Fulbright Specialist Program – Awarded Institutions & Outcomes

The Fulbright Specialist Program has a track record of successful visits to various institutions across Australia. Fulbright Specialists from a diverse array of disciplines have been invited to teach, lead seminars, deliver public lectures, hold workshops, and take part in collaborative research, leading to countless bilateral linkages and positive outcomes. See below for a recap of previous Fulbright Specialist activities:


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The University of Melbourne

Main representative: Professor Andrew Holmes Specialist: Dr Paul Sanberg Affiliation: University of South Florida Field: Business Administration

The aim of the project is to improve the translation of basic science to commercialisable products, and to promote the spirit of entrepreneurship. Professor Sanberg has a distinguished career in the biotech and pharmaceutical industry and success in commercialising biotechnology inventions. He is Senior Vice President for research, innovation and Knowledge Enterprise at the University of South Florida and founding President of the National Academy of Inventors. The knowledge gained through Professor Sanberg’s visit will make a valuable contribution to work of the University of Melbourne, the Australian National University, and the State of Victoria and to the Australian Capital Territory; the nation of Australia will benefit in both its entrepreneurial and scientific endeavours.


Australian Strategic Policy Institute

Main representative: Ms Danielle Cave. Specialist: Ms Elsa Kania. Affiliation: Center for a New American Security Field: Computer Science

ASPI’s International Cyber Policy Centre conducts original, empirical research to identify, track and explain the most important cyber developments with a focus on the Asia-Pacific. They  engage with policy makers and the public both in Australia and overseas and produce constructive recommendations for adapting to changes just around the corner. The Specialist helped inject an American perspective into Australian and regional public discourse at a time when many governments and research institutes are heavily focused on cyber developments in Asia, and particularly, in China. The United States has a more cyber-mature environment than Australia. The visit add immense value to ASPI’s stable of cyber policy and technical experts. Importantly, it provided ASPI with a greater depth of understanding of new and emerging cyber developments in the US – from cyber-security, to the Internet of Things to Artificial Intelligence – and insight into how these developments might impact the Asia-Pacific region.


The University of Adelaide

Main representative: Professor Wayne Hein Specialist: Professor David Dorman Affiliation: North Carolina State University Field: Public/Global Health

The project related to the preparation of a two-day workshop on chemical risk assessment given at the University of Adelaide and the Australian Department of Health. The first day of the workshop focused on generic chemical risk assessment issues while the second day focused on chemicals of interest to Australia. These chemicals include manganese, dust and sand particles, hydrogen sulfide, and endocrine active chemicals. The goal of this portion of the workshop was to increase awareness of the role environmental exposure to different chemicals plays in public health. This workshop also served as an important continuing education service to the toxicology community in Australia. Another important goal of this project was to catalyze activities between the University of Adelaide and other institutions. The visit strengthened collaboration between Adelaide University and the Australian Department of Health, and a recently initiated collaboration between North Carolina State University and the Robinson Research Institute investigating biomedical mechanisms of endocrine active chemicals during pregnancy and development.

Deakin University

Main representative: Professor Emma Kowal Specialist: Professor Karen Barad Affiliation: University of California at Santa Cruz Field: Science & Society

Through the Science and Society Network, Science & technology studies scholars are trained in the arts, humanities and social sciences, allowing them to effectively work across disciplinary boundaries. Globally, leading science and technology scholars are making critical contributions to global science, from developing guidelines on gene editing to safeguarding environmental data. Australia has little institutional infrastructure for science & technology studies, despite the increasing importance of the Asia-Pacific region in scientific innovation as funding lags in the US and Europe. With unique environmental challenges, a vibrant scientific research sector, and recognition of Indigenous knowledges, Australia has much to gain from strong and diverse science & technology studies discipline, and much to contribute to the field internationally. As a Fulbright Specialist, Professor Barad provided crucial advice and support as the Deakin Science and Society Network develops a national research training program focussed on collaborative research practices between arts, humanities, social sciences and science scholars.

James Cook University

Main representative: Dr Silvia Tavares. Specialist: Mr Charles Wolfe. Affiliation: Seeing Better Cities Group. Field: Urban Planning.

