Bruce Edwards, professor and associate dean, Bowling
Green State University
Lecturing and Research: Communications and Journalism, Literacy
in Kenyan Universities; Communications, Journalism and Literature
August 1999-June 2000
© 2000 Richard Lord
Bruce Edwards is teaching communications and journalism
at Daystar University in Nairobi, Kenya.
Bruce Edwards, a professor of English and Associate Dean of the
College of Arts and Sciences at Bowling Green State University
(BGSU), received a grant last year to lecture and conduct research
at Kenya's Daystar University. Edwards was invited to teach graduate
and undergraduate courses in journalistic writing, communications,
rhetoric and criticism as well as a course on C.S. Lewis, an author
whose work he specializes in. He was also asked to make recommendations
for expanding the communications curriculum at Daystar.
Edwards looked forward to his Fulbright grant because it presented
the opportunity to teach in a nonwestern academic environment.
Immersing himself in an unfamiliar culture and educational system,
Edwards felt, would help him gain a more thorough understanding
of the challenges international students face at his home institution.
He also hoped to identify new teaching methods for multicultural
classrooms, given that BGSU is just one of many institutions of
higher education in the United States that serves a large number
of foreign students. Having gained a deeper appreciation for the
difficulties these students must encounter as newcomers to United
States, Edwards hoped "to return to my home campus equipped
with fresh ideas for expanding and improving our international
outreach, and how better to prepare staff to orient our African
students to a midwestern American campus.
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