Thursday, October 6, 2011


For the second post in a row, I am deviating from what has been the usual subject matter of this blog to share some exciting career news.

Back in the spring of this year, I decided to apply for the Fulbright Specialist Program. Unlike a traditional Fulbright award, for which you propose a research project to be completed in another country, the Specialist Program appoints you to a roster of experts in various fields who are then paired up with overseas institutions for two-to-six week mini-grants. Instead of working on a project of your own, you are there to help the requesting country/institution with a local problem or project.

Since English literature is not one of the areas in which you can apply for the Specialists Program, and since most of my published work has been in the area of teaching and learning in higher education, I applied as an expert in higher education teaching, learning, and administration. My application specified that I could work with new faculty or graduate students on developing their teaching skills, on helping graduate students apply for jobs at American universities, on helping establish or develop Honors Programs, or on working on cheating or academic integrity issues.

Last week I received the happy news that my application was accepted, and that I will be on the Fulbright Specialist roster for the next five years. This program fits much more easily into my life than a traditional Fulbright Program, which generally requires a semester or full year abroad. If all of my children were smaller, I might have been able to manage the logistics of a semester abroad with my family, but with the age range now from fifteen down to seven, covering high school down to second grade, I didn't think we could pull it off.

Hopefully sometime soon I'll get my next big news from Fulbright, letting me know that they have a match for me somewhere in the world.

If any readers of this post have been a part of the Specialist Program, I'd love to hear how your experience was—so by all means please share below, and let me know what to expect!

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