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K-State Today

April 27, 2023

Coffey selected for Fulbright Specialist Program

Submitted by Mary Bowen

Brian Coffey

Brian Coffey, an associate professor in the agricultural economics department, was selected to serve a three-year tenure in the highly competitive Fulbright Specialist Program. Specialists are selected based on their knowledge, skill sets and ability to make a significant contribution to projects overseas.

"I am honored to be added to the Fulbright Specialist roster," Coffey said. "The program offers a great opportunity for collaboration across universities and cultures."

Fulbright Specialists are matched with international host institutions to share their expertise and build capacity and relationships through seminars and workshops, consulting on faculty and workforce development, developing academic curricula and lecturing to undergraduate and graduate students. Specialists learn about other cultures while gaining international experience. Approximately 150 countries participate in the program, and projects last between two and six weeks.

"Teaching or working across cultures is challenging but offers extensive benefits to all involved," Coffey said. "During the three-year term, I hope to find project opportunities for international collaboration in teaching, student advising and research that plant seeds for longer-term relationships between K-State and host institutions."

Allen Featherstone, professor and agricultural economics department head, believes the opportunity for faculty to collaborate internationally benefits both the individual and the department.

"We were pleased to learn of Dr. Coffey's selection to the Fulbright Specialist Program. The honor is well-deserved," Featherstone said. "His international experiences and scholarly work will be a great asset to this department. Coffey will share his experiences and knowledge gained with the department and students in the classroom."

Coffey teaches undergraduate courses in production economics and futures markets. His research focus includes livestock and meat economics, risk management, and scholarship of teaching and learning. Before joining K-State in 2015, Coffey taught for several years in Central Asia and consulted for a variety of small, private agribusinesses in the region.