Prof. Kelechi Uzochukwu Accepted to Competitive Fulbright Specialist Program Roster
January 8, 2021
Contact: Office of Government and Public Affairs
Kelechi Uzochukwu, assistant professor in The University of Baltimore's School of Public and International Affairs, has been accepted to the Fulbright Specialist Program Roster for a tenure of four years.
The highly selective Fulbright Specialist Program is an initiative of the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs that sends U.S. faculty and professionals to serve as researchers and expert consultants on curriculum, faculty development, institutional planning and related subjects at overseas academic institutions. Acceptance to the roster places Prof. Uzochuwku among a competitive pool of candidates who are eligible to be matched with projects designed by host institutions in more than 150 countries around the world, at any time during her four-year tenure on the roster.
The Fulbright Specialist Program offers year-round project opportunities of two to six weeks in length. Among the kinds of projects that Prof. Uzochukwu may be invited to take on are:
- delivery of a seminar or workshop;
- consultation on faculty or workforce development;
- development of academic or training curricula and materials;
- graduate or undergraduate lectures;
- development of institution's or program’s needs assessments or evaluations.
"Prof. Uzochukwu, a rising scholar in public administration, is now eligible to leverage her valuable expertise in urban planning, citizen participation, community development, and local governance to enhance the quality of life for distressed and marginalized populations abroad," said Ivan Sascha Sheehan, associate professor and executive director of the School of Public and International Affairs. "Prof. Uzochukwu's rich background in engineering, public management, finance, and policy will be a terrific asset to a host country when she serves as a Fulbright Specialist."
Fulbright Specialists are a diverse group of highly experienced, well-established faculty members and professionals who represent a wide variety of academic disciplines and professions. In order to be eligible to serve as a Fulbright Specialist, candidates must have significant experience in their respective field demonstrated by professional, academic, or artistic achievements. Prof. Uzochukwu earned admission to the roster after a lengthy application process and the recommendation of a peer review panel.
"The School of Public and International Affairs is proud to have three Fulbright-eligible faculty members: Professor Alan Lyles, Associate Professor Lorenda Naylor, and now, Assistant Professor Uzochukwu," Sheehan added. "Our school is well represented by these excellent scholars and I look forward to further expanding the pool of Fulbright-eligible faculty in the years ahead."
While the standard Fulbright Specialist tenure is three years, Prof. Uzochukwu was approved for a four-year tenure to ensure that she receives a full term on the roster, as the U.S. Department of State and World Learning take steps together to restart participant travel on a country-by-country basis beginning this month.
Learn more about Prof. Uzochukwu.
Learn more about the Fulbright Specialist Program.
The University of Baltimore is a member of the University System of Maryland and comprises the College of Public Affairs, the Merrick School of Business, the UB School of Law and the Yale Gordon College of Arts and Sciences.