Sarah Federman, assistant professor in The University of Baltimore’s School of Public and International Affairs, has been accepted to the Fulbright Specialist Program Roster for a tenure of four years.
The highly selective Fulbright Specialist Program is an initiative of the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs that sends U.S. faculty and professionals to serve as researchers and expert consultants on curriculum, faculty development, institutional planning and related subjects at overseas academic institutions. Acceptance to the roster places Prof. Federman among a competitive pool of candidates who are eligible to be matched with projects designed by host institutions in more than 150 countries around the world, at any time during their four-year tenure on the roster. The Fulbright Specialist Program offers year-round project opportunities of two to six weeks in length.
As a Peace and Conflict Specialist, Prof. Federman will draw on her research and conflict facilitation experience to support developing curriculum, peace dialogues, emerging scholars, as well as other inclusion efforts around the world. Her pedagogical approach to the field is outlined in her co-authored textbook, Introduction to Conflict Resolution: Discourses and Dynamics. Her other publications—and forthcoming book—consider how businesses can make amends for participation in mass atrocity.
“A rising scholar in the negotiations and conflict management field, Prof. Federman will have an opportunity to leverage her background in peace and conflict studies to make contributions to universities, NGOs, or cultural centers looking to develop conflict resolution programming as a Fulbright Specialist,” said Ivan Sascha Sheehan, associate professor and executive director of the School of Public and International Affairs.
Fulbright Specialists are a diverse group of highly experienced, well-established faculty members and professionals who represent a wide variety of academic disciplines and professions. In order to be eligible to serve as a Fulbright Specialist, candidates must have significant experience in their respective field demonstrated by professional, academic, or artistic achievements. Prof. Federman earned admission to the roster after a lengthy application process and the recommendation of a peer review panel.
“That Prof. Federman is now eligible to serve as a Fulbright Specialist in a host country is a testament to the value of her expertise and an illustration of the leading reputation of our school,” Sheehan added. With the addition of Prof. Federman, the School of Public and International Affairs now has five Fulbright-eligible faculty members, including Professor Alan Lyles, Associate Professor Lorenda Naylor, Assistant Professor Kelechi Uzochukwu and Assistant Professor Al Gourrier.
While the standard Fulbright Specialist tenure is three years, Prof. Federman was approved for a four-year tenure to ensure that they receive a full-term on the roster, as the U.S. Department of State and World Learning take steps together to restart participant travel on a country-by-country basis following a temporary postponement of Fulbright Specialist projects due to COVID-19.