Gary Kebbel named to Fulbright Review Committee

Gary Kebbel named to Fulbright Review Committee

Sunday, September 14, 2014 - 7:00pm

Journalism professor Gary Kebbel has been named a national reviewer of Fulbright applications for its Specialist Program. Kebbel is the first faculty member in the University of Nebraska–Lincoln College of Journalism and Mass Communications to join other media experts on the Communications and Journalism Peer Review Committee for Fulbright Specialists.
The Council for International Exchange of Scholars, which administers the Fulbright Specialist program in Washington, D.C., asked Kebbel to join the review committee after a presentation he made about his experiences as a Fulbright Specialist.

Kebbel has received two Fulbright Specialist grants. His most recent was in June to conduct training seminars in social and mobile media at the African Union in Ethiopia. He also has served as a Fulbright Specialist at Tshwane University of Technology in Pretoria, South Africa, helping its Journalism Department create a digital media curriculum. 

“This is a significant recognition of Professor Kebbel’s expertise,” said Dean Maria Marron of the College of Journalism and Mass Communications. “It is a wonderful accomplishment to be named to prestigious national review committees, and I am delighted to see that Gary has been invited to evaluate Fulbright Specialist proposals. The invitation speaks highly of the caliber of work done by faculty in our College.”

As a member of the review committee, Kebbel will help determine which proposals are awarded a Fulbright Specialist grant. According to its website, “The Fulbright Specialist Program promotes linkages between U.S. scholars and professionals and their counterparts at host institutions overseas. The program awards grants to qualified U.S. faculty and professionals, in select disciplines, to engage in short-term collaborative two- to six-week projects at eligible institutions in over 140 countries worldwide.”

“Eligible activities include short-term lecturing, conducting seminars, teacher training, assessments and evaluations, special conferences or workshops, as well as collaborating on faculty development and curriculum or institutional planning.”