The Fulbright Scholar Program recently selected faculty member Dave McNabb as a Fulbright Senior Specialist Roster Candidate.
The appointment places McNabb’s name on a roster of senior specialists for five years. The roster is used to match the specialists with program requests from foreign academic institutions.
The foreign institutions may request a specialist for a variety of proposed projects, including conducting research, participating in academic programs or conferences, consulting about faculty development, lecturing to undergraduate and graduate students, leading seminars or workshops, developing courses or conducting teacher training programs.
Senior specialists will spend two to six weeks at the foreign institution, and they are able to participate in one project per year. The shorter length of time required for each project gives the candidates greater flexibility to pursue grants that work best with their current academic and professional commitments.
“I retired in 1995, but haven’t stopped teaching since,” McNabb said. “I’ve told everyone this is my last year teaching, so this will be like my Peace Corps experience.”
McNabb is a visiting professor in the School of Business, and he teaches both undergraduate and graduate marketing courses. He has taught abroad at the Stockholm School of Economics in Sweden, the American University in Bulgaria and all over Europe for the Department of Defense.
Three years ago, faculty member Fred Wolf was also selected to be included on the roster. He had to turn down a 30-day assignment in Thailand due to professional conflicts, but he renewed his candidacy last fall and will remain on the roster for two more years.
“The reason I applied was simply to give something back to the larger community,” Wolf said.
After working for 30 years in environmental management, both for the government and industry, he wanted to give something of value from his experience to the emerging communities around the world, he said. Wolf, an assistant professor of business and an executive in residence in the School of Business, has worked in the U.S., Canada and Europe.
The specialist program is different from the Fulbright Scholar competition because the roster, which is built by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars, lists qualified academics and professionals from a variety of disciplines. The candidates apply through an open application process, and are included after receiving approval from a peer review committee and the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.
Foreign institutions access the roster through a secure Web site, which is searchable by a variety of criteria such as discipline and specialization. The Fulbright Commission, U.S. Embassy and the U.S. Department of State must approve a proposed project before a specialist will be matched to it.
To learn more about the program, visit www.cies.org/specialists.