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Professor awarded Fulbright, will teach in Ukraine

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College Professor of Communication Arts John McCabe-Juhnke has been awarded a Fulbright fellowship for the 2014-15 school year.

McCabe-Juhnke was scheduled for a sabbatical during that period. The grant will enable him to take a full year, during which time he will teach at a university in Ukraine.

Although the exact location is still in process, McCabe-Juhnke chose Ukraine when applying to the Fulbright Scholars program for two reasons, he said.

“One is because it looked like there were more [teaching] positions available. Two is because my ancestors migrated from Ukraine in the 1870s.

“So Ukraine has a family heritage interest for me.”

McCabe-Juhnke’s application to the Fulbright foundation proposed an affiliation with an American studies program in a Ukrainian university, in which he would teach U.S. culture through performance.

“The idea is to get my students to perform a variety of materials – exploring character and investing in the process of trying to empathize with dramatic speakers,” he said. “[The result is] they have a more intimate encounter with U.S. culture.”

He will have a joint appointment with the Departments of Communication and Psychology at Lesya Ukrainka East European National University in Lutsk.

This will be McCabe-Juhnke’s fourth sabbatical since he joined the Bethel faculty in 1986.

“I knew that at this stage in my career, I was very interested in a cross-cultural experience,” he said. “The Fulbright Scholars program is well known for funding proposals to teach and research overseas, so that started me thinking about applying.”

Bethel College is the only private, liberal arts college in Kansas listed in the 2013-14 Forbes.com analysis of top colleges and universities in the United States, and is the highest-ranked Kansas college in the Washington Monthly annual college guide for 2013-14. The four-year liberal arts college is affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. For more information, see www.bethelks.edu

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