Fulbright Scholar Teaches American Literature in Taiwan

Published: October 14, 2019 | Author: Savannah Byers | Read Time: 1 minutes

Dr. Bryce ChristensenDr. Bryce Christensen, professor of English at Southern Utah University, was recently awarded a Fulbright Scholar Grant to teach American Literature in Taipei, Taiwan for the 2019-2020 academic year. The nationally recognized Fulbright Scholar program accepts only a select number of applicants each year. Some of the top producing universities for Fulbright Scholars include Harvard, Yale, Princeton, and Brown.

Dr. Christensen has always been fascinated by the Asian continent and it’s literature, but he was especially encouraged to apply for the Fulbright Grant in Taiwan by his two siblings, who both served church missions in Taiwan.

“I do not regret listening to them,” Dr. Chistensen said. “Taiwan is a wonderful place, full of courteous and well-informed people. I am favorably impressed by the country as a thriving and culturally vibrant place.”

Dr. Christensen is teaching a variety of courses at the National Taiwan University as a visiting professor in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature. He is teaching Introduction to American Poetry, as well as major authors courses on F. Scott Fitzgerald, Willa Cather, and Mark Twain.

Bryce Christensen

“I believe my experience with Taiwanese students will broaden my perspective on how students who come from cultural backgrounds, very different from my own, interpret and respond to literature,” Dr. Christensen said. “I believe that will make me better able to meet the needs of my international students when I return to the U.S.”

Dr. Christensen is living in Taipei, Taiwan with his wife Mary. The pair are hoping for their three grown children to bring their families and visit them this year.

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