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WSC Professor Dalager Receives Fulbright Award

Posted: 04 February, 2013

WAYNE - Dr. Jon K. Dalager, Dean for the School of Natural and Social Sciences at Wayne State College, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to lecture and conduct research at Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany during the 2012-2013 academic year, according to the United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board."

"I am very honored to receive this award and look forward to the opportunity to collaborate with colleagues in Germany. The concept of academic freedom was first developed in Germany, so my research on issues in higher education will be enhanced by my involvement with Johann Goethe University. As a political science professor, I am also am looking forward to teaching German students about our American political system and the role of the media. Their perspective should prove very interesting,'' Dalager said.

Dr. Dalager will teach courses on the American legal system and media and politics at the Institute of English and American Studies and the Center for North American Studies at Goethe University Frankfurt during the spring semester of 2013. He will also research current legal issues in higher education including the role of academic freedom, tenure, collective bargaining, and government oversight.

As a Fulbright Scholar, Dalager will meet with students, faculty, and community groups to discuss his research and current issues in American politics, and will consult with the German Consulate and Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ), the German national newspaper.

Dr. Jon Dalager is one of approximately 1,100 U.S. faculty and professionals who will travel abroad through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program in 2012-2013.

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The primary source of funding for the Fulbright Program is an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.Participating governments and host institutions, corporations and foundations in foreign countries and in the United States also provide direct and indirect support. Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. The Program operates in more than 155 countries worldwide.

Since its establishment in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late U.S. Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright Program has given approximately 300,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists, and scientists the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.

Fulbright alumni have achieved distinction in government, science, the arts, business, philanthropy, education, and athletics. Forty Fulbright alumni from 11 countries have been awarded the Nobel Prize, and 75 alumni have received Pulitzer Prizes. Prominent Fulbright alumni include: Muhammad Yunus, Managing Director and Founder, Grameen Bank, and 2006 Nobel Peace Prize recipient; John Atta Mills, President of Ghana; Lee Evans, Olympic Gold Medalist; Ruth Simmons, President, Brown University; Riccardo Giacconi, Physicist and 2002 Nobel Laureate; Amar Gopal Bose, Chairman and Founder, Bose Corporation; Renee Fleming, soprano; Gish Jen, Writer; and Daniel Libeskind, Architect.

Fulbright recipients are among more than 40,000 individuals participating in U.S. Department of State exchange programs each year. For more than 60 years, the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs has funded and supported programs that seek to promote mutual understanding and respect between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is administered by the Institute of International Education.

For further information about the Fulbright Program or the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, please visit our website at or contact James A. Lawrence, Office of Academic Exchange Programs, telephone 202-632-3241 or e-mail

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