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Eastern Nazarene College Professor Randall J. Stephens named a Fulbright Scholar

Published: May 4, 2011

Eastern Nazarene College is proud to announce that history Professor Randall J. Stephens has received a J. William Fulbright fellowship.

As a Fulbright Scholar, Stephens will participate in one of the prestigious scholarship’s programs ? the Roving Scholars in American Studies ? teaching history courses in Norway in Spring 2012.

“As a Roving Scholar, I will travel around the country, lecturing on a variety of topics related to American history and culture, including immigration in American history, post-World War II popular culture, the Civil War, American identity and more,” said Stephens. “I’m looking forward to bringing the experiences of this rich cultural exchange back into my classes at Eastern Nazarene College.”

An associate professor of history, Stephens is the editor of Historically Speaking and associate editor of Fides et Historia. He is the author of The Fire Spreads: Holiness and Pentecostalism in the American South (Harvard University Press, 2008), which received the Smith-Wynkoop Book Award from the Wesleyan Theological Society and was nominated for the 2008 Grawemeyer Award. Later this year, he will publish a new book, co-authored with Karl Giberson, on conservative evangelical experts. In 2008, Stephens was named a Top Young Historian by George Mason University’s History New Network.

“Dr. Randall Stephens is recognized as a national scholar in the area of American Pentecostalism,” said Dr. Timothy Wooster, provost and academic dean of the college. “It is important for us at ENC to provide a vibrant academic environment that cultivates excellence in scholarship within our faculty and students. Earning the Fulbright Award is a testament to Randall’s ability to achieve at the highest level intellectually while also expecting the same from his students. We are extremely proud of this achievement.”

Overseen by the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Fulbright Scholarship Program aims to promote understanding, goodwill and intellectual exchange around the world. Since its inception more than 60 years ago, participants have gone on to become heads of state, judges, ambassadors, cabinet ministers, university presidents and CEOs. Forty-three Fulbright Scholars have been awarded Nobel Prizes.



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