A West Virginia University English professor’s account of his experiences in Europe as a Fulbright scholar appears in the July 8 issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Donald Hall’s essay,”The Grass Isn’t Greener,”focuses on the differences between higher education systems in the United States and several European countries.

Hall explains how his experiences abroad helped him gain an appreciation for the American higher education system and the opportunities it provides faculty, both academically and financially.

Hall, Jackson Family Chair of English in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences, was a Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Cultural Studies at Karl Franzens University in Graz , Austria , from March through June. He taught three courses, including seminars in Victorian culture and gender theory.

Considered among the most prestigious appointments in the Fulbright Scholar Program, the Distinguished Chair awards go to individuals with prominent records of scholarly accomplishment. The program’s purpose is to increase mutual understanding between Americans and citizens from other countries.

Before arriving at WVU in 2004, Hall spent 13 years teaching at California State University , Northridge, where he served most recently as chair of the Department of English.

He is the author or editor of eight books and dozens of articles and essays. His current work examines issues such as professional responsibility and academic community-building, ethics and agency in sexuality studies and Victorian studies.

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