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November 16, 2020

Julie L. Pentz accepted into Fulbright Specialist Program

Submitted by Julie L. Pentz

Julie L. Pentz

Julie L. Pentz, professor of dance, has been accepted into the Fulbright Specialist Program for a three-year tenure. 

The Fulbright Specialist Program, part of the larger Fulbright Program, was established in 2001 by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The program pairs highly qualified U.S. academics and professionals with host institutions abroad to share their expertise, strengthen institutional linkages, hone their skills, gain international experience and learn about other cultures while building capacity at their overseas host institutions.

Specialists, who represent a wide range of professional and academic disciplines, are competitively selected to join the Fulbright Specialist Roster based on their knowledge, skill sets and ability to make a significant contribution to projects overseas. Those individuals that have been approved to join the Fulbright Specialist Roster are then eligible to be matched with approved projects designed by foreign host institutions from more than 150 countries and other areas. Once abroad, specialists partner with their host institution to conduct project activities in support of the host institution's priorities and goals.

The Fulbright Specialist Program aims to provide a short-term, on-demand resource to international host institutions, giving them greater flexibility in how they participate with Fulbright. Specialists are strongly encouraged to continue to work with host institutions in the years following their initial exchange, creating opportunities for ongoing cooperation and consultancies. 

Pentz's tenure with the program will begin once the U.S. Department of State lifts its suspension of all U.S. Fulbright Specialist projects due to the world's current response to the health emergency.   

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