Texas Wesleyan University School of Law professor James McGrath (pictured) says he occasionally has to re-examine a letter he received in June from the U.S. State Department, Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs, stating that he would be teaching law at Beijing University of Chemical Technology for the 2011-2012 school year. “Sometimes I check the document to make sure I read it correctly,” says McGrath. “I’ll be staying on the campus there.” McGrath is a recipient of a Fulbright Scholar grant, an exchange program sponsored by the State Department, and will be teaching, in English, an introduction to U.S. law course and a course on courts and remedies. “It’s a full university with a school of law and humanities as well,” he says. “I can’t wait. Not for one minute am I taking this for granted at all.” He’ll be in Beijing from August until July 2012 and will return to teach at the Fort Worth law school. McGrath is excited that the grant includes funds to hire a tutor to help him learn Mandarin while he is in China. “Mandarin is very difficult for me,” he says. “I don’t have a good ear for tones.” McGrath says he’s looking forward to being immersed in a different culture. “I’m going to embrace the way people live over there," he says.
-- Jeanne Graham