UNF professors receive Fulbright U.S. Scholar awards

They will travel to the Philippines and Taiwan to participate in the international exchange program.

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  • | 9:50 a.m. June 9, 2023
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Two University of North Florida educators are 2023-24 Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program award recipients, according to news releases from the university.


Tes Tuason, professor and director of UNF’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling program, will collaborate with Filipino colleagues on a research study to clarify the cultural differences found in two previously conducted quantitative studies on coping with COVID-19 in the U.S. and the Philippines.

The goal of the proposed research is to study culturally unique coping mechanisms of spirituality and sense of agency, emotional and social loneliness in the Philippines.

Tuason also will teach a course at Saint Louis University in Baguio, Philippines, in its Ph.D. program in clinical psychology. The course will focus on intergenerational trauma and treatment.

Nicholas de Villiers, professor of English and film, also received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program award for the 2023-24 academic year from the U.S. Department of State and the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

de Villiers

He will conduct a literature and film-studies research and teaching project at National Central University in Taiwan at the Center for the Study of Sexualities. The research will build and expand upon his previously published books “Sexography: Sex Work in Documentary” (2017) and “Cruisy, Sleepy, Melancholy: Sexual Disorientation in the Films of Tsai Ming-liang” (2022).

The Fulbright program is an international educational exchange initiative intended to increase mutual understanding between the people of the U.S. and other countries.



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