RMC professor awarded Fulbright U.S. Scholar Award to study and teach in Ireland

Billings, Mont., May 13, 2020 - Precious McKenzie, associate professor of English at Rocky Mountain College has received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program Award in the Innovation Research Dissemination Program. Professor McKenzie will research at University College Cork, Ireland, as part of a project to study Irish folktales and legends. She will also teach at the university.

Professor McKenzie, joined Rocky Mountain College in fall 2011, after earning a doctorate in English with a specialization in Nineteenth-Century British Literature from the University of South Florida-Tampa. She is a member of the Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association and the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators.

“It’s a highly competitive process, so winning this award is a tremendous honor,” said McKenzie. “It’s also a wonderful opportunity to collaborate with my colleagues in the humanities overseas so that, when I return to Montana, I can continue to deliver innovative teaching strategies and content to Rocky Mountain College students. I will be performing research at UCC, in their archives and with professors in their Arts, Celtic Studies, and Social Sciences Department. My goal is to study lesser-told Celtic folktales and share my research through various community-based channels. I'm also working on a novel for middle grade readers based on Irish legends. The Fulbright Award in Ireland will help me complete that book project."

Professor McKenzie is one of over 800 U.S. citizens who will teach, conduct research, and/or provide expertise abroad for the 2020-2021 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program. Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement, as well as record of service and demonstrated leadership in their respective fields.

The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program and is designed to build lasting connections between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The Fulbright Program is funded through an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations, and foundations around the world also provide direct and indirect support to the Program, which operates in over 160 countries worldwide.