Mohanty Selected as Fulbright Specialist

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Dr. Amiya K. Mohanty, professor emeritus and adjunct professor of sociology at Eastern Kentucky University, has been selected as a Fulbright Specialist in Sociology by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, the U.S. Department of States Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs and the Council for International Exchange of Scholars.

Mohanty has been approved to be on the Specialist Roster for next five years. Under the Fulbright Sponsorship, specialists serve higher education institutions outside the United States as consultants to administrators and scholars on faculty development, graduate and undergraduate programs, and participate in or lead relevant seminars and workshops.

In 2013, he was recognized on the floor of the Kentucky House of Representatives for his contributions to higher education and research as well as for his selection as a Fulbright Specialist in Sociology.

Recently, Mohanty was invited by Universiti Putra Malaysia to serve as a Fulbright Specialist in Sociology from Sept. 1, 2014 until the end of grant period the following month. Founded in 1931, UPM is recognized as one of Malaysia's leading research universities. Its main campus is located near the capital city of Kuala Lumpur and adjacent to Malaysia’s administrative capital city, Putrajaya.

Mohanty is one of the founding members of Bluegrass Indo-American Civic Society (BIACS), a socio-cultural and charitable organization in Kentucky since 1988. He served on the BIACS committee to develop the Society’s Constitution and bylaws, was its first secretary and later served as its president for about two terms. Recently, at the annual BIACS banquet of BIACS, he received an award with a plaque for his service to the community at large.

Mohanty, who came to the U.S. with Fulbright and Smith-Mundt Fellowships and earned his doctoral degree in sociology from Florida State University, joined the EKU faculty in 1969.

Published on July 23, 2014