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Scholarly Networks: Social Networking for Academics

While chatting with Colleen Dube (Executive Director of the Fulbright Commission in Ireland) about the personal and professional impact of receiving a Fulbright scholar award, I realised that although “Fulbright changed my life” seemed to be a popular refrain, no one had ever really explored why that was so and in what specific ways Fulbright had changed their lives.

Following this discussion (and many more like it), I am pleased to announce a new research endeavour between higher education institutions in Ireland and the United States.

Using the Fulbright scholarly network as the context, this international research project examines the role of scholarly networks in lifelong professional learning for faculty in higher education.

Some of the questions that we hope to explore with this research include:

  • Why are some academic staff more engaged with building a research community and are better at building social networks, while others struggle on alone?
  • Can joining a scholarly network improve your academic profile and what are the downsides (if any)?
  • Where are these networks? How do you join one? Is there a secret handshake? How do you find out what’s the right place, right time, and who are the right people to be around?
  • Whose advice can you trust when everyone in the network is competing for the same resources and opportunities?
  • ¬†Why are some disciplines so much better at engaging their researchers and collaborating in these networks?
  • What effect does academic culture have on the success of a scholarly network?
  • Where do all the different disciplines meet? Or do they?
  • How does a scholarly network stay relevant and important to the individual members?

In the first stage of this study we examine the Fulbright award as an interdisciplinary ‘club’ or social network where knowledge is shared across academic fields and opportunities for research and publication with people from different disciplines are created. We ask whether the nature of the Fulbright award in particular creates opportunities for international relationships, both personal and professional, to be developed?

Stay tuned to this blog for updates (and outtakes!) on the how this research project develops.

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USF Fulbright Symposium

On Wednesday 3rd April I will be delivering the keynote speech, “Further & Adult Education in the ‘Path’ of the Perfect Storm” at the USF Fulbright Symposium.

My talk will explore the recent changes in adult and higher education in Ireland. I will also outline American transformative learning theory as applied to internal and external learning spaces for the individual.

I would be delighted to engage in a broader dialogue and discussion about how American transformative learning theory can enhance the teaching-learning environment for teachers in adult education in Ireland, at the Fulbright reception following the presentation.

The hashtag for the event is #FulbrightUSF should you wish to join the conversation online.

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Fulbright Awards Ceremony 2013

The Fulbright Awards Ceremony was held in Dublin Castle earlier this month.

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Waterford Institute of Technology have added a press release about the event to their website.

Trinity College Dublin also have some coverage of the ceremony.