Urban diaries help promote urban livability through the acknowledgement and understanding of the uniqueness of each place. Mr Wolfe was in Cairns as part of his Australia-wide speaking tour, and was a keynote speaker for the launch event of JCU’s Tropical Urbanism and Design Lab (TUDLab). As part of the TUDLab launch activities Mr. Wolfe also led a masterclass to demonstrate the power and utility of his urban diary methodology and potential policy, planning and regulatory implementation. The visit enabled the Specialist to return for a longer, more meaningful, and dedicated engagement with the university and TUDLab team, besides allowing for a wider engagement with community and local government through his participation in the UN-WUC. The UN-WUC events happened in Cairns and Townsville, which are unique cities in their landscape and climate. While these are expanding tropical cities, they are located far away from main urban centers, meaning they need attention in order to foster positive change that will produce good quality urban environments.

Charles Darwin University

Main representative: Ms Maryanne McKaige. Specialist: Professor Daniel Dennett. Affiliation: Tufts University. Field: Biology Education.

CDU has previously engaged with experts in the field of Charles Darwin history and evolutionary biology, specifically speciation and how animal species evolve. The project intended to associate the university with a specialist in the evolution of the human mind, from the perspective of philosophy. This specialist field of academic work was of considerable general interest to the CDU community, but received particular interest for staff and postgraduate students in the Schools of Environment, Health and Creative Arts and Humanities given the connections to biological evolution, psychology, human creativity, learning and philosophy. Professor Dennett is internationally renowned for his work and many presentations and publications in this field. He had worked in Australia previously, but never in Darwin. Prof Dennett’s engagement with CDU staff and students significantly advanced their understanding of Charles Darwin’s legacy, and enhanced many aspects of their teaching, learning and research.


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Monash University

Main representative: Professor Charles Pilgrim Specialist: Thomas Clark Gamblin Affiliation: MCW Cancer Centre Field: Public/Global Health

The USA leads the world in delivering surgical oncology as a surgical subspeciality. The provision of cancer services in the US differs from the Australian context significantly. In Australia we have organ-specific general surgery subspecialities (colorectal, upper gastrointestinal [UGI], breast/endocrine) whereas in the US, there is a fundamentally different approach with disease-specific treatment (including surgical oncology), meaning cancer patients are treated by cancer surgeons. This is of particular relevance when considering the well-established case-volume outcome relationship seen with uncommon cancers such as oesophageal and pancreatic.

Queensland University of Technology

Main representative: A/P Molly Dragiewicz Specialist: Mark Wynn Affiliation: Mark Wynn Consulting Field: Criminology

Australia is experiencing a wave of activity to improve responses to domestic and family violence. However, there is limited expertise available in country to provide specialized training for police. Absent training, workers rely on stereotypes that make them vulnerable to manipulation by abusers and harmful victim blaming. This program meets essential needs via: a. Public lecture (recorded) for workers who are come into contact with domestic violence situations, offenders, and victims. b. Classroom seminars (recorded) for undergraduate and graduate units at QUT and CQU. c. Expert training for police leadership including domestic violence liaison officers to support cultural change to improve domestic violence response. d. Recording In Conversation interview to be available in the CDFVR website.

University of Notre Dame – Australia

Main representative: Professor Sandy Lynch Specialist: Professor Candace Arlene Vogler Affiliation: University of Chicago Field: Ethics and Education

Professor Vogler will lead an initiative to develop the virtue ethical and formative

dimensions of UNDA’s ethics education curricula. Given her internationally recognised research at the intersection of virtue ethics, moral psychology, and character formation, she is uniquely placed to critically review and assess the effectiveness of UNDA’s pedagogical approaches to ethics education, its philosophical foundations and its practical implementation, and to provide specialised advice on how it may be strengthened. The project aligns with a crucial aspect of UNDA’s distinctive mission to provide all students with a philosophically rich, practically relevant, and personally formative ethics education. It will benefit every UNDA student in two ways: through professional ethics education within their own disciplines, as well as through the UNDA’s compulsory core curriculum program. Professor Vogler will also hold seminars and workshops with staff to engage them in this process of reflection, review and recalibration of the ethics curriculum.

