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KNOXVILLE — Six University of Tennessee, Knoxville, professors have received 2010-2011 Fulbright Scholar grants to lecture or conduct research around the world.

Taylor Feild

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, the program seeks to broaden worldwide understanding of political, economic, educational and cultural institutions.

Paul Gellert

The six professors are among about 800 faculty and professionals who will travel abroad through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program during the 2010-11 academic year. Most UT Knoxville award recipients will devote up to a semester working in a university department or institute engaged in teaching and research.

The recipients were chosen for their academic or professional achievement and demonstrated leadership potential in their fields.

Donald G. Hodges

“The knowledge these faculty members will gain as Fulbright Scholars is invaluable to the UT Knoxville community, including their colleagues and their students. The faculty members at UT Knoxville continue to make strides in their fields here and abroad and we are proud they have the opportunity to represent our university on campuses around the world,” said UT Senior Vice Chancellor and Provost Susan Martin.

David Keffer
David Keffer

The recipients are as follows:

  • Taylor Feild, assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, will travel to sub-Saharan Africa for seven months to study evolutionary hydraulic ecophysiology of East African pepperbark trees.
Jeff Norrell
Jeff Norrell
  • Paul Gellert, assistant professor in the department of sociology, has been honored with a Senior Scholar Fulbright Award. He will travel to Paramadina University, Jakarta, Indonesia, for 10 months to lecture and conduct research on the controversies surrounding policies and outcomes of extraction of natural resources in Indonesia.
  • Donald G. Hodges, James R. Cox Professor of Forest Economics and Policy in the College of Agricultural Sciences and natural resources’ department of forestry, wildlife and fisheries, will travel to Slovenia for six months where he will teach and conduct research on forest management at the University of Ljubljana and the Jozef Stefan Institute.
Maurice Stucke
Maurice Stucke
  • David Keffer, professor in the department of chemical and biomolecular engineering and director of the Sustainable Technology through Advanced Interdisciplinary Research (STAIR) program, will travel to Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea, for 10 months to teach a class on case studies in sustainability and a class on heat and mass transfer in fuel cells. Keffer also will research new avenues for carbon sequestration.
  • Jeff Norrell, professor of history and Bernadotte Schmitt Chair of Excellence, has been appointed the Distinguished Chair in American Studies at the University of Tubingen in Germany for all next year. Norrell will lecture and write about American race relations in the 20th century.
  • Maurice Stucke, an associate professor in the College of Law, will travel to the China Institute of Political Science and Law in Beijing, China, to lecture on antitrust this fall.

Since it was established in 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 300,000 people with the opportunity to promote a mutual understanding between the U.S. and other countries. Administered by the Council for International Exchange, it operates in 155 countries worldwide.

UT Knoxville has two Fulbright representatives — Pia Wood, associate provost and director of the Center for International Education; and Alan Rutenberg, director of proposal development, in the Office of Research. A Fulbright information session is being held from 2 -3 p.m., on Monday, May 24 at the International House. Contact Bea Misch at if you wish to attend the session.

C O N T A C T :

Pia Wood (865-974-2173,