Dr. John Dolis, professor of English and American Studies and coordinator of International Programs at Penn State Worthington Scranton, was one of eight University faculty members to receive 2015-16 Fulbright grants, and in fact, received the highest Fulbright awarded - a Distinguished Chair.
These awards give recipients opportunities to teach, do research, and immerse themselves in other cultures. Penn State is consistently among the nation's top Fulbright producers in a program that is highly competitive and rigorously reviewed.
"There are, I believe, only about a dozen of these, and, only two, if my memory is correct, in American Studies/American Literature," Dolis explained. "I was awarded the Fulbright Danish Distinguished Chair of American Studies at the University of Southern Denmark--the only university in Denmark with a graduate program in American Studies."
Dolis's award includes both teaching and research. He will teach two courses each semester, while working on his own research, which includes writing a book dealing with "transnational" issues in twentieth-century American literature, a continuation of the scholarly work he undertook in his most recent book, published last year --Transnational Na(rra)tion: Home and Homeland in Nineteenth-Century American Literature.
He has also been invited to give a series of lectures in April at the University of Barcelona, Spain, and in May at the University of Munich, Germany.
This is not Dolis's first Fulbright award. He has also received previous Fulbright Professorships to the University of Turin, Italy, and the University of Bucharest, Romania.
In addition, he has been awarded a visiting professorship in American Literature at Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey; and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities to the University of Arizona and Yale University.
Dr. Dolis's publications include numerous articles in literary, philosophical, and psychoanalytic journals, several chapbooks of poetry, and two other books of literary criticism—The Style of Hawthorne's Gaze: Regarding Subjectivity and Tracking Thoreau: Double-Crossing Nature and Technology.
He received his B.A. in English Literature from Saint Louis University and both his M.A. in English Literature and his Ph.D. in English and American Literature from Loyola University of Chicago. He is an internationally recognized scholar of nineteenth century American Literature and serves on the editorial boards of the Arizona Quarterly, the Journal of American Culture and the Nathaniel Hawthorne Review.
His primary teaching interests are American Literature, American Studies, Critical Theory, Media Studies, and Transnationalism.
"A Fulbright experience directly contributes to Penn State's globalization efforts, and provides an opportunity for faculty members to compare curricula, teaching and research methods, and other tangibles that lead to global citizenship," said Michael Adewumi, vice provost for Global Programs.
The Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs' section of the U.S. State Department sponsors the Fulbright program. The Institute of International Education's Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) administers the program for the State Department.
"These awards are a reward for resilience and passion on the part of our faculty who have been given the opportunity to teach or pursue their research interests and making lifelong connections as they do so," said Sylvester Osagie, the faculty Fulbright adviser in the Office of Global Programs.
The Fulbright program, established by U.S. Sen. J. William Fulbright in 1946 to create mutual understanding among the peoples of the world, has several Nobel Laureates, Pulitzer Prize winners, and other accomplished scholars from different academic disciplines as alumni.