Scott Stabler, assistant professor of history at Grand Valley State University, has been selected to receive a Fulbright award to Ghana. As part of the award, Stabler will strive to increase mutual understanding between the people of the U.S. and Ghana.
Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. Stabler will use the grant to study and teach at the University of Cape Coast in Ghana during the winter semester, 2011.
"I will be teaching in both the College of Education and for the Department of History," said Stabler. "My research will focus on how schools in Ghana teach the history of the African slave trade to the Americas. It should be interesting, seeing as Ghana formed a major locale for the export of slaves."
Stabler has taught at Grand Valley since 2004, following positions at Arizona State University, University of Houston and elsewhere. Among his previous awards, in 2007, Stabler was honored as Grand Valley's Inspirational Historian of the Year, and named Mel Miller Mentor of the Year by the Michigan Council for Social Studies.