Professors Nathalis Guy Wamba and Andrea Khalil of Queens College have received Fulbright grants to separately study in Africa for the upcoming year.
Wamba, from Hastings-on-Hudson in Westchester, will return home to his native country of Malawi.
Malawi is in Southeast ern Africa, and while there he plans to contribute as a scholar and a researcher to Mzuzu University and Mzuzu Academy.
According to Queens College, Wamba’s powerful teaching strategy, which bridges educational theory with the practice of encouraging students to think and question what they are learning, will be a major component of his mission to help the African schools.
Khalil, of Brooklyn, teaches comparative literature and will study societal changes in Tunisia as she researches for a book she is writing that will detail the area’s politics.
Her book will be entitled, “Productive Instability: The Political Crowd in North Africa.”
According to the college, Khalil has enjoyed teaching about Tunisian culture because of the vast differences the citizens in Norhern Africa encounter from American life, such as the Tunisia government limiting freedom of press.
A student has also received a Fulbright grant to teach English in South Korea for the 2012-13 school year.
Erica Leung, of Massapequa Park, LI will graduate this month from Queens College with honors.
She completed her Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages certification in April 2011, and expects to leave for South Korea soon.
“The Fulbrights are among the most prestigious awards in academia,” QC Provost James Stellar said. “And we are proud that this year we have three recipients — two faculty members and one student. These honors speak highly of our students and faculty, who consistently receive recognition for their scholarship.”