(Dec. 15, 2010)--It will take a 24-hour flight, 11-hour layover and a seven-hour train ride for Nazrul Hoque to make history, but the professor in the UTSA College of Public Policy Department of Demography and Organization Studies is ready.
Hoque, who leaves Dec. 15, is the first faculty member in COPP to be selected as a Fulbright recipient. His selection will take him to his home of Bangladesh, where he will teach applied demography courses and conduct research at his alma mater, the University of Rajshahi in Bangladesh. He will return to UTSA in April 2011.
"I am greatly honored by the opportunity Fulbright has given me to return to my alma mater to teach and conduct research," said Hoque. "I am humbled at being invited to learn from and share my experiences in this global community of learning, and I hope my contribution as a Fulbright recipient will make a difference in this scholarly exchange program."
Hoque said his stay will take him away from his usual responsibilities of teaching and research, but his colleagues have graciously agreed to collaborate with him by phone and Internet to share in his tasks.
"I deeply appreciate their support," he said, adding that he could not complete this task without that level of loyalty and commitment from his longtime colleagues.
"Dr. Hoque is a valued member of our faculty for his exceptional teaching, cutting edge demographic research, and his service to the work of the Texas State Data Center," said Lloyd Potter, director of the UTSA Institute for Demographic and Socioeconomic Research.
"We'll miss him in the spring, but are very excited for him and the opportunity this scholarship will provide to allow him to advance his research agenda. Our faculty and students will certainly benefit from his experiences upon his return," he added.
Hoque wears many hats at UTSA. He is an assistant professor in the Department of Demography and Organization Studies, associate director for estimates and projections with the Texas State Data Center, and is a faculty research associate with the Institute for Demographic and Socioeconomic Research.
In addition to teaching and research, Hoque plans to conduct applied demography-related seminars in Bangladesh, work on publishing a few articles and develop a collaborative research proposal with his future colleagues in the Department of Population Science and Human Resource at the University of Rajshahi.
The Fulbright program is an international educational exchange fostered by the U.S. government to increase mutual understanding between the United States and other countries. Sen. J. William Fulbright of Arkansas established the program in 1946.
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