Nichola D. Gutgold, professor of communication arts and sciences at Penn State Lehigh Valley, was accepted into the Fulbright Specialist Program on April 3, 2020.
A program of the U.S. Department of State, the Fulbright Specialist Program is a unique opportunity for U.S. academics and established professionals to engage in two- to six-week, project-based exchanges at host institutions across the globe. The Fulbright Specialist Program, part of the larger Fulbright Program, was established in 2001 by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA). The program pairs highly qualified U.S. academics and professionals with host institutions abroad to share their expertise, strengthen institutional linkages, hone their skills, gain international experience and learn about other cultures while building capacity at their overseas host institutions.
Although complications caused by the coronavirus pandemic have temporarily halted the program, Gutgold looks forward to officially joining the Roster after the U.S. Department of State determines that projects can resume.
“I am so thrilled with this appointment, since The Fulbright Specialist Program will be a wonderful chance to share my research on women and politics globally,” Gutgold said.
Gutgold earned a bachelor of arts degree in English from King’s College, a master of arts degree in speech communication from Bloomsburg University and a doctorate of philosophy in speech communication from Penn State. In addition to her work with students, Gutgold is a distinguished researcher on the rhetoric of women in male-dominated fields, and on how all women can use their voices to lead the passionate causes they believe in. Her research has been featured in the New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, LA Times, NPR, PBS and U.S. News and World Report.
Gutgold serves as vice president of the Literacy Center’s Board of Directors and mentors students, especially those who are first generation, to help them expand their future goals. She recently received an Alumni/Student Award for Excellence in Teaching from Penn State, and was named a 2018 Penn State Teaching Fellow. She received the 2017 King’s College Alumni Award for Professional Achievement. Last year, she was honored as a 2018 Woman of Influence by Lehigh Valley Business.