A Record Year for Students, Degrees, Funding

Todd Shields, Dean

Todd Shields, Dean

Along with planning for the fall, during the summer months we close the books on one fiscal year and open them for the next. Thanks to you, we had a spectacular year, and I'd like to share some of the great things that happened in Fulbright College between July 1, 2014, and June 30, 2015.

During the 2015 fiscal year, the college received an increase of more than $4 million to its hard budget. The college also received more than 170 grants totaling more than $13.5 million.

The number of undergraduate and graduate students pursuing Fulbright degrees reached 8,248 in 2014 – a 1 percent increase from the previous fall. Or to put things in perspective, a 14 percent increase since 2009 and a 22 percent increase since 2004. We also awarded more than 1,700 degrees.

We welcomed one tenured, 23 tenure-track and 75 non-tenure-track faculty members to campus for the 2014-15 academic year. Twenty-six tenure-track faculty will join us during the 2015-16 academic year. We will be introducing you to these newest members of our Fulbright Family in the coming months.

Faculty members produced more than 1,100 pieces of scholarly research and creative work including more than 20 books, 50 book chapters, 350 articles in refereed journals, 60 articles in non-refereed journals, 150 invited lectures, 360 conference papers and presentations and 80 other types of creative activity such as art exhibitions, music recordings, plays and films.

Some other milestones in 2014-15 included new chairs for the departments of journalism and philosophy, visits from the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board and Peter Coyote, associate dean Lynda Coon chosen as the next dean of the Honors College, and work on Champions Hall, the Faulkner Performing Arts Center, and the Hill Street Art and Design District.

I am amazed every day at the dedication of the Fulbright College faculty and staff, humbled by our donors, and gratified by the aspirations and accomplishments of our students and alumni. You are a huge part of our success, and I hope you know every day how much we appreciate all you do for the college and to continue Senator J. William Fulbright’s legacy of peace through education.


Todd Shields