Texas Tech Education Faculty Member Receives Fulbright Grant

Written by Sarah Whetstone

A Texas Tech University educator will be teaching in India during the next academic year. 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 Program. 

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 108,160 Americans who have studied, taught or researched abroad and 178,340 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.

For more information about the Fulbright Program or the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, visit http://fulbright.state.gov.

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CONTACT: Karen Jacobsen, director of external relations, Texas Tech University College of Education, (806) 742-1998 ext. 455, or karen.jacobsen@ttu.edu.