At the beginning of spring semester, Northwest College welcomed Fulbright Scholar Sondès Kahouli from the University of Western Brittany (Brest), France, to campus. She’s currently teaching Corporate Finance and International Business.
Sondès earned her Ph.D. in economics with highest honors from the University of Nantes. Throughout her career in academia, she’s been a research scholar, selected for a variety of fellowships and had research featured in numerous prestigious peer-reviewed journals.
Her research focuses on issues related to energy transition such as public discounting and energy investment; employment impacts of energy innovations; energy poverty; energy efficiency and income poverty; energy efficiency and health; transportation cost and local taxation.
She’s published several articles in different international journals, and recently one of her articles that focuses on the relationship between energy and income poverty in the residential sector received the Energy Journal Campbell Watkins Best Paper Award.
“I teach Corporate Finance and International Business, and I still devote some of my time to research activities,” Sondès said. “Through the content of courses that I teach, I try to introduce the European economies to my students, but my students and I do not focus only on the European economic system. We rather refer to several business/economic systems in the framework of insightful comparative analysis. In terms of educational practices, my teaching experience is definitely highly rewarding. I work in privileged conditions where colleagues are constantly helpful.”
Sondès also noted that she is enjoying small-town life and the convenience of being able to walk to nearly any destination in Powell with her husband and two sons. She will continue to teach at NWC through the spring semester.
The Fulbright Program was established in 1946 under legislation introduced by then-Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas. The Fulbright Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
The Fulbright Program awards approximately 8,000 grants annually. Roughly 1,600 U.S. students, 4,000 foreign students, 1,200 U.S. scholars and 900 visiting scholars receive awards, in addition to several hundred teachers and professionals. Approximately 370,000 “Fulbrighters” have participated in the program since its inception in 1946.