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Bentley Professor Receives 2006-2007 Fulbright Scholar Grant

December 19, 2006

Bentley College Professor of English Edward Zlotkowski is the recipient of a 2006-2007 U.S. Fulbright Scholar grant, awarded yearly to U.S. citizens to lecture and conduct research abroad, and to foreign scholars to come to the United States primarily as researchers. Fulbright scholars are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement and for having demonstrated extraordinary leadership potential in their field.

Zlotkowski will travel to Ireland and spend January through June 2007 at the Dublin Institute of Technology where he will support the new Community Learning Programme. The institute recently received a grant from the Ministry of Community, Rural and Gaeltracht Affairs to develop a pilot program.

"Community learning in this context can be understood as the equivalent of what in the United States has come to be known as academic service-learning," says Zlotkowski. "It is the hope of the ministry that the Dublin Institute of Technology will not only develop a successful program for its own students, but also will pave the way for a broader adoption of community learning by Irish universities."

 

Zlotkowski believes Ireland could help anchor service-learning in the European Union. "While service-learning will not by itself lead to a renewal of civic and community engagement, it can point in that direction," he says. "If I can make even a small contribution to the development of this approach in Ireland, I will consider my time and energy well spent."

During the past 15 years, Zlotkowski has devoted his professional time to the development of academically rigorous service-learning at Bentley College, which is one of the top ranked programs in the States, and higher education institutions and associations across the country. Between 1994 and 2005, he visited more than 300 colleges and universities in the United States to assist them in developing service-learning programs. He served as General Editor for the American Association for Higher Education's 20-volume series on service-learning in the academic disciplines.

The Fulbright Program is sponsored by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Under a cooperative agreement with the Bureau, the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) assists in the administration of the Fulbright Scholar Program for faculty and professionals.

Since the establishment of the program, nearly 44,700 Fulbright Visiting Scholars have conducted research or taught in U.S. universities, and more than 42,800 Fulbright U.S. Scholars have engaged in similar activities abroad. Currently, the Program operates in over 150 countries worldwide in order to promote "mutual understanding between people of the United States and people of other countries of the world."

 

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