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Faculty members earn prestigious Fulbright awards

Fulbright recipientsThree faculty members - Marc Cutright, Lisa N. Owen and Tomas Mantecon - have earned awards and recognition from Fulbright, the Institute of International Education.

Marc%20Cutright.jpgCutright, left, associate professor of higher education for the College of Education and director of the Center for Higher Education, has been named a Fulbright Scholar to Uganda in the 2013-2014 academic year.

Cutright’s primary appointment will be with Uganda Martyrs University. At Uganda Martyrs University, he will teach graduate students and further develop a “work college” concept, in which students earn a college education while working on campus to pay off debt before graduating.

In addition, Cutright will work with the Inter-University Council for East Africa on a project aimed at addressing the Ph.D. shortage in sub-Saharan Africa.

He also will work with the Uganda Management Institute, which operates graduate programs in higher education management, and the National Council for Higher Education, an accrediting agency for higher education in Uganda.

Cutright earned a bachelor of arts degree in American studies from Lindenwood College, a master of education degree in secondary social sciences education from North Georgia College and State University and a doctor of education degree in leadership studies from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He also received a Fulbright scholarship to Canada in 1996-1997, while earning a doctoral degree.

Lisa%20Owen.jpgOwen, right, professor of art history, has received a Fulbright-Nehru Research Award, a highly competitive grant open to all disciplines in the study of India. Owens will conduct fieldwork on medieval rock-cut temples in India.

“I am thrilled that this project has received funding from Fulbright,” Owen said. “India's rock-cut monuments are important sources for reconstructing ancient and medieval worship practices for Hindus, Jains and Buddhists.

"My work examines monuments across these three religious traditions in order to better understand how these communities shaped their devotional worlds.”

Owen will use her award to conduct research for her second book, Rocks, Caves and Divinity: Creating Places of Worship in Medieval Southern India. The book examines medieval temples carved into natural rock, which are typically excluded from larger studies of India’s temple architecture.

She plans to examine and photo document India's understudied "rock-reliefs," which are natural rock formations carved with images of deities across their expansive surfaces.  

Owen’s first book, Carving Devotion in the Jain Caves at Ellora, is a detailed study of medieval Jain art and devotional practice at the rock-cut site of Ellora in Maharashtra, India. She is on the Board of Directors for the American Council for Southern Asian Art, and is co-chair of the Jain Studies Consultation Group.

Tomas ManteconTomas Mantecon, left, associate professor of finance in the College of Business, has been chosen to participate in the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program for the 2013-14 academic year.

Mantecon will teach at Johannes Kepler University in Linz, Austria, from March 1 through June 30, 2014, as a visiting professor of finance. He also plans to research the banking crisis in Austria and around the world.

Mantecon earned a doctoral degree from Louisiana State University. His research areas include corporate finance with an emphasis on corporate control, initial public offerings and joint ventures.

He earned the Outstanding Faculty Award for Research in the Department of Finance, Insurance, Real Estate and Law from 2010 to 2013, Outstanding Junior Faculty Research Award from the College of Business in 2010, PDI Business Fellowship in 2010 and UNT Faculty Research Grant in 2009.

The Fulbright Scholar Program sends 800 U.S. faculty and professionals across the world each year to lecture and conduct research.

(Above, Lisa Owen and Marc Cutright. Photo by Michael Clements/URCM.)

Posted on: Wed 29 May 2013

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