Baylor Senior Selected for Prestigious Fulbright ETA to Germany
Emily Martin will serve as an English Teaching Assistant during the 2017-2018 academic year
WACO, Texas (April 13, 2017) – Baylor University senior Emily E. Martin, a University Scholar from Frisco, has been selected to receive a prestigious Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (ETA), which will allow her to spend the 2017-2018 academic year teaching English in Germany.
Martin is Baylor’s second Fulbright recipient this year and 49th since 2001. She is the daughter of Dr. Chuck and Kim Martin of Frisco.
“I found out I was selected for the Fulbright on the front porch of Memorial, the dorm in which I have lived since freshman year,” Martin said. “I was about to go to the library to work on my thesis, and I saw I had three new emails. Right there, two emails down was an email from the Fulbright. ‘I am delighted to inform you...’ I called my mom right away. My roommate was outside eating lunch, and I went up to her and hugged her. I don't think I’ve smiled so wide in my entire life.”
The Fulbright had been on Martin’s mind since her freshman year, with possible career plans as a diplomat with a focus on Russian. However, during her sophomore year, she started learning German and went on a semester exchange to the University of Freiburg in the southwest part of Germany.
“Living in Germany for five months, I fell in love with the people and the way of life. I volunteered at a local high school teaching English, and I’m excited to do it again, and to ‘fling my Green and Gold afar,’” she said.
Martin will serve as part of the English Teaching Assistant (ETA) Programs, which places Fulbrighters in classrooms abroad to provide assistance to the local English teachers. ETAs help teach the English language while serving as cultural ambassadors for the United States. She hasn’t learned to which city she will be assigned, but she has asked for a city in northeast Germany.
“I sure loved the sunny foothills of the Black Forest, but I’m hoping to broaden my experience through living in the more reserved former Eastern Bloc,” she said.
Martin praised several faculty members who have been involved in her academic and personal journey at Baylor, including language professors Eva Hruska (Russian), Dr. Steven Jug (Slavic studies, also her thesis adviser), Dr. Ann McGlashan (German) and Dr. Alex Holznienkemper (German), philosophy professor Dr. Trent Dougherty and linguistics faculty members Dr. Jeannette Marsh and Dr. Clay Butler. Martin also considers Dr. Jennifer Good, who has served as Martin’s academic adviser since her freshman year, as her “academic mom.”
“Emily has a deep intellectual curiosity and a passion for German and Russian language and culture,” said Good, acting director of the University Scholars program and associate professor of German. “That enthusiasm served her very well when she spent a spring semester in Freiburg, Germany, working hard academically and dedicating herself to building a full immersion experience there – with travel, friends, exploring and being engaged in the ‘everyday’ of her new hometown.”
With that experience, and now as a Fulbright recipient, Good said Martin will be a valuable cultural ambassador and educator.
“Emily exemplifies Baylor’s mission to ‘educate women and men for global leadership and service.’ Her respect for history and tradition is coupled with her desire to learn and to teach,” Good said. “I have been fortunate to walk alongside Emily on her academic journey at Baylor, as a mentor, professor and friend, and I am eager to see the positive impact that Emily will have next year in her work in a German school.”
After the Fulbright, Martin is considering high school teacher certification but would like eventually to pursue her Ph.D. to teach German and Russian at the university level.
Baylor is well known for offering students a growing academic enterprise that ignites educational excellence, leadership and research discovery. With dedicated professors and a commitment to Christian values, Baylor students are provided with the tools to lead, serve and succeed in their future, which appealed to Martin as she was making her college choice.
“I knew that Baylor was a place where I could find peers and professors who were passionate about knowing God personally and living in pursuit of a calling larger than themselves,” she said. Baylor’s Russian division in the department of modern foreign languages and the Great Texts program in the Honors College also played an important role in guiding Martin to Baylor.
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is the largest U.S. exchange program offering opportunities for students and young professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching and primary and secondary school teaching worldwide. The program currently awards approximately 1,900 grants annually in all fields of study and operates in more than 140 countries worldwide.
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