Campus: CSU Northridge -- January 28, 2004
CSUN Faculty Members Receive Fulbright Scholar Awards
English professor Robert Chianese and educational psychology and counseling
professor Janet Fish have been awarded Fulbright Scholar grants to lecture
and study overseas this spring.
Chianese leaves this week for Bulgaria, where he will be lecturing in
American Studies at the University of Plovdiv in Plovdiv. Fish leaves
next month to share research she has done on the cutting-edge preschool
practices of a small town in Italy with educators at Catholic University
in Montevideo, Uruguay.
Both recipients said they were honored and excited by the opportunities
that go along with being a Fulbright Scholar.
“Not only will I have an opportunity to share our culture with
the Bulgarians, but I will have an opportunity to learn about theirs,”
Chianese said. “Being a Fulbright Scholar truly means you are
a cultural ambassador.”
Chianese will be teaching three classes on American studies in Bulgaria
and co-teaching a course on adolescent literature.
“I teach a similar course in our department and you learn a lot
about what is happening with American teenagers during the course of
the class,” he said. “I am very interested in getting a
sense of the problems and issues facing Bulgarian adolescents. I am
curious what issues are the same, and what are some of the differences.”
For Fish, coordinator of Northridge’s early childhood education
master’s program, this is the third time she has received a Fulbright
Scholar grant. The first time was in 1967-1968 when, as a graduate student,
she studied bilingual early childhood programs in Uruguay.
In 1986, Fish went to Barcelona, Spain, as a Fulbright Scholar, where
she learned about the early childhood education program in Reggio Emilia,
The town has municipally-supported preschool programs for children from
ages 3 to 7 which encourage parent participation and a collaboration
with the community in developing long-term projects based on the interests
of the children. Fish, who has become an expert on the town and its
program, will be sharing what she has learned with early childhood educators
She also will be following up on research she has done on early childhood
development centers established in Uruguay in the 1970s by people fleeing
the country’s political turmoil at the time. Chianese and Fish
are two of approximately 800 U.S. faculty and professionals who are
traveling to some 140 countries this academic year through the Fulbright
The program was established in 1946 under legislation introduced by
the late Sen. J. William Fulbright of Arkansas to build mutual understanding
between the people of the United States and other countries. It is sponsored
by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural
Since the program’s inception, thousands of U.S. faculty and professionals
have studied, taught or done research abroad, and thousands of their
counterparts from other countries have engaged in similar activities
in the United States.
Recipients of Fulbright Scholar awards are selected on the basis of
academic or professional achievement and because they have demonstrated
extraordinary leadership potential in their fields.
Contact: Carmen Ramos Chandler, (818) 677-2130, firstname.lastname@example.org