NKU social work professor selected for Fulbright Scholar Specialists project


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HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – Northern Kentucky University professor Dr. Linda Wermeling has been selected for a Fulbright Scholar Specialists project and will travel to Ukraine this fall to assist in social work curriculum development at Volodymyr Hnatyuk Ternopil National Pedagogical University in Ukraine.

She is one of just 400 U.S. faculty and professionals who will travel abroad this year as part of the prestigious Fulbright Scholar Specialists Program, which pairs prominent U.S. faculty and professionals with academic institutions around the world in need of their expertise.

Wermeling specializes in applying a problem-based, team-based approach to social work education. At Volodymyr Hnatyuk Ternopil National Pedagogical University, she will advise social work faculty in curriculum development, conduct faculty seminars, and consult with university administrators over the course of three weeks.

“Linda has a passion for educating others about social work and for international programs. Being selected for this elite opportunity as a Fulbright Scholar Specialist illustrates the quality of her work and the depth of her commitment to providing high quality learning and leadership opportunities that promote success for students, faculty and leaders in the Ukraine as well as here at NKU,” said Dr. Cindy Reed, Dean of the College of Education and Human Services.

Wermeling has extensive experience in international social work, particularly in post-Communist nations.

In 2012, she traveled to Cuba to conduct research among that nation’s social work community. In 2013, she traveled to Moldova to help faculty and government officials develop the nation’s first Master of Social Work program at the Free International University in Chisinau.

She serves on the board of directors of Project Casa Mare, an international project to develop and promote the social work profession in Cuba, Moldova and other post-Communist nations.

In 2014, Wermeling was selected for a five-year appointment to the Fulbright Scholar Specialists Program. Appointments are peer-reviewed and approved by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FFSB). The Fulbright Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.

Wermeling is an associate professor of social work in the Department of Counseling, Social Work and Leadership in NKU’s College of Education and Human Services.

She was a member of NKU’s first social work class and later contributed to the design of the University’s Master of Social Work program. She has more than 25 years’ experience in social work and more than 15 years’ experience in teaching.

She holds a bachelor’s degree from NKU and a master of social work and doctorate from the University of Kentucky.