Announcing WSSW Fulbright Specialists
Three professors at Wurzweiler School of Social Work—Dr. Gary Stein, Rev. Frederick Streets, Dr. Rozetta Wilmore-Schaeffer—have received the acclaimed distinction of being named Fulbright Specialists. The Fulbright Specialist Program is designed to award grants to U.S. faculty and professionals in select disciplines ranging from agriculture to urban planning to participate in two- to six-week projects at colleges and universities in more than 100 countries.
Stein will serve as a guest faculty member at Lancaster University's International Observatory on End of Life Care in England. Stein will conduct seminars on health care ethics and palliative care, disability and palliative care and advance-care planning and end-of-life perspectives among the gay and lesbian community. He will also serve as a resource and mentor for students developing research proposals and will meet with executives at St. Christopher's Hospice in London for an exploration of palliative care practice and policy in the UK. Following this project, he will coll-aborate with Lancaster University faculty on a joint publication addressing cross-national perspectives on palliative care social work and ethics.
Streets, The Carl and Dorothy Bennet Professor of Pastoral Counseling at Wurzweiler, will be based at the University of The Free State (UFS) in South Africa, which is establishing an International Institute for Diversity (IID). The Institute is envisioned as a center of academic excellence for studying transformation and diversity in society; combating discrimination; and encouraging reconciliation in societies grappling with issues such as racism, sexism and xenophobia. Streets will advise and assist in the founding phase of the Institute, including developing policy and implementing objectives, defining strategies and enabling interactive dialogue and working with faculty and student groups. Streets had a previous six-month Fulbright Senior Scholar assignment at the University of Pretoria, and this invitation to UFS is a direct result of the contacts he made while there.
While Wilmore-Schaeffer's project will also take place at UFS, her work will focus on relationship building within, between and among racially diverse students and faculty in an institution whose history has been one of racial intolerance. She will, among other tasks, engage with the faculty to develop experiential class exercises and ways to develop and manage a safe environment that lets students and faculty explore their racial and ethnic history.
Professor Gary Stein on His Fulbright Experience: "Commonalities and Differences in Palliative Care in Two Countries" (PDF).
Wurzweiler Professors Beder, Fast Also Named Fulbright Specialists
Three other Wurzweiler professors—Dr. Joan Beder, Dr. Jonathan Fast and Dr. Norman Linzer, The Samuel J. and Jean Sable Chair in Jewish Family Social Work—have also been named Fulbright Specialists and are in the process of being paired with a host institution.
In addition, a sixth Wurzweiler professor, Dr. Norman Linzer, is in the process of being paired as a Fulbright Specialist with a host institution.
''Being selected as a Fulbright Specialist is a highly competitive process,'' said Wurzweiler's Dr. Sheldon Gelman, The Dorothy and David I. Schachne Dean. ''To have six Wurzweiler faculty selected and three actual matches occur, reflects on the caliber and status of our faculty. The international experience of our Fulbright Specialists and Fulbright Scholars adds to the richness of our curriculum and classroom learning experience of our students.''