Jin Sook Lee of the Gevirtz School at UC Santa Barbara has been honored with a 2012 Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar award. Lee will be in Korea from January 2012 through August 2012, conducting research on English as a Foreign Language teaching, according to the United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.
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 over 155 countries worldwide. The goal of the program is to promote intellectual and academic exchange between countries through teaching and/or research that would benefit both the home and host countries.
"I think the award comes at a perfect time," Jin Sook Lee says. "With the Gevirtz School's interest in developing an MAS TESOL program, I will be able to bring back a broader and deeper understanding of the needs of EFL teachers and English education policies abroad to inform the development of our program."
Jin Sook Lee is an Associate Professor in the Department of Education at UCSB's Gevirtz School. She received her Ph.D. in Education from Stanford University and an M.A. degree in Linguistics from Yonsei University in Korea. Her research focuses on the language learning and teaching processes of heritage and English language learners. She is an active member of the American Educational Research Association and the American Association of Applied Linguistics and serves on the editorial board of Language Arts and the International Multilingual Research Journal (Taylor & Francis). Lee also served on the UC LMRI Faculty Steering Committee from 2006-2009. She is a recipient of the Foundation for Child Development Young Scholars Award.
For further information about the Fulbright Program or the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, please visit their website at http://fulbright.state.gov or contact James A. Lawrence, Office of Academic Exchange Programs, telephone 202-632-3241 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
[Jin Sook Lee is available for interviews; contact George Yatchisin at 805 893 5789]
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