Baylor Professor Named Fulbright Scholar

Oct. 22, 2001

Dr. Caleb Oladipo, assistant professor of church-state studies and assistant director of the African studies program, has been named a Fulbright Senior Scholar and will spend a year in South Africa teaching and conducting research.

"Fulbright is, perhaps, the most prestigious award for faculty members in American universities," Oladipo said. "It gives faculty members the opportunity to think outside their immediate academic box. The research path that one follows through a Fulbright award is always with depth and candor not normally found in other fellowship competitions.

"But for me this award will do more," he added. "It would give me a unique opportunity for spiritual and intellectual refinement because I will study with scholars of international reputation who understand the marriage between piety and scholarship very well."

Oladipo will be in South Africa from January 2003 to December of that year. While in South Africa, he will teach two courses at the University of Zululand and develop the university's School of Basic Studies and English as a Second Language. He also will conduct research in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa, on the topic "The Roles of the African Indigenous Church in Rebuilding Post-apartheid South Africa."

Oladipo, who is originally from Nigeria, received his bachelor's degree from Wayland Baptist University, his master of divinity degree from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and his doctorate from Baylor. He also has a master in sacred theology degree from Yale University. Oladipo was named the first Charles W. Forman Scholar at Yale in 1987 and received the Distinguished Young Alumni Award at Wayland Baptist University in 1993. He joined the Baylor faculty in 1995.

The U.S. Congress created the Fulbright Program in 1946, immediately after World War II, to foster mutual understanding among nations through educational and cultural exchanges. Today, the Fulbright Program is the U.S. government's premier scholarship program which sends graduating seniors, graduate students, faculty and professionals to study and conduct research in more than 100 countries.

For more information, contact Oladipo at (254) 710-6464.

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