Dr. Nathaniel Wallace Awarded Fulbright Scholar Grant

Friday, June 10, 2011

Dr. Nathaniel Wallace, professor in the Department of English and Modern Languages at SC State University, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to lecture and carry out research at the University of Bergen in Bergen, Norway during the 2011-2012 academic years. During the fall term, Wallace will teach Norwegian citizens an introductory American studies course and a graduate course entitled: "American Prose, Poetry, and Visual Contexts." In the spring term, Wallace will pursue a research project in cognitive aesthetics, which is a field of study combining abstract ideas about beauty with empirically-based studies of how the brain processes sensory data tied to configurations of form, color and movement.


The Fulbright Scholar Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the United States government. It is designed to increase communal understanding between the people of the U.S. and the citizens of other countries.  Since its establishment in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late U.S. Senator J. William Fulbright, the Fulbright Scholar Program has given approximately 300,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists and scientists the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas, and contribute to finding solutions for international concerns.  Recipients of Fulbright Scholar Program grants are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their respective fields. The Fulbright Scholar Program operates in over 155 countries worldwide.


As a recipient of a Fulbright grant, Wallace is grateful for the opportunities that SC State has provided for professional development. "I now have a chance to serve as an educational and cultural ambassador for SC State University in Norway," said Wallace. "The University of Bergen is an excellent institution for instruction and research. I believe that my success is indicative of the strength of our faculty and programs at SC State University."


Wallace received a bachelor’s degree from the College of Charleston, located in Charleston, S.C., and later took graduate courses at Harvard University, located in Cambridge, Mass. Wallace also completed a Master of Arts in comparative literature at Rutgers University, located in New Brunswick, N.J.  He completed his doctoral degree at Rutgers with a concentration in comparative literature. Wallace has been a member of the SC State University campus community since 1991 and teaches a range of courses such as composition, world literature, Milton and the Romantic Movement.


Wallace has previously received research funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (U.S.) and from the Camargo Foundation in Cassis, France. A photographer by avocation, he frequently exhibits in South Carolina and has a preference for architectural and rural settings. He was also a founding member and the first secretary of the Society of American Mosaic Artists (www.americanmosaics.org).  A resident of Orangeburg, he is married to visual artist Janet Kozachek.


Wallace is one of approximately 1,100 U.S. faculty and professionals who will travel abroad through the Fulbright Scholar Program in 2011-2012. Wallace looks forward to the international experience that he will gain. "Norway is an outstanding place in which to live and work.  I am also pleased with the opportunity to view and interpret the Norwegian landscape photographically," says Wallace. "Yet my grant is ultimately about making American literature and visual art comprehensible and worthwhile to Norwegian audiences."


"We are all proud of Dr. Wallace’s achievement; it contributes positively to the University’s stature and visibility," says Dr. Learie Luke, interim director of the Office of International and National Student Exchange Programs.


For further information about the Fulbright Scholar Program, contact Dr. Nathaniel Wallace at (803) 536-7016 or visit the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs’ website at fulbright.state.gov.