Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence brings Brazilian professor to CAC

By Tom Di Camillo, Director of Media & Community Events

PINAL COUNTY, Ariz. – Thanks to a grant from the prestigious Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence (SIR) Program, students at Central Arizona College will have an opportunity to learn from Felippe Ramos, a sociology professor from the Universidade Federal De Bahia in Salvador, Brazil, during the upcoming spring and summer semesters.

Ramos will teach courses in sociology and education, as well as classes in conversational Portuguese and Brazilian culture and society during his tenure in Arizona.

Ramos’ time at Central Arizona College was arranged through CAC’s International Studies Program that is under the direction of John Paddison. The program facilitates the exchange of professors and students with international institutions of higher education.

For example, CAC’s Beth Krueger is headed to Northeastern University in Shenyang, China, during the spring semester.

“Ramos will be engaged in professional development activities and will give various community and civic lectures,” Paddison said, explaining the additional opportunities for cultural exchange available to the community. “And as an outgrowth of his visit, Ramos hopes to establish an ongoing cooperative student/faculty exchange agreement with his home institution.”

For the last few years, Central Arizona College has increased its effort to expand the cultural awareness of its students, faculty and staff by forging new international relationships.

CAC and Northeastern University have formed an educational partnership designed to vigorously create collaborative exchanges between the two colleges.

Both CAC and NEU recognize the value of and need for international cooperation between educational institutions. Such cooperative ventures serve to further not only the needs and interests of students and faculty, but also of the community in general.

Believing that education cannot be contained within political or geographic boundaries, both schools have agreed to establish a long-term exchange program between CAC and NEU students, faculty and staff.

Every member of the community can contribute to this valuable program by being a host family for a visiting professor, student and/or staff member during their stay at Central Arizona College. Host families can interact with our visitors in any of the following ways:

• Invite an exchange student or teacher home for dinner, or to visit and/or stay in your home for a short time, especially during holidays.
• Plan activities and short trips to popular Arizona tourist spots and/or events that will give a foreign student or teacher a true sense of American culture. If possible, travel with him or her out of state.
• Be genuinely interested in learning about a foreign student or faculty’s culture and family.
• Accompany him or her to an event celebrating his or her country.
• Provide a foreign student or teacher with a point of contact if he or she has any questions or problems, or just wants to talk.

For more information on how to become involved, contact Dolores Underwood by phone at 520-836-3823, or by e-mail at lolounder@msn.com.

The Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence Program enables U.S. colleges and universities to host foreign academics to lecture on a wide range of subject fields for a semester or academic year. Preference is given to institutions developing an international agenda and/or serving a minority audience, including Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic Serving Institutions, Tribal Colleges, small liberal arts colleges, and community colleges. Approximately 50 grants are awarded annually.

The Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. Government that is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. With this goal as a starting point, the Fulbright Program has provided nearly 300,000 participants - chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential – with the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.

The Fulbright Program was established in 1946 under legislation introduced by then Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas. The Fulbright Program is administered by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department of State.

Since the establishment of the Program, more than 45,000 Fulbright Visiting Scholars have conducted research or taught in U.S. universities, and almost 50,000 Fulbright U.S. Scholars have engaged in similar activities abroad. The Fulbright Program awards approximately 800 grants to Visiting Scholars each year.

Currently, the Fulbright Scholar Program operates in over 130 countries worldwide. The primary source of funding for the Fulbright Program is an annual appropriation made by the United States Congress to the Department of State. Participating governments and host institutions in foreign countries and in the United States also contribute financially through cost sharing and indirect support, such as salary supplements, tuition waivers and university housing.

The J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FSB), composed of 12 educational and public leaders appointed by the President of the United States, formulates policy for the administration of the program, establishes criteria for the selection of candidates and approves candidates nominated for awards.

The United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, develops policies to assure fulfillment of the purposes of the Program and administers it with the assistance of bi-national educational commissions and foundations in 50 countries that have executive agreements with the United States for continuing exchange programs, United States Embassies in 100 other countries and a number of cooperating agencies in the United States.

Bi-national commissions and foundations propose the annual program plan for exchanges, in consultation with participating universities and organizations in the host country. They also screen, interview and recommend to the FSB qualified candidates for student and faculty grants under their exchange programs.

In a country without a commission or foundation, the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy develops the program and supervises it locally.

The Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES), under a cooperative agreement with the Department of State, administers the Fulbright Scholar Program for faculty and professionals. CIES is a division of the Institute of International Education (IIE) and has close working relationships with the major disciplinary bodies in the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. During the terms of their grants in the United States, Fulbright lecturers and researchers are assisted by CIES.

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