College of Arts and Sciences Dean Aswani Volety Receives Fulbright Award for International Education Administrators Seminar in France

Monday, April 24, 2017

UNCW College of Arts and Sciences Dean Aswani Volety has been awarded a Fulbright for an International Education Administrators Seminar in France, the university announced today. 

As an immigrant to the United States, Volety considers the opportunity to work with other countries one of the most important elements of education.

“International collaborations and partnerships are a passion and a priority of mine,” he said. “As dean, I work with faculty to identify enhanced educational and cultural opportunities for students to provide them with tools to succeed in an increasingly globalized world.”

As part of the Fulbright Fellowship, Volety will travel to Toulouse, Paris and Brussels in October to develop ideas for increasing faculty, staff and student exchange between UNCW and French academic institutions.

The Fulbright Program is a highly competitive, merit-based grant for international educational exchange for students, scholars, teachers, professionals, scientists and artists. In 2016, UNCW was recognized as a top producer of Fulbright Scholars.

“UNCW’s list of Fulbright Scholars continues to grow at an impressive rate," said UNCW Provost Marilyn Sheerer. "I commend Dean Volety for his continued commitment to this university and the development of our international educational leadership.”

Volety has been working on collaborative research projects with colleagues from various academic and scientific institutions in France for more than 20 years. He said he is honored to not only expand his career-long work in providing meaningful international experiences for students and faculty, but also to contribute to the institutional goals of increasing global impact and enriching the student experience, as highlighted in UNCW’s Strategic Plan.

“The knowledge I bring back to UNCW from the Fulbright International Education Administrators seminar will allow me to improve on what we already value,” he said. “In addition to enhancing opportunities for our students, the fellowship enables me to be a more effective champion for international education and study abroad opportunities.”

Volety has served as CAS dean since 2014. He holds a Ph.D. in marine science and is currently serving a two-year term as president of the Southern Association of Marine Labs.

-- Caroline Cropp