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IIE PROGRAM PROFILE The Fulbright Visiting Scholar Occasional Lecturer Fund: A Tool to Help Internationalize Your Campus By Alma Ford and Peter VanDerwater Natalya Pak, Fulbright Visiting Scholar from Kazakhstan, visits Palomar Community College as part of her project: “Integration of the Republic of Kazakhstan into the Global Educational Community.” and culture and presented a slide show of Romanian cities and landscapes. • A Nigerian Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence at LeMoyne-Owen College (Tennessee) participated in a panel discussion on Islam and Africa at a conference sponsored by Norfolk State University (Virginia), in conjunction with the World Affairs Council of Greater Hampton Roads. He also spoke on “Islam in Africa: Past and Present.” • A Brazilian Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence at Fairfield University (Connecticut) was invited to visit two Hispanic-serving institutions: the University of La Verne (California) and Universidad Metropolitana (Puerto Rico). The guest lecturer spoke about the synergy among social inequalities, models of resource utilization, and global climate change. Over the last few years, OLF has experienced exponential growth as an increasing number of institutions have become aware of this low-cost opportunity to help them realize their goals of internationalizing their campuses. CIES expects this growth to continue as the organization works to promote the value of the program to both Fulbright Visiting Scholars and the U.S. institutions that ■ host them. The Fulbright Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, is the U.S. government’s flagship international exchange program and is supported by the people of the United States and partner countries around the world. For more information, visit fulbright.state.gov. The Fulbright Scholar Program is administered by CIES, a division of the Institute of International Education. Alma Ford is the Program Officer for the Scholar-in-Residence Program and Occasional Lecturer Fund. Peter VanDerwater is Director of Outreach for CIES. THE OCCASIONAL LECTURER Fund (OLF) provides financial support to Fulbright Visiting Scholars who are currently in the U.S. to accept guest lecturing invitations at colleges and universities throughout the country. The Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program, administered by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State in cooperation with the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES), a division of the Institute of International Education (IIE), awards small travel grants through the Occasional Lecturer Fund to enable Fulbright Visiting Scholars to: • Share their specific research interests with a wider audience; • Speak on the history and culture of their countries; • Exchange ideas with U.S. students, faculty, and community organizations; • Become better acquainted with U.S. higher education; and • Create linkages between their home and host institutions. To apply to receive an Occasional Lecturer Fund Travel Award, Visiting Scholars must submit to CIES a formal letter of invitation from an institution, which indicates the dates of the visit and the lecture topic, at least one month before the planned visit. Scholars are responsible for making their own travel arrangements, and they will receive the award only after the Occasional Lecturer Fund visit. Visiting Fulbright Lecturers have engaged in the following activities in the past: • Department- or campus-wide lectures to students and faculty; • Lectures in classrooms where the scholar can make a contribution to the discipline; • Faculty meetings that allow for an exchange of ideas; • Informal gatherings of students and faculty; and 54 • Meetings with community organizations or religious groups that have a special interest in international relations. Throughout the academic year, faculty and administrators of U.S. colleges and universities identify scholars to invite to their campuses for Occasional Lecturer Fund visits by consulting the Directory of Fulbright Visiting Scholars, which is posted on the CIES website (www.cies.org/olf) in early October. Institutions wishing to invite a Fulbright Scholar for an Occasional Lecturer Fund visit should develop a comprehensive plan of activities and arrangements to share with the scholar in advance of the proposed visit. Host institutions are asked to provide Occasional Lecturers with local transportation, accommodations, and meals. Institutions should also provide the scholar with a formal letter of invitation as early as possible. The length of the lecturer’s stay at the institution will depend on the particular interests of the academic community or organization and the facilities available. The period should allow an opportunity for the scholar to become acquainted with the host institution. A program of two to three days is suggested; a longer period may be advisable if visits to several institutions are planned. Due to limited funding, each scholar is typically eligible for only one OLF-supported trip. However, scholars may apply for multiple Occasional Lecturer Fund visits as long as those involve visits to minority-serving institutions and to institutions or organizations working with the physically challenged. A few recent examples of OLF activities include: • A Romanian Fulbright Visiting Scholar at the University of Colorado Denver visited Hostos Community College of The City University of New York, where he spoke to faculty and students at Hostos Community College about Romania’s higher education http://www.cies.org/olf http://fulbright.state.gov http://www.naylornetwork.com/iie-nxt/

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of IIE Network - Spring 2012

A Message from Allan E. Goodman
News
2012 IIE Andrew Heiskell Awards for Innovation in International Education
IIENetworker University Presidents Interview Series: Renu Khator, University of Houston
Overcoming “Publish or Perish”: Fostering Faculty Engagement in Internationalization through Tenure Codes and Other Employment Policies
Engaging Science Faculty in Internationalization: Teaching Innovations at UW-Madison
Early-College Study Abroad: A Gateway for Faculty Engagement in Internationalization
Promoting Engagement in Curriculum Internationalization
The International Network of Universities (INU): The Consortium for Global Citizenship
Ten Elements of Faculty Involvement in Global Engagement
Building an Interculturally Competent Faculty
A Shrinking World with Expanding Visions: Faculty as Key Players in Internationalization
China’s Policies on Overseas Faculty Recruitment
Overcoming the “American Bubble”: The Norwegian Partnership Programme (PPNA) for Collaboration in Higher Education with North America
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