Jones receives Fulbright award

Jacqueline C. Jones (Source: FMU)
Jacqueline C. Jones (Source: FMU)

Florence, SC - From Francis Marion University

FLORENCE, SC - Jacqueline C. Jones, associate professor of English at FMU, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to teach American Literature in Cameroon during the 2010-2011 academic year.

Founded by Arkansas Senator J. William Fulbright in 1946, the Fulbright Program serves as an international exchange program for scholars. Jones is one of approximately 1,100 U.S. faculty and professionals who will travel abroad through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program this year.

"I am thrilled to receive this honor," said Jones. "While my son Oliver will miss his school and friends, he is very excited about our travel plans. We are looking forward to being able to speak French fluently and to living a simpler lifestyle."

A native of Dillon, Jones came to FMU in 2003 after teaching at Washington College for four years. She was hired as an assistant professor of English and promoted to associate professor in 2009. Jones also taught at Santa Clara University for three years.

Jones earned the A.B. Degree in African American studies from Smith College and the Ph.D. degree in English from the Graduate School of the City University of New York. She also did M.A. coursework in English at Atlanta University. She has taught many courses to include African American Literature, the Literature of the Harlem Renaissance and composition and rhetoric.

"We are proud of Dr. Jones' accomplishments. She is a fine teacher and an accomplished scholar," said Chris Johnson, chair of the FMU English Department. "Selection as a Fulbright Scholar is a great honor, and the experience is sure to enrich both her work with students in the host country and at this university."

The Fulbright Program, America's flagship international educational exchange program, is sponsored by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Since its inception, the Fulbright Program has provided approximately 294,000 people - 108,160 Americans who have studied, taught or researched abroad and 178,340 students, scholars and teachers from other countries who have engaged in similar activities in the United States - with the opportunity to observe each others' political, economic, educational and cultural institutions, to exchange ideas and to embark on joint ventures of importance to the general welfare of the world's inhabitants. The program operates in more than 155 countries worldwide.

Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields.

Fulbright recipients are among more than 40,000 individuals participating in U.S. Department of State exchange programs each year. For more than 60 years, the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs has supported programs that seek to promote mutual understanding and respect between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program is administered by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars.

Founded in 1970, Francis Marion University (FMU) is one of South Carolina's 13 state-supported universities. Named after revolutionary war hero, General Francis Marion, the university now has a total enrollment of almost 4,000 students all eager to take on programs that will equip them with skills and competencies that will insure their future success in life.