Penn State University
Fulbright to Wales
I was initially invited to attend a Fulbright International Colloquium entitled Communication, Health and the Elderly organized by Nikolas Coupland, Howard Giles and John Wiemann held at the University of Wales conference centre, Gregynog Hall, Newtown, Mid Wales, UK in 1988. While at the conference, I engaged the three organizers, each of whom had experience with international scholarship through the Fulbright Association, in the possibility of being awarded a Fulbright research award to study the interpersonal behavior of older adults living independently and well as dependently in the UK. I wrote my Fulbright application with the help of former Fulbrighters Robert Norton and John Wiemann. Nik Coupland, a Professor within the Centre for Applied English Language Studies (now the Center for Language and Communication Research) within Cardiff University, Wales, UK., “sponsored” my research application with the promise of an office, faculty residence, and various appointments at Cardiff University. The faculty within my home department at the University of Oklahoma and the administration within the College of Arts and Sciences supported my extended visit to Cardiff.
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.