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Fielding alumnus Steve Wallis, PhD, appointed to Fullbright Specialist Program

Posted by Hilary Edwards on Mon, Jun 03, 2013

Fielding Graduate University alumnus Steve Wallis, PhD (HOD '06), appointed to the Fulbright Specialist Program

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Steve WallisRegarding his recent appointment, Wallis stated, "My deepest appreciation goes out to all my Fielding family. This honor will help me to help others around the world...And, my invitation goes out to my colleagues outside the United States...Let us create a project where new insights into a science of Conceptual Systems might be used to support your institutional efforts to build interdisciplinary collaboration, teach better theory, focus research more effectively, and create better policy for improved results and reduced cost."

Qualified U.S. scholars and professionals apply throughout the calendar year for candidacy on the Fulbright Specialists Roster. Peer review is conducted eight times each year. The Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) builds lists of qualified candidates for each eligible discipline and facilitates matching Specialist candidates with project requests. Eligible institutions submit Specialist project requests through the appropriate Fulbright agency in their country. Once approved by the Fulbright Commission or U.S. Embassy, the Specialist project request is forwarded to the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs for final approval. 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.” With this goal as a starting point, the Fulbright Program has provided almost 310,000 participants—chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential — with the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.

The Fulbright Specialist Program (FSP) promotes linkages between U.S. academics and professionals and their counterparts at host institutions overseas. The program is designed to award grants to qualified U.S. faculty and professionals, in select disciplines, to engage in short-term collaborative 2 to 6 week projects at host institutions in over 100 countries worldwide. International travel costs and a stipend are funded by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Participating host institutions cover grantee in-country expenses or provide in-kind services.

Wallis received his doctoral degree in 2006 from Fielding Graduate University (School of Human and Organizational Development). He has more than a decade of experience as an organizational development consultant in Northern California and a broad range of interdisciplinary interests. Wallis also serves as Adjunct Faculty at Capella University and as Director for the Foundation for the Advancement of Social Theory (FAST). At FAST he supports emerging scholars who are working to identify rigorous paths for the validation of theory through a deeper knowledge of critical metatheory and metapolicy analysis. His academic publications cover a range of fields including ethics, management, organizational change, social entrepreneurship, and policy.

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