- Fulbright Award (1991)
Salih Altoma is a professor emeritus of near eastern languages and cultures at the Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies and an adjunct professor emeritus of comparative literature at IU. He earned his B.A. from Baghdad University in 1952 and his Ed.D. from Harvard University in 1957. Professor Altoma joined IU’s faculty in 1964. During his tenure, he also served as director of the Middle Eastern Studies Program from 1986-1991 and chair of the near eastern languages and cultures department from 1985-1991. Altoma received several fellowships including Harvard Research Fellowship, Indiana University Ford International Program Fellowship, National Endowment for Humanities, American Research Center in Egypt Fellowship and Fulbright Fellowship. In 2014, he received the Middle East Studies Association Mentoring Award for his exceptional teaching and contributions to Middle East studies.