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.”