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UTPA professor awarded Fulbright to India
By Melissa Vasquez, Senior Editor
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Posted: 11/10/2003
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George McLemore, an associate professor of communication at The University of Texas-Pan American, will travel to India for the second time on a Fulbright award to share his knowledge of communication, photojournalism, media and culture with students at the Mudra Institute of Communication in Ahmedabad, the seventh largest city in India.


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Dr. George McLemore takes a photo in Rajasthan, India during his first Fulbright to India in May 2001.
McLemore, a member of the UTPA faculty since 1972, recently received a Fulbright Senior Specialists grant in communications and journalism. He said the Fulbright is a great honor for him and the University.

“This is indeed an honor because it demonstrates validation of my professional and personal efforts in India as a Fulbright Senior Scholar in 2000-2001, as well as my work at UTPA,” he said.

The Fulbright Senior Specialists program offers two- to six-week grants to leading U.S. academics and professionals to support curricular and faculty development and institutional planning at academic institutions in 140 countries around the world.

His journey to India will begin Dec. 14 and end Jan. 26, and while there he will conduct various faculty development seminars in communication instruction and teach student seminars in media criticism, culture and communication and photojournalism.

“As the world’s largest democracy, India provides enormous opportunities to observe and study mass communication and its role and impact on globalization and the process of modernization,” McLemore said. “As a photographer and instructor of photojournalism at UTPA, I have the opportunity to shoot India’s complexity as well as lecture on the theory and practice of photojournalism.”

McLemore said he first visited India as an American Peace Corps volunteer in the late 1960’s. He said since then he has been drawn to India’s rich history and culture. He also visited India as a Fulbright Senior Scholar Award winner in December 2000 and was placed in the Manipal Institutes of Communication in South India in Karnataka State.

While there, he taught a graduate seminar in media criticism and conducted a series of lectures and seminars in more than 10 institutions across India and Nepal in the subject areas of cultural imperialism through western advertising, cross-cultural communication, photography and photojournalism.

“My commitment to practicing cultural understanding, first gained in the Peace Corps by living and working in the villages of West Bengal, enabled me subsequently to teach and research cross-cultural issues as an academic when I returned to India in 2000 as a Fulbright Senior Scholar,” McLemore said. “My long experience living and teaching on La Frontera of Texas and Mexico in turn provided me a useful perspective for addressing cultural and communication issues in India.”

McLemore said his goal, as a Fulbright is to help establish a collaborative exchange program for faculty and students with the Mudra Institute of Communication.

“The UTPA Communication Department emphasizes the study of culture and communication in both its undergraduate and graduate programs. This Fulbright Specialists award as did my Senior Scholar Award provides my department and by extension UTPA, a significant opportunity to make additional contacts with international scholars, students and their institutions, thus reinforcing UTPA’s commitment to international education.”

McLemore received his Bachelor of Arts and master’s degree from The University of Houston and a doctorate from The University of Pittsburgh. He is married to Donna McLemore, a high school English teacher, and has two sons, Andrew and Ryan. His family accompanied him to India when he received his first Fulbright award.

Created to complement the traditional Fulbright Scholar Program, which was started in 1946, the Senior Specialists Program aims at increasing the number of faculty and professionals who have the opportunity to go abroad on a Fulbright.

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