The Fulbright Scholar program is named after former U.S. Sen. J. William Fulbright, an Arkansas Democrat whose drive for mutual understanding between people and countries had a profound effect on America’s foreign policy. The State Department program sponsors exchanges between citizens of the U.S. and other countries.
Distinguished Chair Awards
These awards, among Fulbright’s most prestigious, go to prominent scholars with significant teaching and publication records. Up to 43 awards are given for distinguished lecturing, research or a combination; awards are for three to 12 months.
In 2014-15, Jay Gillette received the Fulbright-Nokia Distinguished Chair in Information and Communications Technologies to the University of Oulu, Finland. Gillette, a professor of information and communication sciences, is believed to be Ball State’s only Distinguished Chair recipient.
At the university, Gillette worked to increase interest in the relationship among broadband service, the community and economic development. He also was honorary chair of the Oulu Smart City Seminar in May 2015. And he gave the opening keynote at a 2015 academic information sciences conference in Brno, Czech Republic.
Core Scholars can teach, do research or both in about 130 countries for two to 12 months. Below is a list of former and current Ball State faculty Core Scholars.
If we missed a current or past faculty member who won a Distinguished Chair, Core Scholar or Global Flex award, please send relevant information to Judy Wolf.
Lee Florea, geological sciences, Babeş-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Nihal Perera, urban planning, Yangon Technological University, Myanmar
Gilbert Park, foundations of education, Kongju National University, South Korea
John Ambrosio, educational studies, University of the Free State, South Africa
Lawrence Gerstein, psychology, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
James Connolly, U.S. history, Free University of Berlin, Germany
Francine Friedman, political science, University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Ronald Kovac, information sciences and systems, Technical University, Slovak Republic
Ken Hall, history, Royal University of Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Ray Montagno, business management, University of Applied Science Jena, Germany
Dom Caristi, telecommunications, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece
Harold Mortimer, musical theater and voice, Tshwane University of Technology, Pretoria, South Africa
Nihal Perera, urban planning, Hong Kong Baptist University
John Pichtel, remediation/environmental engineering, University College Cork, Ireland
Ken Hall, history/comparative religious studies, Gadja Madah University, Indonesia
Jay Bagga, computer science, program development, research, University of Zimbabwe in Harare
Chris Airriess, geography, Hong Kong Baptist University.
John Pichtel, bioremediation, Tampere University of Technology, Finland
Dom Caristi, telecommunications and journalism, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
Teh-Kuang Chang, political science, Shanghai International Studies University, China
Elizabeth M. Riddle, linguistics, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań, Poland
H.A. Jeep, education, University of Karachi, Pakistan
Robert LaFollette, social sciences, Pedagogical Academy (now Pedagogical College), Oldenburg, West Germany
Budd Gambee, library science, American College for Girls (now Ramses College for Girls) and Institute of Education, Cairo