Second Shippensburg University professor earns Fulbright
Sandy-Bailey, assistant professor of political science at Shippensburg
University, is the second faculty recipient of a Fulbright award for the 2014-15
received a Fulbright Specialist grant to travel to Ovidius University in
Romania in October. During the two weeks he is there, he will speak to several
classes and work with faculty on program evaluations.
addition, he will serve as a plenary speaker and participate in sessions at the
annual meeting of the Romanian Association of American Studies, whose theme
this year is “(Im)Migration Patterns: Displacement and Relocation in
Contemporary America.” His speech will focus on immigrants, democracy and political
change in the United States. “I also
will give several talks in the community, including at the American Corner in
Constanta, where Ovidius University is located,” he said.
to the U.S. Department of State, “American Corners” are in more than 400 cities
around the world where American embassies and local institutions have partnered
to create small libraries that house information about the United States. Every
year, several million people visit American Corners, accessing books and
databases and attending talks, films, workshops and classes.
lectures will focus on the development of America’s political parties;
presidential elections, including the “invisible primary,” the period of time
between when someone announces his or her candidacy for office and when primary
elections actually are held; and general aspects of the U.S. democracy.
last several years, Sandy-Bailey has served as academic director for the Institute
on U.S. Political Thought, hosted for six weeks each summer by the University
of Massachusetts, Amherst. Also a Fulbright program, the institute welcomes
scholars from other countries to study American political thought from the colonial
period to the present.
“One of the
goals of all the Fulbright programs is to build connections between faculty and
universities here and around the world. I have enjoyed my work with the
institute, and I am looking forward to the opportunity to work with faculty and
others in Romania.”
is co-author of two books being published this fall, The Democratic Party: Documents Decoded and The Republican Party: Documents Decoded, which assess speeches and
other historical documents to show how the two parties have evolved since their
founding. A book he is co-editing, In
Defense of the Founders Republic: Critics of Direct Democracy in the
Progressive Era, is due out next spring. “I find the
study of democracy incredibly interesting. And to understand our democracy
better, I think we need to better understand democracies abroad as well.”
Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational
exchange program, and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the
people of the United States and other countries. The Fulbright Program offers
grants to study, teach and conduct research for U.S. citizens to go abroad and
for non-U.S. citizens to come to this country.
was established in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late Sen. J.
William Fulbright of Arkansas. Sponsored by the Department of State’s Bureau of
Educational and Cultural Affairs, it operates in more than 155 countries. Approximately
325,400 people have participated since its inception.
this year, it was announced that Dr. Kurt Kraus, professor and chair of the
Department of Counseling and College Student Personnel, earned a Fulbright U.S.
Scholar grant to travel to the Kingdom of Bhutan to teach at the Royal
University of Bhutan and consult with the Royal Ministries of Education and
faculty members have received Fulbright awards since 1998. This is only the
second time that two faculty members were awarded in the same year, and the
first time that faculty and student grants were received in the same year.
Goldbach of Greencastle received a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Program
grant, and will spend 10 months in Malaysia next year as a teaching assistant.
Goldbach was a dual major in history and international studies who earned his
bachelor’s degree in August.