SUNY Oswego Named a Top-Producing Fulbright Campus

OSWEGO — The Chronicle of Higher Education has recognized SUNY Oswego as one of this year’s Fulbright Scholarship “top producers.” Two Oswego faculty members are studying and teaching overseas on Fulbright awards, one in India and the other in Kenya.

The top producer nationally in Oswego’s category of master’s universities was Towson University, with four recipients.

In addition to Oswego’s two faculty recipients — Dr. Geraldine Forbes of the history department and Dr. Faith Maina of the curriculum and instruction department — Dr. Joshua McKeown, Oswego’s director of international education and programs, was selected to participate in a Fulbright-Nehru International Education Administrators Seminar in India in the spring.

Allan E. Goodman, president of the?Institute of International Education congratulated SUNY Oswego President Deborah F. Stanley on the recognition on behalf of both the institute and the Fulbright Program’s sponsor, the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Forbes has a long history of experience with the Fulbright program. Her current award is a Fulbright-Nehru Visiting Lecturer Fellowship. She had a previous six-month Fulbright Research Grant to India in 2003-04.

She also has been instrumental in bringing five Fulbright scholars from India to SUNY Oswego and strengthening the college’s connection with that nation. An Oswego colleague in the English department, Dr. Edward O’Shea, credited Forbes for helping to secure his experience in Kolkata as a Fulbright-Nehru Visiting Lecturer in 2010.

“SUNY Oswego has been a leader in international education for a long time,” McKeown said. He added that the Fulbright recognition by the Chronicle “is evidence of our faculty members’ increasingly global research and scholarly interests and acknowledges the institution’s support of international experiences for all who seek them.”