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Dr. Anne Murray of Pfeiffer University named Fulbright Award recipient

a murrayAnne Murray, PHR, Ph.D., of Winston-Salem, N.C., a professor in Pfeiffer University's Master of Science in Leadership program, has received a Fulbright award to teach in Romania for the 2012-13 academic year.

Read Dr. Murray's blog: A Year in Romania

Dr. Murray, who has taught at Pfeiffer since 1999, primarily at its Charlotte campus and online, will likely teach Organizational Behavior and Human Resources, subjects she teaches at Pfeiffer, at the College of Communication and Public Relations in the National University of Political Studies and Public Administration in Bucharest. Her intent is to teach American approaches to these subjects while comparing and contrasting them to approaches of the European Union.

“I'm honored to join the ranks of Fulbright award recipients worldwide,” said Dr. Murray. “Teaching in Romania offers a unique opportunity to work with students who possess a heightened appreciation for having access to information that just a few years ago wasn't available to them due to Communist oppression; they also understand fully the implications of that access.”

First introduced to Eastern Europe in the 1990s while working for Novant Health, Dr. Murray traveled four times over several years to Hungary and Slovakia, where she was part of a team whose purpose was to help improve healthcare in former iron curtain countries. She was impressed by the people and their determination to “catch up” with the rest of the developed world in terms of education, technology and healthcare.

While in Romania, Dr. Murray plans to teach both in the classroom and online. She will utilize an interactive teaching style designed to encourage understanding between herself and students whose first language is not English, something that has proved effective with adult learners from diverse backgrounds enrolled in Pfeiffer's graduate programs.

“Pfeiffer University is extremely proud of Dr. Anne Murray's accomplishments,” said Dr. Tracy Espy, provost and vice president for academic affairs for Pfeiffer University. “An exemplary servant leader and lifelong learner, she is certain to learn as much from her Romanian students as they learn from her; the Fulbright experience is sure to enrich her scholarship and, by extension, that of future Pfeiffer students.”

Dr. Murray holds a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's of education in counseling from Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, N.C.; a doctorate in clinical psychology from University of North Carolina-Greensboro; a certificate in organization development from University of North Carolina-Charlotte and certification as a Professional in Human Resources. Before her career in higher education, she worked as a staff psychologist for several healthcare organizations and has been an independent organizational and change management consultant.  With this Fulbright opportunity, she joins Pfeiffer professor Dr. Jewell Mayberry, Department of Languages and Literature, who participated in the 2009 J. William Fulbright Hays Seminar Abroad Program with a five-week opportunity to study Chinese history and culture in China, and a number of visiting Fulbright scholars who have taught at Pfeiffer over the past several years.

The Fulbright program, which operates worldwide in more than 150 countries, has long been regarded as the world's premier academic exchange. Fulbright awards are granted by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, a Presidentially appointed 12-member board responsible for establishing worldwide policies for the Fulbright program and selection of Fulbright recipients. Funds for awards are appropriated annually by the U.S. Congress and in some cases by contributions from partner countries and/or the private sector. Fulbright alumni have become heads of state, judges, ambassadors, cabinet ministers, CEOs, university presidents, journalists, artists, professors and teachers. They have been awarded 43 Nobel Prizes. Since its inception more than 60 years ago, approximately 300,000 “Fulbrighters” have participated in the program.

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