Angelini Awarded Fulbright Specialist Grant

January 4, 2016


BUFFALO, NY− Eileen M. Angelini, PhD, professor of French at Canisius College, has been selected for a Fulbright Specialist project in Canada at the University of Manitoba from January 3-16, 2016, according to the United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

Angelini will work with faculty and graduate students in the Department of French, Spanish and Italian in the Faculty of Arts, and education students and faculty in the Faculty of Education from the University of Manitoba and the Université de St. Boniface, on the project “Francophone Culture: Literature, Pedagogy and Additional Language Acquisition.”  She will also give public lectures and participate in community outreach at l’École St. Avilia, a French-immersion school.

Angelini is one of more than 400 U.S. faculty and professionals who will travel abroad this year through the Fulbright Specialist Program. The Fulbright Specialist Program, created in 2000 to complement the traditional Fulbright Scholar Program, provides short-term academic opportunities (two to six weeks) to prominent U.S. faculty and professionals to support curricular and faculty development and institutional planning at post-secondary, academic institutions around the world.

The Fulbright Program, America’s flagship international educational exchange activity, is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Over its 60 years of existence, thousands of U.S. faculty and professionals have taught, studied or conducted research abroad, and thousands of their counterparts from other countries have engaged in similar activities in the United States. More than 285,000 emerging leaders in their professional fields have received Fulbright awards, including individuals who later became heads of government, Nobel Prize winners, and leaders in education, business, journalism, the arts and other fields. 

Recipients of Fulbright Scholar awards are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement. Among thousands of prominent Fulbright Scholar alumni are Milton Friedman, Nobel Prize-winning economist; Alan Leshner, CEO of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS); Rita Dove, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and Craig Barrett, chairman of the board of Intel Corporation. Distinguished Fulbright Specialist participants include Mahmoud Ayoub, professor of religion at Temple University; Heidi Hartmann, president and CEO, Institute for Women’s Policy Research; Percy R. Luney, Jr., dean and professor, College of Law, Florida A&M University; and Emily Vargas-Barone, founder and executive director of the RISE Institute.

Angelini was a recipient of a 2010-2011 Canada-U.S. Fulbright Award. She served as a Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in Globalization and Cultural Studies at McMaster University (Hamilton, Ontario). Named to the Fulbright Specialist Roster in 2013, she was also named Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques (2011) by the French Government.

Angelini’s recent grants and awards include a 2014-2015 Course Development Grant from the Ministère des Relations Internationales, Francophonie et Commerce Extérieur du Gouvernement du Québec; and a 2010-2013 Québec Studies Program Grant, Professors and Researchers Component, awarded by the Gouvernement du Québec. She also is the recipient of a 2009-2010 Faculty Enrichment Program Grant from the Government of Canada, a 2008 Québéc Studies Program Studies Program Grant for Program Enhancement awarded by the Gouvernment du Québéc, and a 2008 International Council for Canadian Studies Library Support Program Grant.

Angelini is the recipient of multiple awards for her teaching efforts and service to the profession. She was recognized by the American Association of Teachers of French (AATF) in 2008 with its Dorothy Ludwig Award for Outstanding Teacher of the Year at the University Level. In 2007, she was honored by the New York State Teachers of Foreign Language (NYSAFLT) with the Ruth E. Wasley Distinguished Teachers Award (post- secondary). In 2015, she received the Western New York Foreign Language Educator’s Council (WNYFLEC) Service Award.

Angelini holds a PhD and MA in French from Brown University. She received her BA in French from Middlebury College.

Canisius is one of 28 Jesuit universities in the nation and the premier private university in Western New York.