For 10 weeks this summer, the IU School of Public Health-Bloomington and City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy will host a cohort of Egyptian public health scholars through the Fulbright Junior Faculty Development Program. As the only public health group selected for the program in 2016, IU and CUNY will develop a curriculum focused on teaching methodology, pedagogy, resources, and technology in order to facilitate faculty development and collaboration among the junior scholars.
“We are honored to be selected to host these scholars and begin, what we hope will be, a long-term collaborative relationship between our schools and the junior faculty from Egypt. As a previous faculty Fulbright Scholar to Egypt, I’ve enjoyed a long history working within the country and look forward to this new venture,” says Dr. Shawn Gibbs, executive associate dean for Academic Affairs at the IU School of Public Health-Bloomington and principal administrator of the Fulbright Junior Faculty Development Program.
With collaboration being a major goal of the program, the IU School of Public Health-Bloomington invited the City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy to be a part of its proposal and not only host the scholars on-site for two weeks, but to also participate via distance learning throughout the program.
“Having worked with Dr. Gibbs to host scholars from Libya during our time in Nebraska in 2013, I am happy to have the opportunity to work with him and the team at Indiana, including my counterpart at IU, Dean Mohammad Torabi, and Dr. Carrie Docherty, IU School of Public Health associate dean for Community and Global Engagement,” says Dean Ayman El-Mohandes, CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy, and Egyptian native.
Through this collaboration, along with Dr. El-Mohandes’ extensive work experience in public health in Egypt and Dr. Gibbs’s experience as a Fulbright Scholar to Egypt, the visiting scholars will receive a broader education and cultural experience during their time in the U.S., and will develop a collaborative network that they can access upon their return to Egypt.
The scholars, who are all full-time university faculty, will participate in an academic program, mentoring and various cultural experiences during their time at IU and CUNY. Through these experiences both inside and outside the classroom, the Fulbright Junior Faculty Development Program strives to “equip scholars with the knowledge and tools needed to build the capacity of their home institutions and to advance the education of future generations,” according to the Council for International Exchange of Scholars.
“We’re committed to providing the visiting scholars with a greater understanding of curriculum development, and the teaching and research competencies necessary in public health,” says Dr. Gibbs. “We want to make the scholars force multipliers for both public health education and the positive perception of U.S. scholars. We want them to be able to go back to Egypt prepared with the knowledge and inspiration they need to move public health and public health education to new levels at their home universities and within their communities as a whole.”