Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis
Fulbright Senior Specialist to Macedonia and Belarus
From 2002-2007 I worked under the auspices of a USAID grant to assist in the development of a new university in Tetovo Macedonia. South East Europe University (SEEU) was created in response to one of the agreements flowing from the Lake Ohrid Accords following a brief civil conflict between the ethnic Macedonians and the ethnic Albanians regarding a number of issues, including the dearth of higher education opportunity for ethnic Albanians. When our USAID grant was completed SEEU wanted me to do some additional workshops, lectures, and consultation and I was brought in twice (December 2007 and February 2008) to work with various groups.
In March of 2012, because I was still on the Senior Specialist roster, I was supported in the guest speakers program to do some lectures at the Belarusian State University, Yanka Kupala University in Grodno, and to present the keynote plenary presentation at a conference held in Grodno Belarus.
Due to my work in both countries, partially supported by Fulbright, I have made many friends and engage in a number of long standing collaborative efforts. Although only a small part of my international work (I currently have projects underway in Indonesia, Vietnam, Azerbaijan based on a private foundation grant, and an extensive history in Poland that began on a USAID grant) I think the Fulbright program offers great opportunities for people to work, meet, and collaborate with colleagues from other countries in ways that enrich both our lives and our scholarship.
The Fulbright International Exchange Program, under the auspices of the US State Department, offers grants to study, teach and conduct research for U.S. citizens to go abroad and non-U.S. citizens to come to the United States. Different programs are available for faculty members, graduate students, and undergraduates. Although most of the programs are for full years, the Fulbright Specialist Program offers stays of 2-6 weeks. Fulbrights are one of the easiest ways for US academics to connect internationally.
By 2014 Fulbright circulated the following information: “As of last year, lifetime limits on Fulbright Scholar Program grants have been lifted, as have waiting periods between grants. This means more flexibility and opportunity to partake in Fulbright experiences throughout your career; you can participate on a semester-long award and not jeopardize your ability to get back on the Roster or your other future participation.” So for those who have already had one Fulbright, consider requesting another!
A few examples of Communication scholars who have been awarded Fulbrights are listed below. If you have completed any of the varieties of Fulbright awards, and wish to have your description added, send an email with details, or post a comment below.
Mara Adelman – Ethiopia
David L. Altheide – Germany and Portugal
Richard Buttny – Malaysia and India
Kevin Barnhurst – Peru and Italy
Donal Carbaugh – Finland
Kristen Cvancara – Finland
Steven Darian – Uzbekistan
Don Ellis – Israel
Glenn Geiser-Getz (Russia & Ghana)
Phillip Glenn – Moldava
Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz – Portugal
Sheila McNamee – Colombia
Tema Milstein – New Zealand
Jon Nussbaum – Wales
Susan Opt – Czech Republic
Todd Sandel – Taiwan
James Schnell – Cambodia
Stacey K. Sowards – Indonesia
John Parrish-Sprowl – Macedonia and Belarus
Ayseli Usluata – USA (from Turkey)
Paul Voakes – Uganda
Joseph Zompetti – Sri Lanka and Brazil
Stories from many of these Fulbrighters (and others) are included in chapter The value of a Fulbright: Internationalizing education one person at a time, published in Internationalizing the communication curriculum in an age of globalization.