FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 12, 2003
CONTACT: Carol Anderson
EMU Professor Receives Fulbright
Senior Specialist Grant in Public Administration
YPSILANTI Raymond Rosenfeld, Eastern Michigan University professor of
political science, has received a Fulbright Senior Specialists grant in public
administration at the Ukrainian Academy of Public Administration.
Rosenfeld is traveling to various Ukrainian cities where he is teaching classes
in public policy studies, meeting with faculty groups and exploring local government
research possibilities. Public policy is a new field in the Ukraine, said Rosenfeld.
A number of years ago, no one had heard about public policy.
Public policy is the process by which government institutions make policy decisions,
said Rhonda Kinney, EMU department head for political science at EMU. In the
Ukraine, government must decide how to advance the country toward a democratic
state, she said. Public policy is what state and local governments do to achieve
that goal. Possible examples Kinney cited were economic development policy,
tax structure and development of transportation.
Created to complement the traditional Fulbright Scholar Program, the Fulbright
Senior Specialists Program offers two-six week grants to leading U.S. academics
and professionals. The program supports curricular and faculty development and
institutional planning at academic institutions in 140 countries.
The Fulbright Senior Specialist Program differs from the traditional Fulbright
Scholar competition in that candidates apply to be added to a recommended roster
of specialists. As countries request specialists, the candidates are matched
with appropriate programs.
During a prior trip to the Ukraine in 1995-96, Rosenfeld received a Senior
Fulbright grant to lecture on public policy at the Ukrainian Academy of Public
Administration. His lectures have been published in English and are the first
materials to be published in Ukrainian on public policy, said Rosenfeld. He
is credited in the publication by the Academys vice rector with introducing
public policy to the country.
I believe that I have some understanding of the challenges of creating
a nation and a civil service in this nation that does not have significant modern
roots upon which to build., said Rosenfeld,. With the exception
of the past a few years, Ukraine has not been an independent country since the
Raymonds Fulbright grant represents a success of the University
and department to integrate international perspectives into our community engagement
and curriculum development activities. By broadening our focus to include international
communities, he is building on our departments long tradition of maintaining
close working relationships with local governments and organizations throughout
southeastern Michigan, said Kinney.
For many faculty in the U.S., taking a semester or a full academic year
is difficult on their careers and their families, said Rosenfeld, who
returns to the United States May 18. The senior specialists grant allows
for the clear identification of relatively short-term goals which can be accomplished
in two to six weeks.
In addition to his EMU professorship, Rosenfeld is director of internships and director of the master in public administration program at the University. He is a member of the American Political Science Association and the American Society for Public Administration. His most recent publication is Derzhavna Polityka ta Analiz Polityky (Public Policy and Policy Analysis), published in English and Ukrainian, Kyiv, Ukraine (Ukrainian Academy of Public Administration, 2001).
Rosenfelds current research project is a survey of local governments
in the United States and Canada concerning economic development programming
and the concept of civic culture. It is an offshoot of his recently published
book The Civic Culture of Local Economic Development (Sage Publications,
He has a doctorate in political science from Emory University.
The Fulbright Scholar Program, which was started in 1946, is sponsored
by the United States Department of States Bureau of Educational and Cultural
Affairs and managed by the council for International Exchange of Scholars. The
programs purpose is to increase mutual understanding between the people
of the U.S. and those of other countries.