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NKU theatre professor selected for Fulbright Specialists program


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HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – Northern Kentucky University professor Dr. Daryl Harris has been selected for the Fulbright Specialists program, a five-year appointment during which he will act as an expert consultant for other universities across the globe.

A writer, director, costume designer, and actor who has worked on nearly every continent, Harris will bring his expertise to other educational institutions, helping to teach students and assisting faculty in developing curriculum.

“Daryl brings great joy to all that he does, both in the classroom and on the stage. His impact on students is felt across our NKU community, and we are proud that he will now have the opportunity to share that joy and expertise with students across the globe,” said Dr. Katherine Frank, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Harris is an associate professor of performance art at NKU’s School of the Arts, which is part of the College of Arts and Sciences. He specializes in multicultural programming and linking theatre to other disciplines, and teaches his students that theatre is about more than acting.

“Theatre helps students gain confidence when speaking, to think broadly by finding multiple solutions to a problem, and to develop the ability to think quickly on one’s feet. These lessons can be applied to many fields,” he said.

The prestigious Fulbright Specialists Program pairs prominent U.S. faculty and professionals with academic institutions around the world in need of their expertise. Appointments to the program are peer-reviewed and approved by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FFSB). The Fulbright Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.

The program is designed to build relationships among U.S. faculty and professionals and their peers in more than 140 nations who participate in the program. That includes helping train foreign faculty, hosting seminars and lectures, organizing workshops, and helping develop curriculum.

NKU’s Dr. Linda Wermeling, associate professor of social work in NKU’s College of Education and Human Services, is also a Fulbright Specialist.

Last fall, Wermeling visited Volodymyr Hnatyuk Ternopil National Pedagogical University in Ukraine to help develop social work curriculum. In 2013, she also traveled to Moldova to help faculty and government officials develop the nation’s first Master of Social Work program at the Free International University in Chisinau.