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Shannon Chance Ph.D. '10

Awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to do research at the Dublin Institute of Technology

At DIT, Shannon will conduct research on Engineering and Design Education, and teach Architecture classesDr. Shannon Chance, an adjunct professor and 2010 graduate of the School of Education at The College of William and Mary, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to do research at the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) in Ireland during the 2012-2013 academic year, according to the United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

Working in DIT's College of Engineering and the Built Environment, Dr. Chance will research innovative ways to teach engineering and architecture. In one project, she will interview engineering students and their professors, to assess the benefits of hands-on "Problem-Based Learning." In another, she will study the process DIT used to transform its Electrical Engineering program. She will also integrate new approaches into architecture classrooms by co-teaching architecture courses.

Dr. Chance is one of approximately 1100 U.S. faculty and professionals who will travel abroad through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program in 2012-2013.

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. The primary source of funding for the Fulbright Program is an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations and foundations in foreign countries and in the United States also provide direct and indirect support. Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. The Program operates in over 155 countries worldwide.

Since its establishment in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late U.S. Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright Program has given approximately 300,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists, and scientists the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.

Fulbright recipients are among over 40,000 individuals participating in U.S. Department of State exchange programs each year. For more than sixty years, the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs has funded and supported programs that seek to promote mutual understanding and respect between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program is administered by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars, a division of the Institute of International Education.

For further information about the Fulbright Program or the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, please visit this website or contact James A. Lawrence, Office of Academic Exchange Programs, telephone 202-632-3241 or e-mail