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Associate Provost Matthew Ouellett heads to Mongolia with Fulbright Specialist award

June 30, 2016

Summer plans for Associate Provost Mathew Ouellett, who also directs the Office for Teaching and Learning (OTL), include helping to strengthen a community of educators among Mongolian university administrators.

As a recently named Fulbright Specialist, Ouellett will spend six weeks in the International Affairs Department of the University of the Humanities, in Ulaanbaatar, assessing faculty development, facilitating workshops and introducing Western methods surrounding faculty appointments and promotions.

The project is in keeping with his post in OTL, which provides support and development opportunities for Wayne State faculty while fostering a culture of teaching excellence, inclusiveness and promoting the idea that education and research together can shape the future of individuals and society.

Ouellett is familiar with the Asian continent, having travelled there extensively during the last decade and completing a research fellowship sponsored by the Japanese government as a visiting professor of education at Nagoya University.  In fact, a network of colleagues around the world were instrumental, says Ouellett, in the emergence of Mongolia as a partner for his Fulbright proposal.

As a Fulbright Specialist, the Royal Oak resident joins a roster of U.S. experts and professionals in select disciplines who are chosen to share their knowledge during short-term collaborative projects at eligible institutions in more than 140 countries.  The shorter grant length gives Specialists greater flexibility to pursue, and accept, projects that work best with their academic or professional commitments. 

Fulbright, with more than 500 scholarship grants available, is accepting applications for the 2017-18 academic year.  To learn more about Fulbright, contact Jaclyn Assarian, associate director, Office of International Programs, and Wayne State’s Fulbright liaison for faculty programs, at 313-577-9319 or jassarian@wayne.edu

For questions related to the Fulbright Student Program, contact Kelli Dixon, director of Study Abroad and Global Programs, at ab6179@wayne.edu  For preliminary information, students may visit http://us.fulbrightonline.org/

The Office of International Programs is always interested in hearing from faculty and student Fulbright alumni.  If you have received a Fulbright award, we want to know about it!  Email Carol Baldwin, communications coordinator for OIP, at carol.baldwin@wayne.edu and tell her about your experience.