7 CU-Boulder faculty and staff receive Fulbright awards for 2013-14

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.

One of their proposed projects involves research in India on the use of the tanbura -- a long-necked stringed instrument -- as an aid for developing musical perception and intonation. Another involves research and lecturing in the United Kingdom on the representation of violence in contemporary Irish and American fiction.

“There’s always an impressive array of projects underway across the globe conducted by our faculty and staff,” said Larry Bell, executive director of CU-Boulder’s Office of International Education. “Not only does the work of our faculty and staff around the world -- through Fulbright and other prestigious programs -- broaden CU-Boulder’s research, academics and student services, it also ties international communities together through engagement, discovery and intercultural understanding.”

The Chronicle of Higher Education recognized CU-Boulder in an article this week as a top-producing research institution of both U.S. Fulbright Scholars and U.S. Fulbright Student awardees in 2013-14. Fulbright grants range in length from about two weeks to 12 months.

The 2013-14 CU-Boulder faculty and staff 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 this 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.

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.

One scholar from Prague has been selected to visit the CU-Boulder campus beginning in December for research in structural engineering.

CU-Boulder students set a campus record earlier this year, receiving 13 Fulbright U.S. Student grant offers to pursue teaching, research and graduate studies abroad during the 2013-14 academic year.

For more information on the Fulbright Scholar Program visit http://www.cies.org/us_scholars/. For more information on international programs at CU-Boulder visit http://www.colorado.edu/OIE/.

Larry Bell, 303-492-8058
Elizabeth Lock, CU-Boulder media relations, 303-492-3117