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Assistant professor of economics Rebecca Moryl, Ph.D. is the recipient of a Fulbright Award to spend the 2018-2019 academic year teaching applied economics at the University of Kigali in Kigali, Rwanda.
Dr. Moryl's research in economics education has focused on innovation in the classroom and finding ways to help students connect their experiences and everyday life to economics.
"I am excited to bring this 'applied' teaching focus to a new educational setting and develop new methods to achieve the goals of economics education," Dr. Moryl said. "I also look forward to sharing my expertise with the faculty there, and to learning from their techniques and skills. Exchanging teaching methods and strategies among people passionate about economics is something I love about my work."
Both as an economics scholar and as a professor, Dr. Moryl anticipates her time in Rwanda will add much to the experiences she can bring to the Emmanuel classroom by way of making international and economic development real for students—just as her 2016 Whiting fellowship to South Africa bolstered her teaching in the areas of urban and environmental economics.
Moryl noted that she has considered applying for a Fulbright for a few years, and as a travel lover, she is excited to explore another corner of the world.
"As I tell my advisees, I think that international travel is one of the best ways to develop curiosity, empathy and understanding of our world and the people in it," she said. "This opportunity in Rwanda to meet their need to develop expertise in applied economics seemed an amazing opportunity and fit for my expertise. Rwanda is one of the fastest growing economies in Africa, and it will be a classroom for me to see what they have done and are doing! It will also be exciting to experience a country that is so often recognized for the engagement of women in positions of leadership."
While the focus of her Fulbright is teaching, "based on the needs and wishes of the host university," Dr. Moryl will also utilize her own research to assist with faculty training and curriculum development in the areas of effective economics pedagogy and current teaching best practices.
The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government's flagship international educational exchange program. Since its inception in 1946, the program has provided more than 380,000 participants with the opportunity to exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. For more, visit http://eca.state.gov/fulbright.