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Fulbright Scholars & Specialists


Sponsored by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Fulbright program is a highly competitive, merit-based program that fosters international intellectual exchange. The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program sends American faculty members abroad to lecture and/or conduct research for up to a year and the Fulbright Specialist Program sends U.S. faculty to serve as expert consultants on curriculum, faculty development, and institutional planning at overseas academic institutions for a period of two to six weeks.Based on their expertise, the following faculty have served as a Fulbright Scholar or Specialist:


 

 

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Katharine Cartwright

Fulbright Specialist

Greece & Lebanon 

2006-2007


 

 

Esteban

 

 


Daris Hale

Fulbright Scholar

Tanzania 

2010-2011


 

 

Esteban

 

 


Beverly Penn

Fulbright Scholar

Spain 

1989-1990


 

 

Esteban

 

 


Roger Colombik

Fulbright Scholar

Republic of Georgia 

2003


 

 

Esteban

 

 


Hank Hehmsoth

Fulbright Specialist

Chile

2013 & 2016


 

 

Esteban

 

 


Sandy Rao

Fulbright Scholar

India 

2008


 

 

Esteban

 

 


Ian Davidson

Fulbright Specialist

Tanzania

2013, 2014


 

 

Esteban

 

 


Roseann Mandziuk

Fulbright Scholar

Poland

2011


 

 

Esteban

 

 


Philip Salem

Fulbright Specialist

Russia 

2008


 

 

Esteban

 

 


Erina Duganne

Fulbright Scholar

Germany 

2009-2010


 

 

Esteban

 

 


Michael McBride

Fulbright Scholar

Bulgaria & Moldova

1994-1995 & 2005


 

 

Esteban

 

 


Sue Weill

Fulbright Specialist

Jamaica & Canada

2005, 2006


 

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Sandy Rao | Fulbright Scholar

Sandy Rao Fulbright Scholar

Journalism & Mass Communication
India| 2008
Lecturing and Research: Communication Education at Manipal Academy of Higher Education

Incredible Time in Incredible India

"Winds of change had blown over India due to privatization since I came to the US in 1989. The Fulbright Scholar Award gave me an opportunity to go back to my native India, “reconnect” and be part of the exciting new information hub in Asia. During spring 2008 I taught graduate courses in media writing and new media at Manipal University in the West Coast of India in my home state of Karnataka. The University had thousands of international students from mainly from Malaysia, and the Middle East but also from about 50 different countries around the world. I was also able to create and launch India’s first academic center for media and marketing communication research at the Manipal Institute of Communication. The University was located 10 minutes from the Malpe Beach. I took the opportunity to carry out research with the help of my students on mobile phone uses by different groups of people there including fishermen.

I was given a furnished apartment in a guesthouse and paid under a dollar for tasty buffets at the cafeteria adjacent to the guesthouse. Vendors brought imported fruits to our doorstep and a laundryman collected clothes that had to be washed and ironed. Among the highlights of my stay were the many trips I took for work and pleasure. Above all I had the pleasure of going to Bangalore, my hometown, off and on and stay in my parents’ house where I grew up. I met my old friends and family members and even got to see Tennis greats Venus and Serena play against each other in the Bangalore Open! A Fulbright experience, they say, is a life-changing experience. For me, it was extra special because I was following in my father’s footsteps. Many years ago, he came to the U.S. from India on a Fulbright Award and his educational and cultural experiences served as an inspiration to me. I had an incredible time in Incredible India."

Hank Hehmsoth | Fulbright Senior Specialist

Hank Hehmsoth | Fulbright Senior Specialist

Music
Chile | 2013
Teaching American Studies & Jazz Music at Instituto Profesional Projazz

One of the Best Ways to be an American

“The Best things in life are not things but transformative ideas and emotions.”

