Nora Griffin-Shirley joined the faculty at Texas Tech in 1993. She is an associate
professor of special education.
Nora Griffin-Shirley, director of the Virginia Murray Sowell Center in Research and
Education in Visual Impairment and program coordinator of the Orientation and Mobility
Program, received a Fulbright Scholar grant to lecture at M.P. Bhoj Open University
in Bhopal, India from July through December.
Her project is Training Professionals to Teach Persons with Blindness and Visual Impairments
in India via Distance Education Delivery.
Griffin-Shirley will assist in the personnel preparation of professionals to educate
persons with visual impairments to become independent and productive members of Indian
society via distance education delivery methods. She is one of approximately 800 U.S.
faculty and professionals who will travel abroad through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar
Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic or professional
achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields.
The Fulbright Program
, America’s flagship international educational exchange program, is sponsored by the
U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Since its establishment
in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late Sen. J. William Fulbright of Arkansas,
the Fulbright Program has provided more than 108,000 Americans who have studied, taught
or researched abroad and more than178,000 students, scholars and teachers from other
countries who have engaged in similar activities in the United States – with the opportunity
to observe each other’s political, economic, educational and cultural institutions.
The program operates in more than 155 countries worldwide.
The Virginia Murray Sowell Center at Texas Tech is part of the College of Education.
The center promotes quality research to address the academic and social needs of school-age
students with visual impairments and provides public service to assist local, national
and international constituencies.
The program offers master's and doctoral degrees as well as certification and endorsement
in visual impairment, orientation and mobility, and deafblindness.
Most of the programs are available through distance education.