Macquarie University

Main representative: Professor  Jeffrey Braithwaite Specialist: Stephen Edward Muething Affiliation: University of Maryland, Field: Public/Global Health

The Cincinnati Children’s Hospital (CCH) is a world leader in developing healthcare delivery systems that reduce harm. Professor Muething, Professor of Pediatrics, University of Cincinnati has worked at CCH for 30 years including ten years in a patient safety leadership position. CCH now do not just deliver great healthcare but have a goal to make Cincinnati one of the healthiest places to grow up. This Australian partnership aims to learn from CCH to reduce harm to children, build collaborative linkages with the CCH, and create similar networks to the Children’s Hospital Solution for Patient Safety – a network of more than 90 children’s hospitals collaborating to eliminate serious harm for all pediatric patients across the United States.

Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation

Main representative: Dr Bryan Lessard Specialist: Norman Woodley Affiliation: Smithsonian Institution Field: Biology Education

Agriculturally important Australian flies (Insecta) have received little research attention and their classifications are considered challenging. With a lack of robust classification schemes, unidentified specimens have accumulated in the CSIRO insect collection for over 50 years. International expert Dr Woodley will transfer his intimate knowledge of these flies to students and early career researchers through a series of training workshops on insect identification, morphology and genomic data interpretation, collaborative scientific writing sessions, fieldwork and biological surveys of Australian insects. A major benefit will be the species-level identification and curation of specimens that will be used to identify future pest species.

University of Queensland

Main representative: Professor Heather Douglas, Specialist: Professor Leigh Goodmark, Affiliation: University of Maryland, Field: Law

The proposed program draws on Professor Goodmark’s extensive knowledge and understanding of the legal response to domestic violence in the United States.


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University of Queensland

Main representative: Professor Peter Drysdale Specialist: Derek Scissors Affiliation: American Enterprise Institute Field: Economics

As part of the framework set out in the Australia-China Joint Economic Report (ACJER) launched in August 2016, the ACJER establishes a ten-year forward agenda for strengthening the relationship between the two countries and will involve a wide range of official engagement and collaborative projects. A primary goal is to establish a top centre for international policy research on Chinese overseas investment, which will both inform policymaking and lead the policy conversation. EABER will work directly with Treasury to compile a world-class public database that enables analysis of China–Australia investment flows in an international setting. This initiative will inject the necessary rigor into policymaking decisions and lead the national policy conversation.

University of New England

Main representative: Professor Stephen Tobias, Specialist: Professor Elaine Scott, Affiliation: University of Washington, Bothell, Field: Education

The University of New England (UNE) has a planned expansion in the provision of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics and will complement this provision with the disciplines of Medicine and Education. Professor Elaine Scott’s visit will allow UNE and capitalise on her leadership and expertise to assure the establishment and sustainability of this Facility, and collaborate with University of Sydney.

James Cook University

Main representative: Professor Scott Ritchie, Specialist: Professor Leon Lounibos, Affiliation: University of Florida, Field:Global/Public Health

Professor Lounibos’s visit will bring to Cairns and Brisbane a leading expert on the ecology of the Aedes aegypti and the Aedes albopictus species whose research has elucidated the mechanism of competitive displacement of A. aegypti by A. albopictus in Florida, which can contribute to Australian efforts to curtail a feared invasion by the Asian Tiger Mosquito from the Torres Straits. Workshops, seminars, and discussion groups organized by institutions in the two host cities will provide forums for exchanges of accomplishments, ideas, and proposals among diverse audiences, directed towards improved biosecurity, public health, and mitigation of risks from invasive mosquito vectors.

University of Sydney / Australian National University

Main representative: Professor Patrick Parkinson, Specialist: Professor Thomas Oldham, Affiliation: University of Houston, Field: Family Law

Professor Oldham’s visit will bring a comparison of the legal principles in US and Australian law for the division of family property and payments of child support, and choice of law issues when couples who have an association by citizenship or domicile with more than one country, separate.

