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Release: Jan. 16, 2002

Photo: H. Bradley Sagen.

UI education professor emeritus Sagen receives Fulbright to Nepal

H. Bradley Sagen, a professor emeritus of the University of Iowa's College of Education, has received a Fulbright Senior Specialists grant to the Tribhuvan University in Nepal -- his third Fulbright in nine years.

Sagen, who retired in 1998 after 34 years in the UI College of Education's former Division of Planning, Policy and Leadership Studies (now the Division of Educational Policy and Leadership Studies), will leave Feb. 10 to spend four weeks working with faculty members on research methodology and developing educational materials related to a master of education in curriculum and evaluation.

Sagen, who specialized in higher and postsecondary education at the UI, previously spent five months in Poland in 1993 on a lectureship at Warsaw University under the Fulbright Eastern European Initiatives Program. And in 1999 he spent six months at Yonsei University in Korea on a Fulbright Teaching-Research Award.

Sagen is among the first grantees under the new Fulbright Senior Specialists short-term grants program. The new program offers two- to six-week grants to leading U.S. academics and professionals to support curricular and faculty development and institutional planning at academic institutions in 140 countries around the world.

Created to complement the 55-year-old traditional Fulbright Scholar Program, the Senior Specialists Program aims at increasing the number of faculty and professionals who have the opportunity to go abroad on a Fulbright.

The Fulbright Scholar Program is sponsored by the United States Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and managed by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars. The program's purpose is to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.

"The traditional Fulbright Scholar Program offers grants ranging from two months to an academic year, and some academics and professionals find it difficult to be away overseas for that length of time," states Patti McGill Peterson, executive director of the Council for International

Exchange of Scholars, the organization that manages the Fulbright Scholar Program. "The new Senior Specialists Program offers them another option."

Grantees will also be undertaking new activities, ranging from conducting teacher training and developing and assessing curricula or educational materials to leading seminars or workshops or conducting needs assessments or survey research.

For further information on the program, visit the CIES Web site at http://www.cies.org/.

The University of Iowa College of Education, founded in 1872, was the nation's first permanent college-level department of education. It has gained an international reputation of excellence in fields as diverse as rehabilitation counseling, testing and measurement, and language and literacy. It is home to the Iowa Testing Programs, developer of the widely used Iowa Tests of Basic Skills; to the Connie Belin & Jacqueline N. Blank International Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development; and to such top-ranked programs as Rehabilitation Counseling, Counseling Psychology, Educational Psychology, Elementary Teacher Education, Secondary Teacher Education, and English Education and Literacy.