Alumni Ambassadors

Fulbright Scholar Alumni Ambassador Program


Introducing the 2016 Fulbright U.S. Scholar Alumni Ambassadors

The Institute of International Education (IIE), administers the Fulbright Scholar Program in collaboration with the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The worldwide success and sterling reputation of the Fulbright Program has been built on the talent, commitment and professionalism of scholars who have served as Fulbrighters at universities and research institutions in more than 160 countries.

Recognizing the passion Fulbright Scholars bring to their work and the tremendous difference they've made in American academia, we have expanded our engagement with the U.S. higher education community by including Fulbright U.S. Scholar alumni in our outreach efforts. Fulbright Scholar Alumni Ambassadors serve as official representatives of the Fulbright Scholar Program at the events for which they are selected.

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History and Funding

The Fulbright Scholar Program, funded by the U.S. Department of State, supports more than 800 U.S. faculty and professionals each year to teach and/or conduct research in more than 125 countries around the world.  A key priority of for the State Department and the Institute of International Education (IIE), is to increase the diversity of of the scholar who participate in the program and the range of U.S. higher education institutions that are represented overall.  To support this goal, IIE launched the Fulbright Scholar Alumni Ambassador Program.

The Fulbright Scholar Alumni Ambassador Program identifies, trains and utilizes a select group of Fulbright Scholar alumni to serve as representatives for the Fulbright Scholar Program at campus presentations and academic conferences across the United States.  Ambassadors are selected from the full spectrum of U.S. academic disciplines, higher education and geographic regions.  Ambassadors serve a two-year terms and present information on their Fulbright experience at multiple outreach events each year.

Alumni Ambassadors are nominated from Fulbright Scholar Program alumni who have successfully completed three years of service as regional peer reviewers for the program. Ambassadors discuss their individual Fulbright experience, with a focus on the impact of their grant on their career, home institution, and communities.

Alumni Ambassador activities are supported by IIE’s Fulbright Legacy Fund, sponsored by the IIE Board of Trustees.

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How Fulbright Ambassadors are Nominated

The Fulbright Scholar Alumni Ambasssador program is only for Fulbright U.S. Scholar alumni. Alumni Ambassadors are nominated from Fulbright Scholar Program alumni who have successfully completed three years of service as regional peer reviewers for the program.  Ambassadors discuss their individual Fulbright experience, with a focus on the impact of their grant on their career, home institution, and communities.  If you are interested in serving as a peer review committee member, please contact us at peerreview@iie.org for more information.

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Emeriti have completed their appointments as official representatives of the Fulbright Scholar program.

Meet the Ambassadors

Namesort descending Countries Discipline Institution
Allegrante, John Iceland Public/Global Health Columbia University
Baker, Adria South Korea Linguistics Rice University
Breckenridge, Stan Poland Music California State University-Fullerton
Caristi, Dom Greece, Slovenia Communications Ball State University
Cilano, Cara Austria, Belarus Literature Michigan State University
Cuevas, Jenny India Law Miami Dade College
Danico, Mary Yu South Korea Sociology California Polytechnic State University-Pomona
Engelen-Eigles, Deborah South Korea Sociology and Gender Studies Century College
Esber, Rosemarie Saudi Arabia History Independent Scholar/Unaffiliated
Hafer, James Russia Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences Chief Dull Knife College
Hale, Daris Tanzania Music Texas State University
Kendall, Diane South Africa Speech and Hearing University of Washington
Keresztesi, Rita Burkina Faso English University of Oklahoma
Litvin, Stephen Canada Business Administration College of Charleston
Louderback, Pamela United Kingdom Education Northeastern State University
Maddox Toungara, Jeanne Cote d'Ivoire History - Fulbright-Hays Research Award Howard University
McLoughlin, Shirley Georgia Education Keene State College
Michelson, Bruce Belgium English University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Phillips, Amelia Namibia Information Technology Highline Community College
Polkinghorn, Brian Israel Sociology Salisbury University
Sajko, Brian Taiwan Theater Stephens College
Sasaki, Charles Germany, Russia International Education Administrator Seminar Windward Community College
Silva, Adelina Russia Education/Administration Alamo Colleges
Standerfer, Christina Albania Communication University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service
Tompkins, Perry Ecuador Physics Southwest Baptist University
Vulinec, Kevina Brazil Environmental Sciences Delaware State University
Waters, Karen India Language and Literature Marymount University
Werbel, Amy China Area Studies Fashion Institute of Technology