University of Sydney / Curtin University

Main representative: Dr Gerard Goggin & Dr Katie Ellis, Specialist: Professor Beth Haller, Affiliation: Towson University, Field: Communications/Journalism

Professor Haller’s visit will promote mutual understanding of disability and media in Australia and US. She will facilitate the exchange of expertise and the building of collaborative linkages, by using her extensive networks in the US and elsewhere. She will also develop academic curricula, educational materials, and best practice pedagogy about disability in Australia

University of Melbourne

Main representative: Professor Bill Adam, Specialist: Dr Lisa Gruenberg, Affiliation: Harvard University, Field:Public/Global Health

An expert in clinical education/womens and childrens health, Dr Gruenberg will provide input into reviews of innovative rural intern training program, with a particular emphasis on the challenges of curriculum content and delivery in a rural health setting. She will contribute to the much needed training of rural clinical educators. She will enrich staff and student understanding on global (remote) health.


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University of Western Australia

Main representative: A/Professor Sophie Gilles, Specialist: Professor Edwin Cruz, Affiliation: University of California, San Diego, Field: Urban Planning

The type and scope of work proposed for Professor Cruz at UWA for 2016 fits within four groups; design studios with students, seminars with faculty members, professionals in allied industries and academics across the University, along with course and Faculty development meetings and public lectures.

Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

Main representative: Dr Simon Toze, Specialist: Professor Valerie Harwood, Affiliation: University of South Florida, Field:Envirnomental Science/Public & Global Health

Professor Harwood provided technical information and programmatic guidance on the use of microarray techniques, next generation sequencing and bio-informatics for the detection of multiple faecal source tracking markers at CSIRO Land and Water. She also presented seminars on the current developments of faecal pollution tracking and its use as a regulatory tool in the U.S. to the target audience including regulators, researchers and students, and provided a direct linkage for collaboration between CSIRO and University of South Florida.

Australian National University

Main representative: A/Professor Cressida Fforde, Specialist: Professor Timothy McKeown, Affiliation: U.S. Department of the Interior, Field: Anthropology

As an expert in the repatriation of Indigenous human remains, Dr McKeown provided specialist input into the development and delivery of the first of an annual 5-day intensive training module on the topic, as well as provide lectures, master classes, and seminars in existing undergraduate, postgraduate, and public programs at three Australian universities, the National Museum of Australia; and the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies.

Macquarie University

Main representative: A/Professor Catherine Dean, Specialist: Professor Pamela Duncan, Affiliation: Wake Forest University, Field: Public/Global Health

Professor Duncan worked with academic staff in the Department of Health Professions to review, develop and deliver components of the new Doctor of Physiotherapy program. In addition, Professor Duncan assisted staff involved in the other health and medicine programs, hospitals and clinics to promote interdisciplinary education and research opportunities.

University of the Sunshine Coast

Main representative: Professor Robert Elliot, Specialist: Professor Hank Harlow, Affiliation: University of Wyoming, Field:Environmental Science

Professor Harlow contributed his expert international perspective to the development of a new Zoology major at USC as well as to the delivery of specialist lectures into the current science program. He mentored students working on projects in Borneo and Cambodia. Professor Harlow also presented a number of public lectures on his research and work in the Greater Yellowstone National Park. Finally, he lead discussions with USC researchers and external collaborators on the development of an international research project on Sun Bears.

University of Sydney

Main representative: Dr Frances Di Lauro, Specialist: A/Professor Robert Cummings, Affiliation: University of Mississippi, Field: Communications & Journalism

Professor Cummings promoted the use of Open Educational Resources (OER) to the Australian higher education sector and the development of ongoing collaborative writing partnerships that link graduate and undergraduate students from the University of Sydney with those from the University of Mississippi. Professor Cummings assisted these initiatives, conducted needs assessments, developed curricular resources, and presented a Sydney Ideas public lecture, a cross-institutional symposium, and an inter-school seminar.


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University of Canberra

Main representative: Professor Anthony Capon, Specialist: Professor Andrew Dannenberg, Affiliation: University of Washington, Field: Public/global health

In the first phase of his visit Professor Dannenberg ran the inaugural intensive short course on healthy and sustainable places at the University of Canberra (UC). The curriculum for this course was developed with Prof Dannenberg prior to his arrival in Australia. The second phase, hosted by the UNSW Healthy Built Environment Program (HBEP), reviewed healthy places capacity building efforts led by the HBEP and culminate in a roundtable with key stakeholders to recommend future options.

