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FAU Professor to Serve as German Research Ambassador

BOCA RATON, Fla. (October 9, 2013) – Taylor Hagood, professor of American Literature in Florida Atlantic University’s Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, has been selected to serve as a research ambassador for the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) for 2013-14. DAAD is the German national agency for the support of international academic cooperation.

This year, the research ambassador program is honoring 23 individuals who have conducted a long-term research project in Germany at the doctoral level or above. At the end of August, the research ambassadors took part in a two-day seminar addressing the latest developments in German higher education and research. They have now returned to their respective campuses and will serve as liaisons for DAAD in the United States and Canada to promote research opportunities in Germany among their colleagues, peers and students.

Hagood was a Fulbright Gastprofessor at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität-München in Munich, Germany, during the 2009-10 academic year. During that time, he taught and conducted research for his forthcoming book Faulkner, Writer of Disability. Hagood has been an unofficial promoter of research and teaching in Germany ever since his experience there.

“There are tremendous benefits in intellectual exchange for both countries,” said Hagood. “FAU students and researchers stand to gain a great deal from working with German researchers, scholars, and institutions. The country has a rich history of research and intellectual pursuit and is currently in a strong economic position to focus on academic, industrial and medical research. Being part of one of Germany’s well-funded research programs presents the opportunity to gain a broadened perspective and make professional connections that are so important in an increasingly globalized economic, political, and cultural climate.”

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Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University, with an annual economic impact of $6.3 billion, serves more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students at sites throughout its six-county service region in southeast Florida. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University is placing special focus on the rapid development of three signature themes – marine and coastal issues, biotechnology and contemporary societal challenges – which provide opportunities for faculty and students to build upon FAU’s existing strengths in research and scholarship. For more information, visit

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