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Gannon's School of Public Service and Global Affairs Hosts Fulbright Scholar

Published: 02/02/2021

Gannon welcomed Fulbright Scholar, Soizic Chevrier.

Gannon welcomed Fulbright Scholar, Soizic Chevrier.

Gannon University’s School of Public Service and Global Affairs is hosting a Fulbright Scholar – Soizic Chevrier of France – this spring semester to promote global education and language and cultural skills through the Fulbright Language Teaching Assistant Program.

The FLTA Program is sponsored by the United States Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and is designed to develop Americans’ knowledge of foreign cultures and languages by supporting teaching assistantships in more than 30 languages at hundreds of U.S. institutions of higher education. The program offers educators from more than 50 countries the opportunity to develop their professional skills and gain first-hand knowledge of the U.S., its culture and its people.

Chevrier first participated in the program in Fall 2020, teaching intermediate and upper-level French courses through Gannon’s global languages and cultures program within the School of Public Service and Global Affairs, or PSGA. 

Chevrier will continue in the FLTA Program this spring semester to teach intermediate French and France and the Francophone world courses within the global languages and cultures program. Students will engage in topics including the influence of the Francophonie, French clichés, multicultural studies, and ethnic and religious diversity in Francophone cultures, among others.

Additionally, Chevrier will educate students across PSGA on the diverse aspects of the French culture through classroom visits, as well as lectures that will be open to the Gannon community following state, local and University COVID-19 guidelines.

Chevrier is also organizing a French club on campus to foster engagement between Gannon students and the French language and culture. 

Martha Kosir, Ph.D., professor of Spanish and chair of the global languages and cultures program at Gannon, said that students’ development of language and cross-cultural skills are a necessity in today’s increasingly globalized marketplace.

“Combining language skills with the knowledge gained in other programs within the School of Public Service and Global Affairs – such as history, political science and legal studies – gives students the necessary edge and sets them apart from other applicants. It also gives them the world skills and confidence necessary for global citizenship,” Kosir said.

Kosir added that Chevrier’s work at Gannon through the FLTA program uniquely supports the mission of the global languages and cultures program in which students develop global worldviews through interactive coursework and travel opportunities, and learn to communicate across cultures by developing proficiency in a foreign language.

The program is housed within Gannon’s School of Public Service and Global affairs, which brings together the disciplines of politics, languages, history, legal issues, current events and international affairs through high-impact experiential learning opportunities that prepare students to make significant change in the world.

“The mission of the language and cultures program in particular and the School of Public Service and Global Affairs in general is to promote a sense of community through global education. Hosting an FLTA thus fits perfectly with this mission and also directly support the mission of Gannon University to prepare students to be global citizens,” Kosir said.

Chevrier is a France native and grew up in a small city near Paris. She earned her undergraduate degree in political science and international relations from Sciences Po Saint Germain-en Laye – a school of government in France – in 2018. She earned master’s degrees in international cooperation policies and in intelligence and global threats from the same university from 2018 to 2020.

During her studies, Chevrier completed an academic exchange in the University of Passau in Germany, a four-month internship at the French Alliance of Hyderabad in India, and a six-month internship at the French Embassy in Vienna, Austria. 

“Those various international experiences inspired me to participate in the Fulbright FTLA program,” Chevrier said. “I think that is a real opportunity to be able to act as a French cultural ambassador in the United States and especially in your university in Gannon. I really look forward to … sharing my knowledge about French language and culture with you and I hope to learn as much from all of you.” 

“We are extremely excited and grateful for the opportunity to bring a Fulbright scholar to Gannon,” Kosir said. “It is a tremendous opportunity for our students and our Gannon community to learn from Soizic, and Soizic from us. As a foreign language instructor and cultural ambassador on campus, Soizic offers a unique learning experience to the students. Her firsthand experience with the language and culture enhances student learning in the classroom setting and beyond. Through participation in diverse campus events, Soizic extends this learning experience to the entire Gannon community as well.”

Learn more about Gannon’s global languages and cultures program: https://www.gannon.edu/academic-offerings/humanities-education-and-social-sciences/undergraduate/foreign-language/

Learn more about Gannon’s School of Public Service and Global Affairs: https://gannon.edu/academic-offerings/humanities-education-and-social-sciences/school-of-public-service-and-global-affairs/