Hank was in Chile 6 weeks, teaching American Studies in Music at the Institut Projazz in Santiago.
He led 4 different seminars:


Session 1: Contemporary Concepts of Composition and Commercial Arranging
Session 2: The Ultimate Finale Experience for Education (Finale is a music publishing software program)
Session 3: Workshop Personal – Professional Website w/Dreamweaver & Photoshop
Session 4: Modern Jazz Improvisation- with Dr. Russell Haight

"In each of these, it takes an American sensibility of fresh concept and practical usage to present these topics to an international audience. The creativity, the real use of computers and software to express yourself and promote yourself world-wide, and the freedom inherent in American Jazz, all suggest that in America, anything is possible. No students in Chile really know how to create websites with pictures, audio, videos, and links to promote themselves to the world stage. It was my great pleasure to be the person doing this under a grant from the U.S. State Department and the Fulbright Commission. I was a Fulbright Senior Specialist teaching these specialized skills that few international university degree plans offer to students. As far as I am concerned, I can think of no better way to spread American goodwill across the world, than in this way. I am proud to be an American in this manner. Plus, I get to play jazz everywhere! I am planning a 2nd visit for the summer of 2016! Also, lastly, while I was there I was invited to join an International Fulbright Arts Selection Council that chose one Chilean student for a complete graduate studies scholarship grant to the USA."  

Sue Weill | Fulbright Specialist

Sue Weill | Fulbright Specialist

Journalism & Mass Communication
Jamaica & Canada | 2005-2006
Providing Seminars and Classes Internationally as Assigned at University of the West Indies,
Caribbean Institute of Media and Communication & Athabasca University

2005 Fulbright Senior Specialist appointment (June 28- August 3):  
Caribbean Institute of Media and Communication (CARIMAC) at the University of the West Indies.

Sue taught Basic Print Journalism and a public relations workshop for non-governmental organization volunteers during her time at CARIMAC. The University of the West Indies students who enrolled in her classes were some of the most dedicated and serious she’s ever had the pleasure to know and they remain in touch all these years later. Sue missed only a couple of days on the UWI campus during her six-week Fulbright appointment and that was when Hurricane Dennis slammed into the island shortly after she arrived. She would like to note, for future reference to others who might be fortunate to have the opportunity to teach and learn in the Caribbean, that it was during the hurricane-related power outages she realized a rickety old fan that kept her almost comfortable during the steamy summer nights in her un-air-conditioned hillside campus apartment, also kept the mosquitoes at bay. She would like to note that, in a crunch, light-weight window curtains can double as effective mosquito nets. Despite dealing with technology that might or might not work, Internet that was intermittent as best, stifling heat, windows without screens, and often feeling homesick, she would do it all again because of the wonderful and kind people she met who truly appreciated the chance to enhance their educations.

2006 Fulbright Senior Specialist appointment (June 12- July 23): 
Athabasca University, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

The purpose of Sue’s Fulbright Senior Specialist project with Athabasca University was to serve the journalists, editors and freelance writers of Canada’s first nations. Sue provided workshops and individual consultations with working journalists and interns at the Aboriginal Multi-Media Society, the First Nations newspaper Windspeaker and CFWE radio. Consultations with writers included discussing story ideas, content revision and specifics of journalistic style. Consultations with editors included how to work with journalists and how to recruit freelance writers through college journalism programs.  Sue remains in touch with journalists and editors from her summer in Edmonton, including Paul Barnesley, who is now the executive producer at APTN, the Aboriginal Peoples’ Television Network, in Winnipeg, Saskatchewan. She and Paul, who was described by the Ryerson Review of Journalism as “one of Canada’s best Aboriginal affairs investigative reporters,” are working to establish a connection between ATPN and the School of Journalism at Texas State. 

Daris Hale | Fulbright Scholar

Daris Hale | Fulbright Scholar

Music
Tanzania | 2010-2011
Lecturing and Research: Professional Writing in the Music Industry & East African
Art Music for Bassoon at Tanzania University & Makumira University College

"The drums beat wildly as I danced toward center stage and jiggled my grass-skirted derriere for a stadium of screaming Tanzanians.

I’m a bassoonist for cryin’ out sakes.  Normally I offer riveting lectures on woodwind literature and perform symphonies for people that would never applaud during movements.  Though none of this seemed relevant to East African music or grass skirts; at least until I became a Fulbright Scholar to Tanzania.  Music bridged the cultural gap and I dance wildly for audiences all over East Africa.

Beyond performing African music, I also collaborated with East African musicians to commission new compositions.  My symphonic colleagues traveled from abroad to perform these world premieres.  All of them, to the man, returned to Tanzania at a later date.  They were all moved by the experience-—it was that powerful.  The people in this region were ridiculously kind, and the students were immensely grateful for my husband and me teaching at the University.

My children, seven and nine, enjoyed afternoons climbing trees, chasing monkeys, fishing, and swimming with the Tanzanian children.  We milked goats, picked mangos, gardened, and raised chickens and that was all inside of our house. 

