Seven University of Colorado Boulder faculty and staff have received Fulbright grants to pursue research, teaching and training abroad during the 2013-14 academic year.
Those who have accepted Fulbright grants and their destination countries are: Clarence “Skip” Ellis, professor emeritus of computer science, Ghana; Paul Erhard, professor of double bass, India; Nan Goodman, professor of English, Turkey; Kevin Krizek, professor of environmental design, Italy; Jodi Schneiderman, program manager for international employment, Germany; Elisabeth Sheffield, associate professor of English, United Kingdom; and Mark Williams, professor of geography and fellow of the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research, Nepal. An eighth faculty member, Jeffrey DeShell, professor of English and creative writing, was offered a grant to teach in Norway but was unable to accept the award.
Ellis will head to Ashesi University in Accra, Ghana, in January 2014 to teach for the semester. His course -- World Simulation: Culture, Technology and Ethics -- will examine how various governments around the world work, teasing out ethical, economic, social and political factors. Goodman will teach the upcoming spring semester at Boğaziçi University in Istanbul. She will teach courses on the American novel and the law, as well as women’s fiction. She’ll also be doing research on the connections between the New England Puritans and their Ottoman counterparts.
Krizek, who also is outreach and education coordinator and transportation fellow at the CU Environmental Center, currently is in Bologna, Italy. He is researching the role of community design and bicycling in promoting sustainable cities in Italy and beyond for an upcoming book and his website, http://www.vehicleforasmallplanet.com. Schneiderman, who also is a career counselor at CU-Boulder’s Career Services, returned last week from two weeks in Fulbright’s International Education Administrators Program in Berlin. She also visited Strasbourg, France, and learned about both countries’ higher education systems in order to better serve international students on the CU-Boulder campus and to encourage study abroad.
Erhard’s project involves research in India on the use of the tanbura -- a long-necked stringed instrument -- as an aid for developing musical perception and intonation. Sheffield will research and lecture in the United Kingdom on the representation of violence in contemporary Irish and American fiction.
The Fulbright program, which is sponsored by the U.S. State Department and chooses participants based on academic merit and leadership potential, operates in more than 155 countries. Roughly 800 U.S. scholars and 800 international visiting scholars receive awards each year.