Two Case Western Reserve University faculty members have received Fulbright Scholar grants to lecture and research overseas during the 2007-08 academic year. Dr. Joyce J. Fitzpatrick, Elizabeth Brooks Ford Professor of Nursing, and law professor Louise McKinney will take part in programs in Ireland and Botswana, respectively, according to the United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.
Fitzpatrick will conduct and teach research at University College Cork in Cork, Ireland. Her program is titled "Expanding Nursing Scholarship for the Discipline." McKinney will be working in southern Africa with the University of Botswana's law department in "Enhancing Clinical Education and Access to Justice in Botswana."
The two are among approximately 800 U.S. faculty and professionals who will travel abroad through the Fulbright Scholar Program. The complete list of scholars will be announced in October. Established in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the program's purpose is to build mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the world.
A leader in nursing education, Fitzpatrick was dean of the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve for 15 years (1982-97), the longest tenure in the school's history. Heavily involved in researching the areas of health care delivery systems, public policy of health carte and geriatric mental health issues, Fitzpatrick was noted for her research on the process of dying, publishing "Nursing Models and Their Psychiatric-Mental Health Applications." With Ann Whall, she edited "Conceptual Models of Nursing: Analysis and Application," a book that has become one of the standard texts in nursing theory. Her "rhythm model" demonstrated the influence of time on patients in a variety of situations.
McKinney teaches in the Milton A. Kramer Law Clinic Center at the School of Law, including an experiential Health Law Clinic. Before beginning full-time legal teaching, she was an attorney for 10 years with the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland, most of them in its law reform unit representing clients in issues related to health and disability law. She joined the Case Western Reserve law faculty in 1989.
This is McKinney's second Fulbright award. Her first was a grant for teaching 11 months in Nairobi, Kenya, in 1998-1999. Additionally, this will be Professor McKinney's second time living and working in Botswana. In 1988-1989, she worked with the clinical legal education program as it was getting started, under a USAID grant.
The Fulbright Program, the United States' flagship international educational exchange program, is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Since its inception, the Fulbright Program has exchanged approximately 273,500 people—102,900 Americans who have studied, taught or researched abroad and 170,600 students, scholars and teachers from other countries who have engaged in similar activities in the U.S. The program operates in 150 countries worldwide.
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