Zucker Family School of Education cadet selected for Fulbright Student Award
James McManus earns numerous top awards; headed to Norway to teach
A member of The Citadel Class of 2016 will be headed to Oslo, Norway to teach English after being selected for a Fulbright U.S. Student Award. Cadet James McManus, of Mendham, New Jersey, is the regimental academic officer for the South Carolina Corps of Cadets, and a leading education major in the college’s Zucker Family School of Education. In addition to earning a Fulbright fellowship, the Honors Program student was recently presented with The Citadel Palmetto Medal, one of the college’s highest honors. He also earned the Star of the West Scholarship in his junior year, taking him to Europe to continue his research comparing the public school systems of different countries. (Photo: McManus is seen right/center in photo, receiving the Palmetto Medal with the other two 2016 recipients, Cadet James Urban, and Emmett Davis, Jr.)
“Cadet McManus’s performance epitomizes our leadership development model here at The Citadel. He is a young person of integrity, is dedicated to the success of others, and is a leader of his peers,” said Connie Book, Ph.D., provost and dean of the college. “We are very proud of his Fulbright achievement and look forward to his future success as an educator.”
McManus, who holds dual citizenship in the U.S. and the U.K., is the creator of The Oxford Observer, the home of his ongoing research, and a resource for educators. He is also the chief executive officer of Global Outreach Initiative for the improvement of education in emerging countries and studied at Oxford University’s New College during the spring semester of 2014. McManus is an Eagle Scout, and has been a certified Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) since the age of 17, working as a volunteer with the Mendham and Mendham Township First Aid Squads whenever he is home. During his time at The Citadel he held numerous positions of rank within the Corps of Cadets, including Commander of The Citadel Chorale, and Public Affairs NCO. He was the U.S. Coast Guard auxiliary commanding officer for The Citadel Detachment, and was elected Governor of the South Carolina Student Legislature in 2015.
“I am grateful to have had the involvement and support of mentors, collaborators, colleagues, friends and family in everything I have attempted or achieved. None of it would have happened had I not had the kind of academic and leadership development that cadets receive at The Citadel,” McManus said. “My goal to become a teacher is being realized and I am humbled by the fact that I’ll be doing it as a representative of the United States thanks to the Fulbright program.”
McManus will represent the U.S. as a cultural ambassador, working to enhance the mutual understanding between America and the people of Norway. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program offers research, study and teaching opportunities in more than 140 countries to recent graduates and graduate students based on the fundamental principle of international partnerships and cultural understanding.
McManus graduates with a Bachelor of Science in Social Studies Education and a minor in Fine Arts. He will begin his Fulbright assignment in August, splitting his time teaching English there between the Norwegian University of Life Sciences and Ås Upper Secondary School.