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Tuesday – Oct. 22, 2013
HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. - Dr. Linda Wermeling, associate professor of social work at Northern Kentucky University, has been selected for a five-year appointment in the Fulbright Specialist Program.
Fulbright Specialists are consultants with expertise in their academic discipline who collaborate on projects in diverse settings of higher education in a wide range of eligible disciplines and fields. The program promotes linkages between U.S. scholars and professionals and their counterparts at host institutions overseas.
Dr. Judy Voelker, NKU’s Fulbright representative, said the specialist program awards grants for short-term collaborative projects at institutions in over 140 countries. Specialists may be requested to provide academic services such as short-term lecturing, conducting seminars, teacher training, assessments and evaluations, special conferences or workshops, as well as collaborating on faculty development and curriculum or institutional planning.
For several years Dr. Wermling has been consulting with international social work scholars to strengthen social work education and the development of the profession. She completed research with the University of Havana, Cuba, and is on the board of directors of Project Casa Mare, an international organization headquartered in in the Free International University of Moldova (ULIM), Chisinau, Moldova. She recently trained faculty at the University of Moldova and worked with government officials to create the first Master of Social Work program in Moldova, which admitted its first class last month.
“I’m honored to be selected,” Dr. Wermeling said. “It will give me the opportunity to continue the international work I have been doing.”
Dr Francois LeRoy, director of the NKU International Education Center, assisted Dr. Wermeling in obtaining the Fulbright designation. He and Dr. Wermeling are now working on a project with the Department of Social Work at Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. Dr. LeRoy said he believes Dr. Wermeling can assist the university in curriculum development and meeting international social work education standards.
“The Fulbright Specialist Program is active in all world regions,” Dr. L:eroy said. “Therefore, Dr. Wermeling and I are planning for many other future endeavors.”
To be considered for the Fulbright Specialist Program, the U.S .scholar must possess advanced academic expertise beyond teaching and research. Applications are reviewed by peers in their discipline and by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FFSB), which then makes its recommendation. The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and the Institute of International Education’s Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES), subsequently approved Dr. Wermeling for the Specialist roster.
The Fulbright Program was established in 1946 under legislation introduced by then-Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas. The ECA sponsors the program, which awards approximately 8,000 grants annually. About 1,600 U.S. students, 4,000 foreign students, 1,200 U.S. scholars and 900 visiting scholars receive awards, in addition to several hundred teachers and professionals. Approximately 310,000 “Fulbrighters” have participated in the program since its inception. The Fulbright Program currently operates in over 155 countries worldwide.
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