The U.S Department of State and the Fulbrights Foreign Scholarship Board recently announced that University of New Mexico Professor Trenia Walker received a Fulbright Specialist Program award that will take her to Kosovo, a destination she is very familiar with.


"Receiving a Fulbright Specialist Award means I'll be heading back to the Republic of Kosovo in a few weeks. It’s been six years since I was there last as a Fulbright scholar, and it will be great to be able to catch up with friends, colleagues and former students," Walker said. "I’ve also just realized that next year will mark my 20th year of working in Kosovo. In 2002 while at The University of Pittsburgh (Pitt), I was the project leader on a USAID grant to develop a new Civic Education Curriculum program. Looking through some of my notes and materials from that early work, including coffee with a former Pitt law student who is now president of the country. I'm so glad to be a witness to history over these last two decades."

Walker is a professor within UNM's College of Education and Homan Sciences. She will complete a project at the Kosovo Accreditation Agency that aims to exchange knowledge and establish partnerships benefiting participants, institutions and communities both in the U.S. and overseas through a variety of educational and training activities within the field of education.

Walker is one of 400 U.S. citizens who share expertise with host institutions abroad through the Fulbright Specialist Program each year. Recipients of Fulbright Specialists awards are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement, demonstrated leadership in their field and their potential to foster long-term cooperation between institutions in the U.S. and abroad.

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government. Since its establishment in 1946, the Fulbright Program has given more than 400,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists and scientists the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research.