Cheryl Westlake Canary, RN, Ph.D., ACNS-BC, professor and associate dean of international and community programs at Azusa Pacific University, received a prestigious Fulbright Scholarship for the 2013–14 school year.

Canary’s Fulbright award enables her to teach heart failure care, research methods, and statistics at the Universidad de San Francisco, in Quito, Ecuador.

“The concentrated research and teaching experience afforded to me by the Fulbright program is truly a gift,” Canary said. “I anticipate a significant cross-cultural experience that will enhance my Spanish language skills and international health expertise. I plan to share the knowledge I gain with my doctoral nursing students at APU.”

Along with Thomas Cairns, DBA, associate professor in APU’s School of Business and Management, Canary is 1 of approximately 1,200 U.S. faculty and professionals who will travel abroad this year through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program.

Canary holds a doctorate from the University of California, Los Angeles. Her career spans more than 25 years in cardiac nursing with nearly 20 of those as a clinical nurse specialist. Canary’s expertise covers a wide array of health topics, including disease management, intervention studies, and large multidisciplinary research on local, regional, national, and international platforms.

Since its establishment in 1946, under legislation by the late Senator J. William Fulbright, the Fulbright Program has provided approximately 318,000 people with the opportunity to observe others’ political, economic, educational, and cultural institutions, to exchange ideas, and to embark on international ventures of importance. The program operates in 155 countries worldwide.