Professors Awarded Fulbrights

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Phillip G. LeBel (left) and Robert W. Taylor

Professors Phillip G. LeBel and Robert W. Taylor each received Fulbright awards to research and teach abroad in 2009. The Montclair State professors are among the approximately 1,100 U.S. faculty and professionals who are traveling abroad through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program during the 2008-2009 academic year.

LeBel, professor of economics in the Department of Economics and Finance, was awarded a Fulbright Teaching and Research Fellowship to work at Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia. He will teach at the University and undertake research on the topics “Integrating Technology into Economics Learning” and “Risk Management Choices for Sustainable Economic Development.”

No stranger to Africa, LeBel’s association with Ethiopia began in the 1960s when he was a Peace Corps volunteer teaching history to secondary school students in a rural village. He has since returned twice, once in 1982 as part of a State Department speaking tour, and again in 1990.

Taylor, professor of earth and environmental studies was awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to work at the De La Salle University in Manila, Philippines, where he will teach and research the topic “Sustainability, Urban Redevelopment, and Environment: The City of Manila, Philippines.”

“I will be interviewing various stakeholder groups to access their current sustainability practices,” explains Taylor. “I hope to show from the research how sustainability constitutes both good business practices and good civic policy, and leads to healthy communities.”