Philip Wainwright

Reinvigorating teaching through global project support

Philip Wainwright knows first-hand the benefits of career-related travel. He studied the Japanese educational system, thanks to the support of a Fulbright grant, and that experience now informs his work as vice provost of global strategy and initiatives.

"Actually being there gives you a different kind of understanding and perspective that provides greater clarity in your work, and you can bring these insights back to campus and act on them," says Wainwright, who is directing the expansion of faculty support for global projects.

The Global Fellowships Faculty Support initiative in his office is a new resource designed to raise awareness of international research and teaching opportunities and to assist faculty with logistics. "A key priority is adding value and support to all major international activities of the work of faculty," Wainwright says.

The global strategy team is initially working to build on Emory's successful record with the U.S. State Department program. Emory faculty and staff have garnered nearly three dozen Fulbright awards in the past decade. "Going forward, we'll work with deans and faculty to expand support to other programs," says Kevin Kelly, who's leading the initiative for the Office of Global Stategy and Initiatives (GSI).

A recent event by the GSI showcased a panel of faculty who shared advice from their Fulbright experiences. It was part of a day of programming developed in partnership with the Center for Faculty Development and Excellence (CFDE). The collaboration allowed GSI to expand this annual event as well as extended the work of CFDE in facilitating faculty connections with program officers, editors, and agents.

"Everyone should go on a Fulbright," says Professor Joe Crespino, who had the opportunity to teach American history in Germany last year. "I was able to think about the craft of teaching in new ways. It's reinvigorating."