Professor ready to research abroad

Dr. Karen Cody selected for research program in Africa

By Luis Montoya
On April 21, 2016

    A professor of French and Spanish in the Department of English and Modern Languages, has been selected for the Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad Program this summer. Dr. Karen Cody will conduct research in the West African Research Center in Dakar located in Senegal for a six to eight week period. 
“It is humbling and fascinating to be named a Full-Bright Scholar,” Cody said. “I am still in shock.”
   The trip to Senegal will focus on the question of diversity and its contribution in the culture of Senegal. Research will include looking at the country as a whole and how the democratic country was once a French colony. Factors that Cody will personally research will include the education system and ethnic identity of different groups that inhabit Senegal. “At Senegal we will get to meet many important people from the government, policy makers, ministers and native villagers,” Cody said. “Getting to know people from Senegal will be essential to the research.”
   From the many applicants, only Cody and 15 others from across the nation were granted to participate in the summer seminar. “The application process was very long and overwhelming,” Cody said. “There’s just simply too many people to thank that have contributed to the chain event that resulted in this opportunity, but it does start out with my parents.” Cody learned about the program through many avenues ASU offers, one being the Foreign Speakers Program at ASU, where Cody is a member and invites foreign speakers to campus to talk about foreign affairs. “This opportunity will help me as a professor by giving me additional anecdotes,” Cody said. “Everything a professor teaches inside and outside the classroom comes from life experiences and I will definitely have new fresh experiences that will help me in teaching, such as the relation between language and society.”
   Senior Cesar Amezcua, who had Cody for psycholinguistics, says he enjoyed her class due to her passion in teaching and her creativity. “I am very happy for Dr. Cody for being granted this opportunity,” Ameszcua said. “There is no other person more passionate about her career than she is.” Born in San Angelo, Dr. Karen Cody has been in ASU since 2001, teaching French and Spanish. While she was in high school, she was an exchange student and travelled to France. “In that summer I learned French,” Cody said. “However, learning how to speak French and learning how to write French are two completely different things.”

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