Returning home was the hardest part, but since our departure, we’ve helped create a multi-million dollar performing arts facility in East Africa; and hosted two Tanzanian graduate students in our home.  I will also continue to gently urge my colleagues to apply for similar opportunities and remind them that they, too, look great in a grass skirt."

Roseann Mandziuk | Fulbright Scholar

Roseann Mandziuk | Fulbright Scholar

Communication Studies
Poland | 2011
Serving as a Professor in Residence Teaching at Warsaw School for Social Sciences and Humanities

"Four seasons of clothing, two classes, and high hopes in two suitcases:  that’s where my Fulbright experience started as my husband and I prepared to depart for Poland in February of 2011 for a six-month adventure that would include teaching two classes (protest movements and consumer culture) and working with staff and faculty at the Warsaw School of Social Sciences and Humanities.  What I did not expect was everything else:  the joys of living in a 62-square meter apartment in the heart of Warsaw’s Old Town, with the historic city square just outside our front door; the incredibly rich history of Warsaw and the country, and the warmth of its people; the opportunity to travel from the Vistula to the Baltic to the Mediterranean to the Rhone; and the diversity and engagement of my students, some who were from Poland, but many more who were from numerous other countries including Moldova ,China, Jamaica, Russia, Korea, Spain, and France.  Part of my story in applying for Poland was that I am second-generation Polish-American, so another great gift of my placement was that I was able to celebrate a traditional Easter and gather for other family events with my relatives in Warsaw and Lublin.  In essence, the Fulbright experience brought me “home” – to discover more about my heritage, to reignite my love of teaching, and to feed the inveterate traveler inside me who found so much more than what she could have ever imagined."

 

Beverly Penn | Fulbright Scholar

Beverly Penn | Fulbright Scholar

Art and Design
Spain, 1989-1990
Received Fulbright Hayes/Spanish Government Grant for Research in Design

"I was a Fulbright scholar in Spain during my first year of teaching at Texas State (then Southwest Texas).  I worked and taught at the Massana School of Art in Barcelona with some of the most important artists and designers in my field, who are still significant friends and colleagues to this day.  I had no idea that the Fulbright experience would help me become part of a close knit international community for life, which has nourished my research and continues to support my work even though decades have intervened.

If truth be told, the start was somewhat rocky, and I had to make some significant adjustments in order to get work done.  In preparation for the Fulbright, I had studied rigorously to meet the Spanish language requirement, only to find that in a passionate surge of post-Franco regionalism, Catalan was becoming the preferred spoken language in Barcelona, especially in artistic and academic circles, even to the extent that speaking in Spanish was considered to be in poor taste.  Then there was the struggle to find a place to live.  In some countries Fulbrights find their own housing, which can be both a blessing and a curse.  My first apartment was right next door to the Barcelona prison, and through my kitchen window I was privy, at all times of day and night, to the sights and sounds of threatening exchanges between irate wives on the street, and their incarcerated husbands shouting back at them through the barred windows of the upper story cell blocks.  Until I moved, it did a lot to dampen research at home base.  When I worked at the Massana School in the Gothic Quarter, the studios were only open between 10 - 2 and 4 - 8.  The school closed religiously each day for the required 2 hour midday meal at nearby cafes, where wine was free with meals, but the water cost extra.  Even though I was on a limited budget it took me only a few days to realize I was going to have to fork out the extra cash if I was going to get anything accomplished at all!

Initial struggles aside, the Fulbright experience changed my life.  Perhaps the most important, rewarding and life-changing aspect of the Fulbright is living inside your research rather than at the comfort of a distance.  Witnessing first-hand is a vital pathway to understanding one's sources, and this is true in both work and in life.  My Fulbright was in 1989 - 1990, a historic moment in world history, and my name was one of 3 lucky names picked out of a hat to represent the Spanish Fulbright contingent at the annual European conference, held that year in Berlin.  Some images are forever etched in one's mind, and I will never, ever forget the life-altering experience of standing at the Brandenburg Gate with the Berlin Wall half in rubble, and half still standing stubbornly waiting for destruction. 

Living in another culture and communicating in a language that is not your mother tongue is both humbling and invigorating - one's perspective is simultaneously that of the curious foreigner and of the confident native, with the heightened awareness  of being both firmly inside a culture's vantage point yet outside of its natural predispositions. The Fulbright offers anyone, at any point in their life's work, an opportunity for "firsts", some planned for, and others a great gift of chance."

