Published 09/18/15

Fulbright programs connect Bryant faculty to scholarly peers around globe

Bryant faculty members are among the outstanding scholars honored through the years with prestigious Fulbright Awards, enhancing their insight into the global impact of their academic specializations and expanding their cross-cultural perspectives.

Faculty who have received grants through various Fulbright programs include:

  • Professor of Management Roger Anderson, Ph.D. (Turkey, 1990; Poland, 2013)
  • Professor and Chairman of the Department of Communication Stanley Baran, Ph.D. (Germany, 1997)
  • Professor of Legal Studies Michael Bryant, Ph.D. (Germany, 2009)
  • Senior Lecturer of Political Science Emily Copeland, Ph.D. (Switzerland)
  • Professor of Accounting Charles Cullinan, Ph.D. (Portugal, 2000)
  • Associate Professor of English and Cultural Series William Graves, Ph.D. (Belarus, 2002)
  • Professor of Economics Joseph Ilacqua, Ed.D. (Pakistan, 2014)
  • Professor of Anthropology, African Studies, and Music Alex Perullo, Ph.D. (London, 2015-16)
  • Professor of Management Christopher Roethlein, Ph.D. (Czech Republic, 2007)
  • Professor of Management V.K. Unni, Ph.D. (United States)

"Such relationships promote institutional cross-pollination."

“Bryant prides itself on its teaching,” says Provost and Chief Academic Officer Glenn Sulmasy, J.D., L.L.M., “but scholarship is also an important part of faculty life. It helps faculty stay current in their disciplines, which helps ensure that students have an incredible academic experience.” 

An expert in human rights and international humanitarian law, Michael Bryant describes his Fulbright Scholar experience as “meaningful, draining, exciting, and productive.” He was selected in 2011 by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars to serve on the Law Peer Review Committee for the Fulbright Specialist Program. Bryant reviewed  proposals from qualified U.S. academics and professionals in a variety of disciplines for grants for short-term collaboration at higher education institutions in more than 100 countries.  

"The overarching goal of the Fulbright program is to foster relationships and connections between the United States and the international community," notes Bryant, who was a Fulbright Fellow in 2009 at the University of Marburg, Germany, as well as a Fulbright Senior Specialist in law. "Such relationships promote institutional cross-pollination and, in many cases, develop into further engagement with colleagues around the world."

At the University of Marburg, Bryant offered an American perspective while co-teaching comparative law seminars that explored genocide and crimes against humanity. "I was fascinated by the different perspectives the German students offered," he says.

Perullo is the newest Bryant Fulbright Scholar. In 2015-16, he will work at the School of African and Oriental Studies at the University of London on a project analyzing the contemporary commercialization of African music.

The first Bryant faculty member to receive a Fulbright in 1990, Anderson taught for a semester at Dokuz Eylel University in Izmir, Turkey. “It was the experience of a lifetime,” he says. “The students were just delightful, and I had an opportunity to travel extensively and immerse myself into the culture.”

In 2013, Anderson was awarded a second Fulbright grant, traveling to Warsaw, Poland, where he taught and visited seven countries. The experience, he says, allowed him to reflect on how he could change his teaching methods.

“I came to a level of understanding I would never have achieved staying in the same routine every day.”