Dr. Lynnette Zelezny, associate vice president of Continuing and Global Education and associate provost at Fresno State, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to study and observe educational developments in international education in Germany.

She is one of approximately 1,100 faculty and professionals in the United States who will travel abroad through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program in 2012-13. 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.

Zelezny is an applied social psychologist who has published research related to the environment, health and women in leadership. She has taught at Fresno State for more than 20 years and has been chair of the Department of Psychology and interim associate dean of the Craig School of Business.

Her numerous teaching, research, and mentoring awards include Carnegie U.S. Professor of the Year nominee. She was one of 34 American Council of Education fellows in 2008-9.

During her two weeks in Germany, Zelezny will visit Munich, Berlin and Frankfurt to meet with education and government officials to encourage future international partnerships. Fresno State has undertaken a major international connection initiative to bring students and faculty from other countries to campus and to help students and faculty gain global perspective by studying, teaching or doing research abroad.

The Fulbright Program is sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between Americans and the people of other countries.

The primary source of funding is an annual appropriation made by Congress to the Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations and foundations abroad and in the U.S. also provide direct and indirect support.

The program was established in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late Sen. J. William Fulbright of Arkansas. It has given approximately 310,000 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.

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