Charles Sturt University

Main representative: Professor Lisa Given, Specialist: A/Professor Lyn Westbrook, Affiliation: University of Texas at Austin, Field: Library Science

Professor Westbrook developed capacity among staff at the School of Information Studies (SIS) as they brought research into the classroom. Her visit enabled staff to: 1) embed research findings into curricular materials, appropriately and systematically; 2) revitalize research subjects in Information Studies courses; 3) develop a coursework-supported PhD, focusing on student engagement; and, 4) increase the quantity and quality of research grants and publications.

University of Western Australia

Main representative: Professor Martin Graeme, Specialist: Professor Fred Allendorf, Affiliation: University of Montana, Field: Environmental Science

Professor Allendorf developed a 3-day unit in Restoration Genetics in the 2nd semester of the 2013 academic year. This was a collaborative effort between the Schools of Animal and Plant Biology at UWA. In addition, geneticists from the Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC), and the Conservation Genetics lab at Kings Park Botanic Garden (KPGB) participated. Professor Allendorf also developed linkages between UWA and his home institution, the University of Montana.

Flinders University

Main representative: A/Professor Amanda Ellis, Specialist: Dr Audrey Levine, Affiliation: Battelle Memorial Institute, Field: Environmental Science

Dr Levine provided input into the development of curricula, and lecture into, the world’s first degree in Clean Technologies, in line with Flinders University Strategic Areas of Research and South Australian priority areas. Activities, directly related to their expertise, focused on water related to existing and future clean technologies, and benefits and issues to be faced in this arena. Lecture, workshop and assessment materials instrumental to effective delivery were developed.

University of Newcastle (Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children)

Main representative: Professor Greg Leigh, Specialist: Professor Christine Monikowski, Affiliation: Rochester Institute of Technology, Field: Applied linguistics/TEFL

Professor Monikowski provided a series of interactive workshops for educators, sign language interpreters and school support staff throughout Australia and New Zealand. She gave lectures as part of university courses at Macquarie University and the RIDBC Renwick Centre (University of Newcastle). Professor Monikowski consulted with each of the organisations regarding (a) evidence-based practice in the provision of educational interpreting heir settings, to provide suggestions to improve the arrangements at the time, and (b) joint research projects being undertaken then by Macquarie University and RIDBC Renwick Centre/ in the area of sign language interpreting in school education programs.

Macquarie University

Main representative: A/Professor Jennifer Cornish, Specialist: Professor Peter Kalivas, Affiliation: Medical University of South Carolina, Field: Public/global health

Professor Kalivas worked on the promotion of translational research in mental health through research-led teaching initiatives. He attended Australian institutions for a 3 week period. His program began in Sydney, where he was involved in enhancing the teaching-research nexus at Macquarie University, the University of Sydney and the University of New South Wales. Following 2.5 weeks in Sydney, Professor Kalivas travelled to Melbourne where he will participate in related research-led teaching initiatives at the Melbourne Brain Centre within the Florey Institute of Neuroscience & Mental Health, Melbourne University.

Monash University

Main representative: Professor Jane Kenway, Specialist: A/Professor Adam Howard, Affiliation: Colby College, Field:Education

Professor Howard worked in enhancing social inclusion in Universities. Students from low socio-economic backgrounds are under represented in the university sector, particularly its top tier. Those gaining access drop out more than their wealthier peers. Social inclusion in universities is Australian government policy. Universities of all ranks are now addressing this. Professor Howard worked with key staff in three differently ranked Melbourne universities examining their current inclusive practices, suggesting improvements and offering open workshops on successful inclusion theories and methods.

University of Southern Queensland

Main representative: Mrs Barbara Ryan, Specialist: Mr Robert Jensen, Affiliation: U.S. Government Department of Homeland Security, Field: Communications/public administration

Mr Jensen will contribute to lifting the profile of emergency communication within the disaster management community in Australia, and establishing emergency communication as a field that requires development worldwide. This will be done by establishing an international working group on emergency communication and crisis communications to help practitioners share ideas and to represent the discipline at high levels of political and operational disaster management. Initial members of this group will be senior members of Australian and US governments, as well as practice leaders and discipline researchers.