Ian Davidson | Fulbright Specialist

Ian Davidson | Fulbright Specialist

Music
Tanzania, 2013
Music Performance and Composition, Faculty Advancement and Evaluation,
& Curriculum and Degree Development at Tanzania University

Ian Davidson went to Makumira University in Tanzania in 2013 and again in 2014 as a Fulbright Senior Specialist. He went to work with students in music composition and to meet with senior faculty, as a consultant, to help develop a plan for the creation of a Master of Music degree that would be the first of its kind in Tanzania.  

As a composer/performer he met with students individually and as a group.  Each student was asked to compose a work for solo oboe that could be presented in concert.  Following some initial discussion of guidelines and a class performance, by Ian, of one of his own works for solo oboe the students were began to compose.  Following a week of composition time, while Ian spent six days on the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro, Ian met individually with each student to work on their pieces.  After another period of  composition time there were more individual sessions and then a final concert where Ian performed each of the studentworks.

As an administrator Ian acted as a consultant.  The purpose of this portion of the Fulbright visit was to observe and recommend an outline for the development of a Master of Music degree.  This included the design of the curriculum, a recommendation for faculty staffing procedures, development of the faculty, and funding for the program.  The project began with the initial with in 2013 by way of observing the existing conditions and meeting with administrators and senior faculty. Ian returned to Tanzania in 2014. Once again he worked with individual students in composition and met with administrators and faculty. Together they created an outline of how a Master of Music degree could be implemented.  

Roger Colombik | Fulbright Scholar

Roger Colombik | Fulbright Scholar

Art and Design
Georia, 2003
Teaching: Comtempoary American Art and the Rise of Public Domain at Republic of Georgia

Prologue

Listen – the first thing that you need to do is buy a gun.  Tomorrow.  Don’t go anywhere without a gun.  You’ll have no problem acquiring one around here, their cheap and easy.

Now look, here’s what you need to do…

This salvo of unsolicited advice was delivered to me at 3am, out on the tarmac as a horde of frozen and irritable passengers were being herded into the back of an ancient Russian military convoy truck.  Interior comforts would not be forthcoming as the temperature inside the terminal seemed to be in a holding pattern with the January frost.  When the sagacious Brit noticed my demure traveling companion, his life lessons quickly turned into a furious reprimand – What is she doing here?  I can’t believe that you brought your wife to this place.  Are you crazy?  I would never bring my family here.  Now look here my boy…

Jerry remained silent, her searing expression conveyed the obvious –

Now, why are we here?

Well, the Brit had it all wrong.  He never awoke to the realization that danger, poverty and a lingering Soviet hangover walked hand in hand with grandeur, benevolence and the collective dream of a civil society.  Here in the shadow of empire, in this land of laughter and tears.

Michael McBride | Fulbright Scholar

Michael McBride | Fulbright Scholar

Mass Communication
Bulgaria & Moldova, 1994-1995 & 2005
Teaching: Mid European Student Advertising Competition at the American University
in Bulgaria & Academy for the Study of Economics in Moldova

"Since I worked several years at SWT/Texas State with my friend & former colleague Mary Ann Stutts in Marketing on co-advising our award-winning multi-disciplinary AAF student advertising competitions, that was my model for proposals accepted that I submitted for my year at the American University in Bulgaria in 1994-95 & for my spring semester at the Academy for the Study of Economics in Moldova in 2005 (my two Fulbright grants). In other words, I recruited students on both campuses for special classes I taught that required them to create plans books & make presentations to professional judges representing the Mid European Student Advertising Competition (that later became the Inter-Ad competition sponsored by the International Advertising Association). In both instances, my teams won third place against quality programs in Europe. I look forward to this event because the Fulbright experiences changed my life far beyond expectations & in the very best ways." 

Erina Duganne | Fulbright Scholar

Erina Duganne | Fulbright Scholar

Art and Design
Germany, 2009-2010
Junior Lecturing: Critical Encounters in American Art and Visual Culture at the University of Potsdam

Philip Salem | Fulbright Specialist

Philip Salem | Fulbright Specialist

Communication Studies
Russia, 2007-2012
Assisting Faculty Administrators with Curricular Issues and Teaching Methods at the Rostov-on-the-Don