Sondés Kahouli has come to Northwest College from the University of Western Brittany (Brest) in France as part of the Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence Program. She’ll teach at NWC for a …
Sondés Kahouli has come to Northwest College from the University of Western Brittany (Brest) in France as part of the Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence Program. She’ll teach at NWC for a semester and perform research in southern Wyoming.
Kahouli teaches international business and corporate finance. She said her students have been curious about French culture and economics.
“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,” Kahouli said. “We rather refer to several business/economic systems in the framework of insightful comparative analysis.”
As for educational practices, she described her teaching experience as “highly rewarding.”
“I work in privileged conditions where colleagues are constantly helpful,” she said.
Kahouli earned her Ph.D. in economics with highest honors from the University of Nantes in western France. 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.
Kahouli’s 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.
One of her publications — focused on the relationship between energy and income poverty in the residential sector — recently received the Energy Journal Campbell Watkins Best Paper Award.
Kahouli said 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 that brought Kahouli to NWC assists U.S. institutions with programs of academic exchange. About 30 institutions in the U.S. participated in the Scholar-in-Residence program during the 2019-2020 academic year.
The program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, was established in 1946 under legislation introduced by Sen. J. William Fulbright of Arkansas. 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.