April 7, 2017

Guilford College Faculty Members Receive National Recognition

Diya Abdo, Chair and Associate Professor of English, and Maria Bobroff, Liaison for the Early College at Guilford and Associate Professor of Foreign Languages, have been selected as National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Scholars from a national applicant pool to attend one of 24 seminars and institutes.

"Our scholarly and teaching partnership has been one of the most productive and meaningful experiences we have had at Guilford. We have co-published, co-taught and co-presented on Francophone and North African women writers,” Diya and Maria say. “We are very excited about sharing this immersive experience and developing some wonderful co-teaching units for our fall 2017 courses. And we are deeply honored that the committee recognized the value of our partnership — we applied as a team — and selected us from a large pool of applicants thus committing two spots to our singular application. It speaks volumes to the value of the liberal arts, interdisciplinary teaching and collaboration.”

They will participate in the seminar Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia: The Voices of Women in Literature, Cinema and Other Arts since Independence. The program will be held June 26 through July 14 at Oregon State University. It is being co-directed by Drs. Joseph Krause and Nabil Boudraa, and the sessions will be led by prominent scholars in the field of North African gender studies, such as Drs. Fatima Sadiqi and Moha Ennaji.

"Many Guilford faculty are engaged in exciting collaborative work. The intellectual partnership that Diya and Maria have formed has already resulted in great learning opportunities for their students and for themselves as scholars,” says Beth Rushing, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Academic Dean. “Their joint participation in this NEH Summer Institute will be beneficial for them as professors and for their students in the future."

The professors will each receive a stipend of $2,700 to cover their travel, study and living expenses.

The roughly 537 NEH Summer Scholars who participate in the programs will teach more than 93,975 American students the following year.

The NEH is a federal agency that offers enrichment opportunities at colleges, universities and cultural institutions so that faculty can work in collaboration and study with experts in humanities disciplines.