You may have heard that the University of Redlands is a “top producer” of Fulbright students. In the last nine years, 21 of our students have been awarded this prestigious travel grant. What you may not know is that several of our faculty have also received teaching and research awards from the Fulbright Program. They include:
Katherine Baber, assistant professor in the School of Music, taught seminars on American music at the University of Vienna and the University of Music and Performing Arts in 2013. While engaging with students from Austria and throughout Europe, she conducted research on the relationship between American conductor and composer Leonard Bernstein and Austrian musicians, audiences and institutions. Now she is one of the few American scholars allowed full access to the archives of the Vienna Philharmonic. “Fulbright experiences don’t really end. My time in Vienna continues to shape who I am as a teacher and scholar, and every time I return to Austria, with my students or to see my friends and colleagues, it feels like coming home.”
Barbara Conboy, professor in communicative disorders, spent six months at Universidad de San Carlos in Guatemala City in 2015 visiting classes and lecturing about bilingual development and language impairment in the USAC School of Psychology’s program in language therapy. Conboy also visited students’ practicum sites, where she taught them how to incorporate narrative and vocabulary teaching techniques into their activities with preschool children. “I’ve led a travel course to Guatemala for University of Redlands students each May Term since 2011, and hope to someday offer an opportunity for Guatemalan students to visit Redlands for an educational exchange with our students.”
Rod Goodyear, professor in the School of Education, was awarded a Fulbright Distinguished Lectureship, “Learning From and Supporting Korea’s Robust Counseling Psychology,” for work in the counseling psychology program at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea, in 2015.
Daniel Klooster, professor of environmental studies, took a 12-month sabbatical in 2015 to visit indigenous communities in Oaxaca, Mexico,which have incredible biodiversity, significant conservation activities and also troubling rates of migration to the U.S. He will follow up on that work this summer interviewing members of those communities. “The goal is to better understand whether or not migrants are able to participate in the governance of their communities of origin.”
Art Svenson, professor of government and the David Boies Endowed Chair, is currently in Chengdu, China, on his second Fulbright award, teaching courses in constitutional law to graduate students at Sichuan University. In 2011, Svenson taught undergraduate courses in American government at Renmin University, where he was also invited to play violin with the university orchestra. “Both awards entail a semester-long immersion in China and a return to Redlands as a far better teacher. After 37 years at the chalkboard, I can’t think of a more invigorating way to spend a sabbatical.”