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Three Jamaican Lecturers awarded US Fulbright Scholarships

Sunday, July 23, 2006    

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Three Jamaican lecturers - Earle Buckle of Excelsior Community College (EXED), Jacqueline Oram-Sterling, The Mico College, and Sonia Richards-Malcolm of the University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech) - have been selected as the 2006 recipients of scholarships to study in the United States under the Fulbright/LASPAU Faculty Development Programme.

The scholarships are sponsored by the US state department's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and administered by the Office of Public Affairs at the United States Embassy in Kingston.

LASPAU (Latin American Scholarship Programme of American Universities) has collaborated with the Fulbright Programme since 1975, bringing up to 150 educators each year from Latin America and the Caribbean to the US. Faculty are selected for their potential to contribute to their disciplines as well as to their academic institutions. After their studies in the US, grant awardees resume teaching and research at their home institutions, sharing the benefit of their educational experiences.

Earle Buckle, who is also vice principal at EXED, will be heading to the North Carolina State University in Raleigh to pursue a PhD in Higher Education Administration. He stated that a doctorate in the field will provide him with advanced professional preparation for managing and administering programmes and services at EXED. Emphasising that EXED has been in the forefront of educational transformation in Jamaica, Buckle said that on completion of his programme he expects to continue the tradition "by spearheading its transformation into a more learner-centered, research-based, technologically-oriented, and leadership-focused institution".

Jacqueline Oram-Sterling, Lecturer in History, Social Studies and Methodology at The Mico College, will pursue a PhD in Educational Administration at Illinois State University. Prior to starting her academic programme, she will attend a special 5-day orientation programme at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, Nebraska. In assessing the significance such an award will have on her work.

"Upon completion of my programme, I will return home to strengthen the teaching faculty at Mico. I will continue to be involved in research, enabling graduates to do field work and present their findings. Most importantly, I ant to continue teaching, and certainly the completion of a doctorate in the field of education will equip me with added skills to help my students to become effective teachers," Oram-Sterling said.

Sonia Richards-Malcolm, Lecturer and Research Coordinator at UTech, who holds a graduate degree in Health Education and Health Promotion, will attend the University of Kentucky to pursue a Master's degree in Clinical Laboratory Sciences.

She said that there are no graduate programmes and limited research currently being done in Immunohaematology in Jamaica and this "will bring me into contact with the world's leading programmes which will address the rapidly changing health care environment and selected evolving clinical science disciplines".

The recipients of the Fulbright/LASPAU scholarships will leave Jamaica at the end of July to begin their programmes.

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