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April 20, 2004

Two UI Education Professors Named Fulbright Scholars

Bruce Fehn (left), an associate professor in the University of Iowa College of Education's Department of Curriculum and Instruction, and H. Bradley Sagen (right), a professor emeritus of the college's Department of Educational Policy and Leadership Studies, have received Fulbright Senior Specialists grants to work abroad this spring and summer.

Fehn, a native of Des Moines, Iowa, will spend two weeks this summer conducting history-teaching workshops in New Zealand. And Ely, Minn., resident Sagen will spend two weeks in Romania at the University of Bucharest. This is Sagen's fourth Fulbright in 11 years, and his second under the Senior Specialists program.

In July, Fehn will visit Auckland and Wellington, New Zealand, to help secondary teachers and university faculty develop strategies for teaching American history. He will focus attention on two topics usually covered in New Zealand history courses: the American Civil Rights Movement and the Vietnam War. Fehn will also deliver a plenary address at the Australian New Zealand American Studies Association (ANZAWA) titled "Privileging the Visual in Teaching American History with Primary Sources." He will also meet with Auckland University faculty and advanced graduate students to discuss his recent research on the history of rape, race, gender and class.

Fehn has a Ph.D. in American history, with a minor in education, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He also holds master's and bachelor's degrees in history from the UI.

At the UI, Fehn's work focuses on preparing future teachers for secondary social studies education. His research interests include gender, race, class and social studies teaching and learning; historical cognition and problems of historic understanding; American labor history; and American women's history. In addition to his work as a teacher and researcher, Fehn serves as program coordinator for social studies education at the UI. From 2002 to 2003, he was chair of the College of Education Diversity Committee.

Sagen, who now lives in Ely, Minn., retired in 1998 after 34 years in the college. Under the most recent Fulbright grant, he will work with the University of Bucharest to provide quality assurance to make sure the school's programs comply with the European Agreement's standards for higher education. Sagen said the country's goal is to meet the standards by 2005 so degrees granted in Romania will be accepted by universities in other European Union-member countries.

This grant marks Sagen's third Fulbright and fifth international project since he retired five years ago. Soon after retiring in 1999, he spent six months at Yonsei University in Korea on a Fulbright Teaching-Research Award, and in 2002 he spent 30 days on a traditional Fulbright at Tribhuvan University in Nepal working with faculty members on research methodology and developing educational materials related to a master of education in curriculum and evaluation. Also in 2002 he provided a higher education sector assessment in Azerbaijan on behalf of the World Bank. And in November 2003, Sagen went to Sri Lanka to conduct training workshops for two universities on a project also funded by the World Bank.

Previously, Sagen, who specialized in higher and postsecondary education at the UI, spent five months in Poland in 1993 on a lectureship at Warsaw University under the Fulbright Eastern European Initiatives Program.

Sagen was among the first grantees under the Fulbright Senior Specialists short-term grants program. The 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.

Sagen holds a Ph.D. in educational psychology from the University of Minnesota and a bachelor's degree with honors from Grinnell College.

He specializes in the study of higher and postsecondary education with particular emphasis upon planning for postsecondary education, the relationship of secondary and postsecondary education to the economic sector and the preparation of postsecondary and secondary students for employment. He has a special interest in comparative studies in these areas.

He is the author or co-author of more than 40 journal articles, monographs and chapters in books. His most recent publication is, "Job Search Techniques as Employment Channels: Differential Effects on the Initial Employment Success of College Graduates." Among his presented papers and publications are, "Linking Science to Economic Development in Small Nations: Comparative Analyses of Iceland and Norway" (1995), "Adapting Higher Education Institutions to Their Environments: Some Comments on the American Pattern" (1994) and "Insights from the Professions Regarding the Development of Expertise" (1986).

The main Fulbright Program was established in 1946 to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and managed by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars, the program annually recruits and sends nearly 800 U.S. faculty and professionals to 140 countries and brings 800 foreign faculty and professionals to the United States.

The UI College of Education, founded in 1872, was the nation's first permanent college-level department of education. Since then the College has gained an international reputation of excellence in fields as diverse as rehabilitation counseling, testing and measurement, and language and literacy. In 2004 U.S. News & World Report ranked it as having the 11th best graduate program in the country. 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.

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