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KU Professor Wins Fulbright to Teach in Budapest

February 27, 2014

KUTZTOWN, Pa. - Dr. Andrea Mitnick, professor of communication studies at KU, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to teach at the Budapest College of Communication and Business in Budapest, Hungary. 

During the 2014 spring semester Mitnick will teach courses on communication and arts in graduate leadership; and undergraduate business and professional communication. Her stay began Jan. 22 and ends in late June. 

Mitnick also won a Fulbright in 2007 to work at the Diplomatic Academy in Moscow, Russia, and has sailed around the world three times with the Semester at Sea program. Her experiences abroad have shaped not only her teaching philosophy, but also how she views communication itself. 

"We can't ignore what's going on in the world," she said. "Communication is global, but manifests differently based on various factors, including geographical location and culture. In a place like Egypt, for example, we need to examine social media to learn more about the impact of communication." 

While in Budapest, Mitnick will explore how the college of more than 9,000 students integrates art, business and communication curriculum. At the end of her stay, she hopes to bring back to KU new ideas and innovative strategies. 

 "I would like to discover the secrets to this college's success in a struggling economy," she explained. "I think I have a lot to learn from them. I am very grateful to KU for granting me another educational leave to seize this opportunity. It's an honor to have been selected from so many other eligible college educators to receive this scholarship and travel abroad."