge by completing his proposed project entitled, “Perspectives on Complex Society; Evolution of Religion and Political Organization in the Pre-Columbian Caribbean,” at the at the University of Ledin in the Netherlands. Siegel will also team-teach two graduate seminars there beginning in February and return to the United States in May 2012.

America’s flagship international educational exchange program, the Fulbright Program selects its recipients on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. There are currently 28 active faculty members at Montclair State who have held teaching appointments or who have pursued academic projects abroad as Fulbright Scholars.

Montclair State is also hosting 17 Fulbright scholarship graduate students from overseas who are studying on campus during the 2011/12 academic year, the University’s largest contingent of Fulbright Scholars ever.