Shenango professor heads to Singapore as a Fulbright scholar grantee

November 11, 2009

Philip Nash, associate professor of history at Penn State Shenango, has been selected as a Fulbright scholar grantee to Singapore by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

During his six months in Singapore (spring semester 2010), Nash will teach US History at the National University of Singapore. In addition to teaching, Nash will conduct research on the pedagogy of Singapore in World War II. “Singapore has fascinated me for almost two decades, ever since I began dating and then married a Singaporean,” stated Nash. “I can think of no better way in which to become more thoroughly acquainted with Singapore than to spend an extended period sharing my great love of history with some of its college students, while also conducting historical research there.”

Each year, the Fulbright United States Scholar Program sends 1,100 faculty members overseas to teach and/or do research in the more than 150 countries that currently participate in the Fulbright Program. Since its inception more than 60 years ago, the program has sponsored approximately 300,000 Fulbrighters. These distinguished participants have become heads of state, judges, ambassadors, CEOs, and university presidents—with 39 of them awarded Nobel Prizes.

Growing up in Los Angeles, Nash graduated cum laude in 1985 from Occidental College, where he received his bachelor’s degree in Diplomacy and World Affairs. In 1988, he earned a master’s degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University in Boston and, in 1994, received his doctorate in history from Ohio University. Over the last 10 years, Nash has twice received the campus’ Leonard Riforgiato Teaching Award and, in 2008, received a Penn State Alumni Association Award for Excellence in Teaching—joining a group of only 30 Penn State University faculty members to have ever received this prestigious award.

“We are very proud of Dr. Nash’s accomplishments since his hire in 1999,” stated Ira Saltz, director of academic affairs at Penn State Shenango. “This latest award, being selected as a Fulbright Scholar, truly exemplifies Dr. Nash’s excellence in teaching and leadership skills and his unquestionable commitment to higher education and his students.”


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