Professor Spencer Salas Selected as Fulbright Ambassador

Date Published: 
Thursday, September 15, 2016

College of Education professor Spencer Salas has been selected as a 2016-2018 alumni ambassador for the Fulbright Scholars program.

As one of 25 Fulbright Alumni Ambassadors, Salas, an associate professor in the Department of Middle, Secondary, and K-12 Education, will serve as an official representative of the organization by participating in numerous outreach events throughout the year. He will present information about the Fulbright organization, his experiences and ways to stay engaged at campus workshops and academic conferences across the country.

“Fulbright has been a tremendous opportunity to share and grow my scholarship at an international level while simultaneously contributing to a broad foreign policy objective of mutual understanding,” said Salas. “I'm humbled to represent UNC Charlotte and the program through the Alumni Ambassadors service initiative.”

Since the late 1990s, Dr. Salas has participated in three Fulbright Scholars programs, including work in Romania (1998), Guatemala (2007), and South Africa (2013). He also served as a Senior English Language Fellow for the U.S. Department of State to Peru from 2001 to 2003. For the last 13 years, he has been a Language Specialist for The U.S. Department of State Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs. He began his term as a Fulbright Ambassador this summer.

“The Fulbright Scholar Program, funded by the U.S. Department of State, supports more than 800 U.S. faculty and professional each year to teach or conduct research in 125 countries around the world. A key priority for the State Department and the Council for International Exchange of Scholars is to increase the diversity of the scholars who participate in the program and the range of U.S. higher education institutions that are represented overall,” said Dr. Maria de los Angeles Crummett, in a letter to UNC Charlotte Chancellor Phillip Dubois announcing the appointment.

Salas will serve as a Fulbright Alumni Ambassador through July 2018.