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Ohio University staff member receives Fulbright to work in Ireland

Karin Sandell
Karin Sandell
ATHENS, Ohio -- Karin Sandell, director of the Center for Teaching Excellence at Ohio University, recently received a Fulbright Senior Specialists grant in education at National College of Ireland. She will spend six weeks at the college, located in Dublin, helping faculty and staff to develop the capacity and resources to support a learning-centered environment.

The Fulbright Senior Specialists Program's purpose is to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. While abroad, grantees undertake new activities, ranging from conducting teacher training and development and assessing curricula or educational materials to leading seminars, workshops or conducting needs assessments. The program was created to complement the traditional Fulbright Scholar Program, which was started in 1946.

"The traditional Fulbright Scholar Program offers grants ranging from two months to an academic year, and some academics and professionals find it difficult to be away overseas for that length of time," said Patti McGill Peterson, executive director of the Council for International Exchange of Scholars, the organization that manages the Fulbright Scholar Program. "The new Senior Specialists Program offers them another option."

The Senior Specialists Program offers two-to-six-week grants to leading U.S. academics and professionals to support curricular and faculty development as well as institutional planning at academic institutions in 140 countries around the world. The program aims to increase the number of faculty and professionals who have the opportunity to go abroad on a Fulbright.

Sandell encourages other faculty members to share their experience through the Fulbright Senior Scholars Program. "It broadens your own perspectives in ways you can work with your own faculty and staff and helps you to be more open to different perspectives, abilities and realities," she said.

Sandell was invited to apply for this Fulbright position because she is on the roster of senior specialists after having been a Fulbright scholar several years ago in Namibia. While there, Sandell led faculty development workshops on teaching and learning.

The Fulbright Scholar Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and managed by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars. More information on the program is available at www.cies.org.

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Media Contact: Fulbright Program Coordinator Elizabeth Clodfelter, (740) 593-2302 or clodfele@ohio.edu

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