Kimberly Denu, Ph.D., vice president and chief diversity officer at Azusa Pacific University, received a prestigious Fulbright Award for the 2018-19 school year. Denu also serves as a professor of sociology and social work at APU.

Denu received a Fulbright Scholar Research Award to study the challenges of female Ethiopian doctoral students at the University of Gondar in Gondar, Ethiopia.

“In Ethiopia, I will examine cultural and structural inhibitors to women faculty earning doctorates so that these barriers can be addressed, and I will focus on higher education capacity building,” Denu said. “As a Fulbright awardee, I serve as a cultural ambassador for the U.S. Receiving this highly competitive award for the second time is a great honor. A global perspective always enhances how I engage with the world around me. It brings breadth and depth to my life, research, teaching, leadership, and service.”

Denu previously received a Fulbright Award to South Africa in 2002, where she studied racial and gender issues. She has published a number of books and scholarly articles on racial and gender issues, including African-American matters and international relations.

Denu received her B.A. in Sociology from Vanguard University and her M.S.W. in Social Administration from Temple University before earning her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Florida.

Denu teaches several courses at APU, including Comparative Family Systems and a Capstone Leadership Project.

The Fulbright Program currently awards only 1,900 grants per year out of hundreds of thousands of applicants. APU boasts 15 Fulbright faculty members since 2002.

The Fulbright Program is an international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government designed to “increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.” Fulbright participants receive the opportunity to study, teach, conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. Since the program’s origin in 1946, there have been approximately 370,000 Fulbright participants.

Kimberly Denu, Ph.D.
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