Fulbright Specialists award: Report on a project by CIRP member Jean Lau Chin

Dr. Chin consulted on training and research in women’s issues and leadership at the Gender Studies Program at Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Jean Lau Chin, EdD, Professor of Psychology at Adelphi UniversityDr. Jean Lau Chin, Dean of Adelphi University‘s Gordon F. Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies and a member of the APA Committee on International Relations in Psychology (CIRP), completed a Senior Fulbright Specialists project at the Chinese University of Hong Kong during May/June 2012.

"Professor Chin‘s work clearly underscores the power of even relatively short Fulbright experiences; [she] and other Fulbrighters are leaders in preparing the next generations around the world," said Tina Richardson, PhD, and Puncky Heppner, PhD, co-chairs of CIRP.

Dr. Chin is one of over 400 U.S. faculty and professionals who traveled abroad this year through the Fulbright Specialists Program, which was created in 2000 to complement the traditional Fulbright Scholar Program. The Specialists Program gives support to prominent U.S. faculty and professionals for short-term academic opportunities (two to six weeks) for the purpose of supporting curricular and faculty development and institutional planning at post secondary, academic institutions around the world. For more information on the Fulbright Specialists Program, please visit the Fulbright website.

The Fulbright Scholar Program, founded in 1947 and administered by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES), is an international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State‘s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The Fulbright Program awards about 8,000 grants annually to approximately 1,600 U.S. students, 4,000 foreign students, 1,200 U.S. scholars and 900 visiting scholars, in addition to several hundred teachers and professionals. Around 310,000 'Fulbrighters' have participated in the program over its 60 years of existence.

In addition to the Fulbright Specialists Program, Fulbright has a number of other scholar programs for both U.S. and non-U.S. scholars, as well as for U.S. institutions. A few examples of Fulbright programs are listed below.

The Core Fulbright Scholar Program brings faculty and professionals from around the world to lecture or conduct research in the United States, and sends U.S. faculty and professionals abroad to lecture and conduct research in a wide variety of academic and professional fields.

The Fulbright NEXUS Regional Scholar Program brings together a network of junior scholars, professionals and midcareer applied researchers from the United States and other Western Hemisphere nations for a series of three seminar meetings and a Fulbright exchange experience.

The International Education Administrators (IEA) Seminars Program helps U.S. education professionals and officials create empowering connections with the societal, cultural and higher education systems of other countries.

The Occasional Lecturer Fund enables Fulbright Visiting Scholars who are currently in the United States to accept guest lecturing invitations at U.S. colleges and universities.

The Scholar-in-Residence Program supports non-U.S. scholars by providing grants to teach at institutions that do not yet have a strong international component.

An excerpt from the press release

Dr. Chin, a specialist on women and leadership, consulted to the Gender Studies Program and provided training and research on women‘s issues and diverse leadership at Chinese University of Hong Kong. Highlights of this project included how the Gender Studies program could become the regional leader in gender research and studies providing an Asian/Chinese cultural perspective. As the only Gender Studies program in Hong Kong, it is strategically positioned to fill a niche for CUHK. With its remarkable history in impacting social change, gender equity and gender consciousness in Hong Kong, its current global and interdisciplinary focus can influence the economic, political, and social development in Hong Kong today as it faces the challenge of rapid change and growing diversity in its population demographics. Challenging issues include defining the language of instruction (e.g., English, Cantonese and/ or PuTongHua for compulsory vs. elective courses), and how contemporary issues about gender will reflect global, regional, and local issues in the curriculum (e.g., trafficking of women, violence and harassment against women, women and leadership, work-family balance, population studies and impact of birth rate), resourcing an Interdisciplinary Studies model, and developing student internships to promote policy advocacy, and leadership training/mentorship.

A second highlight was the interviews conducted with women leaders within higher education, government, community services, and corporations in Hong Kong. Their perspective and leadership styles reveal how gender and ethnicity influences the exercise of leadership. This will provide comparison with Asian American women leaders expanding our international perspectives in understanding leadership. Dr. Chin gave several presentations on women and leadership.