Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence Program 2019-20

Each year accredited U.S. colleges and universities submit institutional proposals to host foreign lecturers on their campuses under the Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence {S-I-R} Program. The Program’s general overall objective is to support increased/enhanced internationalization on U.S. college and university campuses and in their surrounding local communities. The program targets U.S. colleges and universities that do not often host foreign scholars and/or institutions that serve minority students – including small liberal arts colleges, community colleges and Minority-serving Institutions (MSIs) such as Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic-serving Institutions, Asian-American and Pacific Islander Serving Institutions, American Indian and Alaskan Native Serving Institutions, including Tribal Colleges and Universities and Predominantly Black Institutions.

Although the Fulbright S-I-R Program is a small component of the Fulbright family of programs, providing an estimated 33 grants in FY 2019, it is most beneficial to the hosting U.S. colleges and universities and their students, faculty and communities. Equally important, it is virtually the only Fulbright program that enables visiting scholars to lecture in the United States, thereby providing Fulbright S-I-Rs with significant professional benefits by teaching in the United States, gaining an understanding of Americans and of American institutions, society and culture, and using new-found teaching and community experiences after returning home.

A Fulbright S-I-R’s principal activity is teaching (typically at the undergraduate level) at the host U.S. institution – in area studies programs, in interdisciplinary programs focusing on global issues and/or in courses where a foreign lecturer’s services can provide a cross-cultural or international perspective. Scholars are often engaged in curriculum development as well. Beyond lecturing and curriculum development, Fulbright S-I-Rs are engaged with students, faculty and staff in a range of activities across campus and in community outreach, including professional and cultural organizations, the media, the local K-12 schools, etc. Institutions sometimes propose to formally or informally share the visiting scholar with neighboring institutions.

For the 2019-20 academic year, University of Minnesota- Morris proposes to bring a Scandinavian scholar to join the Division of Education faculty to share expertise in Scandinavian models of early childhood education. UMM’s Elementary Education program offers an endorsement in preprimary education. The successes of Scandinavian approaches to early childhood education and the Scandinavian heritages prevalent in Minnesota suggest that the S-I-R would help to develop a more robust cross-cultural perspective on early childhood and preprimary education. To further facilitate a sustained community impact, UMM is partnering with the regional philanthropic foundation West Central Initiative (WCI) to leverage the scholar’s expertise in early childhood education in connection with WCI’s Early Childhood Initiative and regional policy work already in progress.

The visiting scholar will teach 1-2 classes per semester, one in the scholar’s specific area of expertise and one in the existing core curriculum. UMM anticipates that the visiting scholar will teach ElEd 3203: Preprimary Theory and Pedagogy during the spring semester. The scholar will also teach a course specific to their interest or provide a series of workshops on early childhood education that would be open to all UMM students and local educators and community members.

The Scholar may also attend monthly meetings of the 10 Early Childhood Initiatives (ECI), participate in the state-wide MinneMinds committee and executive committee, or participate in the 3 state-wide Parent Aware Advisory committees. The scholar will be asked to give at least one seminar/lecture on campus, which we will schedule as part of the monthly “Thursday Afternoon Faculty Seminar” series, which draws a substantial and diverse audience. The visiting scholar’s participation in extra-curricular campus activities and events (the annual International Fair, study abroad promotions, and language conversation tables) will broaden community perspectives. The scholar will be an asset to UMM’s efforts to improve students’ understanding of the world, both as global citizens and in their intercultural competence.

Estimated S-I-R Grant Amount: USD 28,315

UMM is located in the small town of Morris, 150 miles northwest from Minneapolis in a predominately rural part of Minnesota. Morris has about 5,000 residents, including the students at UMM. UMM is highly ranked by national publications—U.S. News & World Report ranks the campus as a top-ten public liberal arts college, Forbes as one of the best colleges and universities in the nation, and Fiske Guide to Colleges lists includes Morris in its list of “the best and most interesting” schools in the U.S., Canada, and the United Kingdom. The Morris campus is the most ethnically diverse in the Minnesota system, with 20 percent Native American students, 10 percent U.S. students of color, and 12 percent international students.

If you are interested in applying for the 2019-20 Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence Program to the University of Minnesota- Morris, please send the following items by March 29, 2019 to cathrine@fulbright.no:

  1. A detailed CV
  2. One letter of reference
  3. An indication given by your home institution that they will give you a leave of absence if you are selected for a grant (must beprovided in writing).