Daniel R. Isbell
2018 Open Study/Research Program
Hankuk University of Foreign Studies
I ended my year in Korea with so much more than I had started with: a baby boy, a complete dissertation, and a tenure-track job! Thanks to my host, Dr. Junkyu Lee at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, I was able to collect data from 200 Korean language learners. I also had the chance to connect with other scholars, including fellow Fulbrighters, and get feedback on my in-progress research. This contributed to a successful dissertation and job search (though the late-night phone interviews were a challenge!) and I now have several papers in the publication pipeline. Beyond professional achievements, I’m glad that I found a little time to enjoy Korea, a truly wonderful country, and I finally scratched “hike Mt. Halla” off of my bucket list!