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July 26, 2005
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EMU professor awarded Fulbright grant to discuss education in Bosnia and Herzegovina

YPSILANTI - Joe Bishop, assistant professor in the Department of Teacher Education at Eastern Michigan University, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant for teaching and research in Bosnia and Herzegovina during the 2005-06 academic year.

While overseas, Bishop will discuss schools, democracy and citizenship with educators. He said he also expects to discuss schools in a multicultural society.

He has studied or taught in several European and former Soviet republics, but this will be his first time in Bosnia and Herzegovina, which declared its independence from the former Yugoslavia in 1992.

"I'm looking forward to it," said Bishop, a resident of Ypsilanti. "The schools and the education system will resemble some kind of post-Soviet realm, but in transition. And where there is transition, they're looking to teach new things to promote democratic citizenship."

Bishop, who has been at EMU since 2001, leaves for Bosnia and Herzegovina February 2006 and returns in July. Recently, he went to Washington D.C. to learn more about the Fulbright program and his itinerary.

Bishop has been assigned as a member of the Faculty of Islamic Sciences at the University of Sarajevo. His day-to-day schedule will be set once he arrives, based upon regional needs.

Bishop's Fulbright award builds on his other work with educators from former Soviet republics. For the last two years, he has received grants to bring college professors and K-12 teachers from former Soviet republics to Ypsilanti. The educators received a first-hand look at American society in general and its education system in particular. The length of stay varies, from two weeks for school directors to five weeks for educators.

Bishop is one of about 800 U.S. faculty and professionals who will travel abroad to some 140 countries through the Fulbright Scholar program. Established in 1946, the program builds mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries.

The Council on International Exchange awarded those grants, as part of a larger program funded by the U.S. Department of State to spread democratic principles.

Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their careers and lives, and to be better citizens.

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Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their career and lives, and to be better citizens.

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