fulbright Taiwan online journal

fulbright Taiwan online journal

Author: Andrew McMichael

Andrew McMichael
Andrew McMichael is a Professor of History and the dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences at Auburn University at Montgomery. He is an historian of Revolutionary-era America and the Atlantic World, with a focus on the history of British colonial North America and its connections with Latin America and the Caribbean. He is currently researching the history of food and drink in the Americas, and around the world, particularly focusing on the history of alcohol consumption and commerce.

Reflections on the Fulbright International Education Administrators Grant to Taiwan

My journey to the Fulbright IEA began in a meeting with some of the people in my International Office. A the time I was at Western Kentucky University (WKU), as the Associate Dean of my college. I dealt with all things having to do with off-campus travel, and in this meeting we discussed some international opportunities for faculty and students. One of the administrators present asked if I planned to apply for a Fulbright IEA. In all honesty I had not heard of the IEA program before that but in browsing, I could see that  some of the countries seemed to align with what we were doing here at WKU. Moreover, some of the timetables for applications and visits seemed to work out. Because it was the closest deadline, I initially applied for an IEA in Germany, but was not accepted. Taiwan was my original first choice, so I re-wrote my application, applied, and was accepted.  In fact, the notification of acceptance came while I was in Cuba working to establish connections with a couple of universities there. Cuba’s internet WiFi infrastructure is not reliable, so I was in a park holding my phone at an angle trying to connect

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