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SBU Fulbright prof heads to Ethiopia

Southwest Baptist University Associate Professor of Education Delta Cavner gets ready to lead two short-term mission experiences this summer before heading to Ethiopia as a Fulbright Scholar. She will teach, consult and conduct research in Ethiopia during the 2013-2014 academic year. (SBU photo)

BOLIVAR, Mo. — Delta Cavner’s life has been filled with long-term and short-term international mission projects. Now she looks forward to a new adventure — a Fulbright Scholarship to teach, consult and conduct research in Ethiopia during the 2013-14 academic term.

“I feel stretched,” Cavner said. “I feel like God is putting me in places where he’s stretching and preparing me to better serve his purposes in my life.”

The Southwest Baptist University associate professor of education will teach education classes at Addis Ababa University and conduct research from September 2013 through June 2014.

“For the research component, I am going to visit three K-12 schools in three different sized communities, do surveys, interview teachers and observe them in the classroom,” she said.

She also will serve at two Bible schools — one each in Kenya and Ethiopia — to teach a graduate-level research and writing class for area pastors.

This summer, Cavner will lead an SBU faculty team to China for two weeks in May, and then will take student Haley Wech to Thailand for a six-week internship. In Thailand, Cavner will work on program development at several universities and conduct professional development seminars for teachers. The pair also will assist with mission projects.

The Fulbright Program was established in 1946 under legislation introduced by then-Sen. J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, and is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.