Prof: Fulbright is an amazing experience

Linda Strom, associate professor of English, is in her second semester as a Fulbright Scholar in Turkey.

Fulbright Scholar Linda Strom

Linda Strom, YSU associate professor of English, is in Turkey as a Fulbright Scholar. Here she visits the mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder and first president of the republic of Turkey.

As the 11th Fulbright in YSU’s history, Strom is teaching in the American Culture and Literature Department at Hacettepe University, a major state school with about 33,000 students on two campuses in Ankara.

“I’m having an amazing experience,” Strom said via email. “I love the students, and my colleagues are wonderful.”

She said she is thrilled to be awarded the Fulbright and that Turkey was her first choice.

“I’m interested in its long, rich history and its culture,” she said. “So far, I have enjoyed the excellent food and the warm Turkish hospitality. My Turkish is not great, but I hope to get better. Now that I’m settled, I plan to do more traveling around Turkey.”

The prestigious Fulbright Program is the United States’ flagship international educational exchange program. Recipients are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields.

It’s not Strom’s first teaching foray overseas. She also served as an exchange professor for YSU at Lunghwa University of Science and Technology in Taiwan. “Every opportunity to teach abroad has helped me see my area of study, American literature, from an international perspective,” she said.

Strom’s teaching and research interests include American literature, film, feminist studies and ethnic studies. In Turkey, she is teaching courses on diversity in America, the contemporary American novel, American literature and the American short story.

She arrived in Turkey in September and has since attended two international conferences, meeting and exchanging ideas with scholars around the world. The Fulbright extends through June 15.

“My experience in Turkey has allowed me to immerse myself in an ancient and influential culture, and I hope to incorporate what I have learned about Turkey’s rich history into my scholarship and teaching,” she said.