The Northern Marianas College was recently selected to host a Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence who will be assisting in strengthening the college’s program review processes, teaching communication courses and developing new ones, and giving cultural talks and lectures about her home country and extensive media background.
The Fulbright Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, helps enable U.S. colleges like NMC to host scholars from other countries in order to help them internationalize their campuses, curriculum, and the wider community. This is the first Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence for the CNMI.
The Fulbright Scholar, Dr. Grace Turner, was nominated for and received a nine-month SIR Award from the State Department beginning August 2013. The majority of funding for Fulbright scholars comes from the program itself, with the host institution providing a small stipend to assist partially with transportation and housing.
This is the first such award to be conferred in Jamaica, where Turner is from, in nearly two decades and she joins the select few to whom the SIR Award has been made globally. This is also the first time that NMC has been fortunate enough to receive a Fulbright scholar.
“We are extremely honored to have Dr. Turner here at NMC to be sharing her extensive knowledge and professional background,” said NMC president Sharon Hart, Ph.D. “In addition to working directly with our students, she will also be engaging the community throughout her nine-month stay in Saipan.”
Turner was specially invited to accept this award in recognition of her contribution to tertiary level education in Jamaica.
A farmer of pineapples, pepper, peanuts and hardwood trees, Turner also plans to be involved with women in agriculture on the island to learn from them and to share her experiences over the last 21 years on her farm.
Turner is also founder and president of Clavester University College Limited and has served in several leadership and faculty roles for over three decades including being the head of Distance Education and later Cooperative Education at the University of Technology, Jamaica; university vice president as well as associate professor at Northern Caribbean University; adjunct lecturer at HEART Trust/NTA, Crowne Institute of Professional Studies and the Jamaica Theological Seminary. She has also been doctoral/masters degree thesis supervisor at International University of the Caribbean and the University of the West Indies where she has also been guest presenter for several years on Academic Reading and Note Taking; coordinator of and lecturer on a master’s degree course titled “Disasters, Communication and Media and Institutional Consultant” to the Caribbean Institute of Media and Communication.
In addition, Turner has written and taught courses that include communication research methods and media ethics and legal issues and facilitates instruction on research methods, issues readings, and reviews and communication studies. Her career has also seen her working in the public and private sectors up to the level of CEO.
In speaking with Turner, she shared that this promises to be an exciting time for her especially where the language is concerned, her major in her first degree having been French and Spanish while she reads German. Her keen interest in language studies led her to pursue her doctoral work in the teaching of English to adult learners in remote places. Nearly 10 years ago, she had no idea that she would be teaching communication four planes and many hours later so far from home. (NMC)