Hollowell Family Headed to Xi’an, China

  • Fayette Woman
  • Travel
  • Jun 25, 2012

Clayton State University Associate Professor of Education Dr. Mary Hollowell and her family will be heading to the home of the Terracotta Warriors in 2013. The Hollowells are residents of Peachtree City.

Following a meeting between Nathan Keltner of the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, and representatives of Shaanxi Normal University (SNNU) in Xi’an, China, Hollowell will be teaching American Educational Policy and American Children’s Literature in English to Chinese college students at SNNU for the spring and summer of 2013. The capital of Shaanxi Province in central-northwest China, Xi’an is also home to the famous Terracotta Warriors, a collection of sculptures that depict the armies of Emperor Qin Shi Huang. A form of funerary art, the 8,000 plus statutes were buried with the emperor sometime around 210 B.C., to both protect him in the afterlife, and to make sure that he still had subjects to rule over.

Of more recent significance, Hollowell is going to China on a Fulbright Teaching Scholarship. Clayton State faculty members have previously earned a half dozen short-term Fulbright-Hays Grants, but this is the University’s first Fulbright Teaching Scholarship. Journeying to Xi’an from Peachtree City with Hollowell will be daughters Kate and Sophie Mei. Husband Scott Hollowell, who has business commitments in the spring, will join the rest of the family later in the year. The Hollowells have previously journeyed to China to adopt daughter Sophie Mei.

News of Hollowell’s appointment has already appeared on the SNNU website, http://news.snnu.edu.cn/bencandy.php?fid=1&id=8916, although only readers of Chinese pictographs will be able to completely appreciate the story as it appears there. An English version of the SNNU website is available at http://english.snnu.edu.cn/. From the SNNU website, it is clear that the fit between SNNU and Hollowell, one of the nation’s most respected and well-known children’s advocates, and one of Georgia’s foremost teacher educators, is a good one.

“Shaanxi Normal University (SNNU) is one of the key institutions of higher learning directly affiliated to Ministry of Education and it entered `211 Project University’ in 2006. It is an important base of fostering teachers of higher education, middle school education and educational administrative cadres. It is regarded as `the cradle of teachers’ in Northwest China.” reads the SNNU homepage.

Hollowell’s Fulbright award comes from the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FSB), the presidentially appointed 12-member board that is responsible for establishing worldwide policies for the Fulbright Program and for selection of Fulbright recipients. Hollowell’s grant is made possible through funds that are appropriated annually by the U.S. Congress and, in many cases, by contributions from partner countries and/or the private sector.

“The U.S. Department of State describes the Fulbright program as, `…the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the United States Government,’” says Clayton State President Dr. Thomas J. Hynes. “Professor Hollowell’s award recognizes her contributions as teacher and scholar, and brings praise for her and Clayton State University. We are honored that she is our colleague.”

A former public school science teacher and museum director of education, and a member of the Society for the Study of Social Problems, Hollowell was awarded the 2010 Equity & Social Justice Advocacy Award from the National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME), on the nomination by fellow Clayton State faculty member, Assistant Professor of Teacher Education Dr. Mari Roberts.

A unit of the University System of Georgia, Clayton State University is an outstanding comprehensive metropolitan university located 15 miles southeast of downtown Atlanta.





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