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CWU Librarian Accepted to Fulbright Specialist Program

Maureen Rust, CWU Student Engagagement and Community Outreach LibrarianMaureen Rust, Associate Professor, Student Engagement and Community Outreach Librarian within in the Central Washington University (CWU) Libraries, has been accepted to the Fulbright Specialist Program Roster.

The Fulbright Specialist Program, a highly competitive initiative of the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and part of the larger Fulbright Program, was established in 2001. This highly selective program sends U.S. academics and established professionals to serve as researchers and expert consultants on curriculum, faculty development, institutional planning and related subjects at overseas academic institutions. Acceptance to the roster places Rust among a pool of candidates who are eligible to be matched with projects designed by host institutions in more than 150 countries around the world.

The Fulbright Specialist Program offers year-round project opportunities of two- to six-weeks in length. Examples of the type of project Rust may be invited to take on are:

  • delivery of a seminar or workshop;
  • consultation on faculty or workforce development;
  • development of academic or training curricula and materials;
  • graduate or undergraduate lectures; or
  • development of institution’s or program’s needs assessments or evaluations.

Rust shared, “I was interested in applying for the Fulbright Scholar Program but had concerns about being able to commit to several months abroad. My dean, Rebecca Lubas, previously served as a Fulbright Specialist in Kosovo and recommended that avenue as a way to experience an international opportunity with Fulbright, as the assignments range from two to six weeks in duration.”

Fulbright Specialists are a diverse group of highly experienced, well-established faculty members and professionals who represent a wide variety of academic disciplines and professions. In order to be eligible to serve as a Fulbright Specialist, candidates must have significant experience in their respective field.

“As a Fulbright Specialist I hope to utilize my library science skills to teach library development and community literacy programming in an international setting.”, Rust said.

Rust earned admission to the roster after a lengthy application process and the recommendation of a peer-review panel. Ediz Kaykayoglu, Dean of Extended and Global Education, is highly supportive of Rust’s acceptance to the Fulbright Specialist Program Roster.

“We were honored to hear about Maureen’s acceptance to the Fulbright Specialist Roster. The U.S. Fulbright program is one of the most prestigious international education programs in the world. Faculty serve an important role to cultivate cross-cultural communication exchange and intercultural literacy among educators around the globe. Maureen is one of the leading international educators at CWU, and her selection is a well-deserved outcome of her great work to our community.”, stated Kaykayoglu.

While the standard Fulbright Specialist tenure is three years, Rust was approved for a four-year tenure to ensure that she is able to receive a full term on the roster. The U.S. Department of State and World Learning are taking steps to restart participant travel on a country-by-country basis, following a temporary postponement of Fulbright Specialist projects due to the COVID-19 pandemic

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