Dartmouth’s Melissa Herman has been awarded a prestigious Fulbright teaching fellowship. She will teach academic writing at Alecu Russo Balti State University in the Republic of Moldova during the winter of 2017.
While Moldovans largely speak Romanian and Russian, the graduate students and teachers professor Herman will work with speak English and will benefit from her expertise in the writing and publishing of various academic genres. Herman states that her work will largely consist of helping her Moldovan colleagues with academic papers, grant proposals, and conference presentations. In particular, Herman will help her students understand the different conventions for publishing academic discourse in English.
Professor Herman explains that “One of the main goals of the Fulbright Commission is to increase awareness and understanding between the US and other countries” by sending “ambassadors of goodwill” out into the world. “Before I applied to the Fulbright program,” she relates, “I thought it was just going to be a great adventure and a possible feather in my cap. However, I was delighted to learn during my orientation about the importance of promoting international understanding and sharing many of the resources we are so lucky to have in the USA. My intention is to learn as much as I can from my hosts and share what I know—hopefully we will be mutually enriched by the experience.”