Owensboro Community & Technical College’s (OCTC) Dr. Angela Ash, has been selected to participate in the Fulbright Hayes Seminar Abroad program that travels to Poland. Ash is an OCTC alumnus, a veteran of the U.S. Navy, teaches in the Department of History and is an Associate Professor. Ash earned her undergraduate degree in history from Brescia University, her master’s degree in History from the University of Louisville, and a doctoral degree from Western Kentucky University.
“Dr. Ash is a worthy recipient of this honor. She is an example of how a community college student, a veteran, can forge their own path and really work hard to achieve their dreams. We are very proud of her and all her accomplishments” commented Dr. Scott Williams, OCTC President.
The Fulbright international exchange of scholars provides opportunities for selected WKU and foreign university professors to teach and conduct research abroad for up to a full academic year. The four-week program will explore the relationship between the United States and Poland and delve into politics, national security, culture, and economics. The participants will have an opportunity to meet experts across different academic fields who will share their knowledge on international relations, specifically concentrating on the United States and Poland.
Participants will also travel across Poland to see historical sites as well as fast-growing areas including, Warsaw, Cracow, Wroclaw, and Gdansk, to experience the richness of Polish culture and meet outstanding Polish scholars from academic centers. The participants will take part in discussions and cultural events designed to connect specialists from different academic disciplines and allow them to experience the spirit of contemporary Poland. The program will allow the participants to pursue their individual academic interests, develop their respective curriculum projects that they will bring back to their classrooms, and share their broadened knowledge and experiences with students and colleagues in the United States.
“I am honored to have been selected for this fantastic opportunity. This program is a natural fit for a history professor and will help me bring a fresh perspective to the classroom,” added Ash.
Ash also serves Secretary of the Owensboro World Affairs Council, is the faculty advisor for the Hager Scholars program, and has been teaching at OCTC since 2011.