Provost and Dean of Faculty Titilayo Ufomata has received the prestigious Fulbright International Education Administrator (IEA) Seminar Award in France. The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program. Fulbright recipients have become heads of state, judges, ambassadors, cabinet ministers, CEOs, and university presidents, as well as leading journalists, artists, scientists and teachers, as well as received 53 Nobel Prizes.
“I am very grateful and excited to be a Fulbright awardee,” says Ufomata, who will take part in the IEA Fulbright program in cooperation with the Franco-American Commission for Education Exchange later this year. “It is a great honor and the realization of one of my professional dreams.”
This spring, Ufomata joins a record-breaking six HWS students to earn the Fulbright award in a single year. Cydney Chibnall ’15, Katherine Cornell ’15, Jeanine Cryan ’15, Georgia Decker ’15, Jordyn Dezago ’15 and Christopher Troy ’15 were all recently chosen from a highly competitive field of applicants to receive the award. HWS recently was among the colleges and universities that produced the most 2013-2014 Fulbright U.S. Students.
The two-week program will give her the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the French and European higher education environment and to broaden the study abroad opportunities available to HWS students in France. Ufomata says that participating in the IEA Seminar will enable her to make connections and identify potential institutional exchange partners to open up more opportunities for the roughly 60 percent of HWS students who choose to participate in off-campus study.
“Hobart and William Smith are known as a great institution for study abroad and international exchange,” Ufomata says. “This is one of the many ways to enhance our globalization and participation on the international stage. Participating in the program will expand my own professional horizon as well,” says Ufomata, who will travel through Paris, Rennes, and Strasbourg on the program. “While I have studied and taught at very exciting institutions in Nigeria, England and the United States, and undertaken other academic journeys to other countries, I have never participated academically in France.”
As Chief Academic Officer at the Colleges, Ufomata is responsible for all academic functions and the faculty. She provides executive level oversight for global education which, according to her, is “run excellently by Associate Dean for Global Education, Tom D’Agostino, and his team.”
Prior to joining the Colleges, Ufomata was Associate Provost and Distinguished Professor at Kentucky State University. In addition to the Fulbright, Ufomata is also a recipient of the Associateship of the African Gender Institute, University of Cape Town; the British Academy Visiting Fellowship at the University College London; and is a Laureate of the Council for Development of Social Science Research in Africa. Ufomata received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English (Ibadan, Nigeria) and attended the University College London where she earned a second master’s degree and a Ph.D. in Phonetics. She is an alumna of Harvard University’s Institute for Educational Management, the HERS (Higher Education Resource Services) program designed to advance women leaders in higher education administration. She has also participated in the Aspen Institute Deans Seminar. Ufomata is commissioned a Kentucky Colonel for honorable contribution to the Commonwealth of Kentucky.