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R-MC Welcomes Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence

Sep 01, 2017


Yasushi MaruokaThe Randolph-Macon College community welcomes Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence Yasushi Maruoka, professor of international relations at Ishinomaki Senshu University (ISU), for the 2017-2018 academic year. Maruoka will teach several courses during the academic year, including International Economics; International Economic Development; and a special topics course on tourism.

"Randolph-Macon College is honored to host Professor Maruoka as our Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence," says President Robert R. Lindgren. "He will be a wonderful asset to our campus community—including our international studies, economics and Asian studies programs—and our students will benefit from his vast knowledge and expertise. In addition, Professor Maruoka's presence will enrich our connection with Ishinomaki Senshu University, with whom we have had a long-standing relationship."

Randolph-Macon College and ISU have an ongoing partnership, and in 2015 and 2016, students and faculty from R-MC and ISU visited one another's campuses and participated in a research exchange supported by the Taylor Anderson Memorial Fund (TAMF) and the U.S.-Japan Council's TOMODACHI Fund. Taylor Anderson, R-MC Class of 2008, died in the 2011 Great East Japan earthquake. She was teaching English in Ishinomaki, Miyagi with the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) program when she died.

Yasushi Marouka
Maruoka, who earned his M.A. and Ph.D. from Sophia University, previously worked as a Japanese government diplomat in Costa Rica. His academic research currently focuses on economic development, and specifically tourism. He is regularly called upon to provide research assistance to the government of Japan, particularly in the area of tourism development.

In July 2016, Professor Maruoka was an important source of information for R-MC Class of 2017 graduate Phillip Terrono's Schapiro Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) project, which Terrono completed as part of the TAMF/TOMODACHI Fund research exchange. Maruoka and his family were also deeply affected by the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake.

The Fulbright Program
The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government's flagship international exchange program. The Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence Program brings visiting scholars from abroad to lecture at U.S. colleges and universities. In addition to teaching courses, scholars give campus-wide and/or community lectures, help initiate international programs and contribute to curriculum development. The program is especially appropriate for small liberal arts colleges, minority-serving institutions and community colleges. The Fulbright Program is supported by the U.S. Department of State.

Maruoka is the third Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence to visit Randolph-Macon. During the 2009-2010 academic year, Randolph-Macon hosted Tang Hao, associate professor from South China Normal University; and R-MC hosted Shaza Gamal Ismail, associate professor from Helwan University in Cairo, Egypt, for the 2012-2013 academic year.