Developing Scholarly Collaboration through Fulbright Programs

Anne Graham Cagney, Elizabeth Pope, Kathleen deMarrais

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    Elizabeth M. Pope, Department of Lifelong Education, Administration and Policy, University of Georgia; Kathleen P. deMarrais, Department of Lifelong Education, Administration, and Policy, University of Georgia; Anne G. Cagney, School of Lifelong Learning and Education, Waterford Institute of Technology; Nancy D. Moore, Department of Health and Exercise Sciences, Truman State University. This research was supported in part by grants from the Irish Research Council’s “New Foundations” program. Correspondence concerning this article should be addressed to Elizabeth M. Pope, Department of Lifelong Education, Administration, and Policy, University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602. Email: ebmartin@uga.edu Abstract The demand for collaborative research is growing and many institutions and organizations encourage the creation of national and international partnerships. Faculty granted with a Fulbright award have an opportunity for international collaboration. The Fulbright program facilitates an international exchange of students and scholars and seeks to promote shared knowledge and mutual understanding. While personal narratives as well as several studies describe increased cultural awareness, little is known about the impact of the Fulbright experience on international collaboration. This qualitative interview study sought to understand if or how the Fulbright experience facilitated the creation of research partnerships and how Fulbright scholars’ learning and development were supported while abroad. Findings show having a pre-existing network, transitionary and social support, and professional opportunities because of their scholarly network impact the Fulbright scholar’s learning and development. Findings enhance current understandings of international research partnerships and Fulbright’s role in facilitating their creation, illustrating how these partnerships influence a scholar’s research and teaching agendas.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalDefault journal
    Publication statusPublished - 2017

    Keywords

    • Fulbright, collaboration, communities of practice, international, research partnerships, scholarly networks

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