- Fulbright Award (1992)
Reja-e Busailah is a professor emeritus of humanities at IU Kokomo. He first joined IU Kokomo’s faculty in 1965 where he taught English literature for thirty years. Busailah held visiting professorships at Birzeit University in West Bank and Muhammad V University in Rabat, Morocco. Prior to his time at IU, he helped establish and taught at a school for the blind in Kuwait. He also founded Project Loving Care, a program that helps Palestinian children, in 1967 serving as director until 1991. Busailah earned a B.A. in English Literature from Cairo University in 1953, a M.A. in Special Education from Hunter College in 1955, and a Ph.D. in English Literature from New York University in 1972. As a published poet and author, Busailah received a 2018 Palestine Book Award for his book, In the Land of My Birth: A Palestinian Boyhood. He also received a Fulbright award in 1992 to research Palestinian poetry during the 1930s and 1940s at Mohammed V University in Morocco.