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UDM Education Chair Lorri MacDonald Receives Fulbright Award

Lorri MacDonald, Chair of the Department of Education at University of Detroit Mercy has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to work with Ilia State University in Tbilisi, Georgia to collaborate and develop teacher and school leadership preparation programs for the institution.

MacDonald will be providing professional development to both in-service and pre-service teachers for the 2013-2014 academic year. ISU was established in 2006 as a merger of six different institutions, each having a long history and a diverse institutional profile. With over 800 academic staff, the university strives to provide excellence in all areas of academic practice and scientific research.

During her stay, she will also be working with Gori University in the Gori district of Georgia, advising the administrators on the restructuring of their college of education. GU is a center for education and science in Shida Kartli and was established as a result of the merging of two higher education institutions, Gori State University and Tskhinvali State University

Before joining the UDM faculty in 2006, MacDonald spent over 20 years in public education as a teacher and a building administrator. MacDonald is committed to the education profession and ensuring that novice teachers have a solid foundation and experienced teachers grow further in their profession. She has previously taught at Michigan State University and for Michigan Virtual University

Leaving Sept. 4, MacDonald is one of approximately 1,100 U.S. faculty and professionals who will travel abroad through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program. The program is administered by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars, a division of the Institute of International Education. She will be leaving in September and will return to UDM in January, 2014.

Release date: August 08, 2013

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