Wingate Faces

Economics professor receives Fulbright grant

Wingate University Associate Professor of Economics Peter Frank was awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to teach economics at a university in Chisinau, Moldova. He began his six month assignment in January 2012.

Frank is one of approximately 1,100 faculty and professionals from the U.S., who travel abroad through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program in 2011-12. Recipients are chosen on the basis of academic or professional achievement and leadership potential within their fields.

Based at the Academy of Economic Studies in the capital city of Chisinau, his project title is: The Economic and Political Systems of Eastern Europe and the Developing World. “Moldova is a fascinating country to teach and research, as it has developed economically much slower than other Eastern European counties since its independence from the Soviet Union in 1991,” Frank said. “It is the poorest country in Europe in terms of income per capita with an economy heavily dependent on agriculture.”

Frank, who is from Mansfield, OH, is entering his ninth year of teaching at Wingate University. He will take his expertise in economic development to educate the undergraduate and graduate students. The official language is Romanian, but the majority of students also speak English.

Frank’s wife and four children, who range in age from two years old to eleven years old are accompanying him during his fellowship.

The Fulbright Scholar Program is limited to college and university faculty with a terminal degree in their field and at least five years of college or university teaching experience. “Dr. Frank’s teaching responsibilities at Wingate involve the global perspectives core courses in economics and political science, as well as various levels of undergraduate and graduate economics courses offered through the University’s Porter B. Byrum School of Business,” said Dr. Martha Asti, Wingate University senior vice president for academic affairs. “We are pleased that Dr. Frank has been recognized as a Fulbright Scholar and look forward to connecting with Moldova through the opportunities the Fulbright program will provide for him.”