Communications faculty member selected as Fulbright Scholar

A faculty member in Penn State's College of Communications has received a Fulbright Scholar grant to lecture in Ukraine during the 2012-13 academic year.

Associate professor Russell Frank will spend the fall semester teaching teaching a class titled “Best Practices in American Journalism” at Ivan Franko National University of Lviv in western Ukraine. He is one of approximately 1,100 U.S. faculty and professionals who will travel abroad through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program in 2012-13.

Frank teaches news writing, feature writing, news media ethics and the of journalism at Penn State. He worked for newspapers in California and Pennsylvania as a reporter and editor for 12 years before joining the University faculty in 1998.

He is the education chair on the board of directors of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists and a member of the American Folklore Society, the International Association for Literary Journalism Studies, the International Society for Contemporary Legend Research and the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.

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. Since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright Program has given approximately 310,000 students, scholars, teachers artists and scientists the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. 

The primary source of funding for the Fulbright Program is an annual appropriation made by the Congress to the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The program operates in more than 155 countries worldwide.

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Last Updated August 09, 2012