Fischman named Fulbright Specialist for international education exchange


Erik Ketcherside

Gustavo Fischman talks with guest presenters Joel Westheimer and Luis Gandin at a 2015 edXchange event

Gustavo Fischman, professor at Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, was named to the roster of Fulbright Specialists by the U.S. State Department Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Fulbright Specialists are highly qualified U.S. academics and professionals competitively selected to be paired with host institutions abroad. The specialists exchange expertise, create institutional links, hone their skills and gain international experience while increasing capacity of their host institutions.

Fischman said he was notified of the appointment in February. He has not yet been paired with a host institution, but he already has a goal in mind.

“I would like to collaborate with colleagues working in the development of knowledge mobilization programs,” Fischman said. He plans to call upon his experience as creator and director of edXchange, a Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College initiative to make educational research more accessible and usable by facilitating interaction between academics and the community in addressing educational challenges.

A principal focus of edXchange, and one that Fischman intends to carry over into his Fulbright role, is support for open access, providing unrestricted public availability of scholarly research. (ASU is part of an international collection of universities and organizations committed to promoting open access.)

This is Fischman’s second Fulbright recognition. In 2009 he received the New Century Scholar Award from the William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. He collaborates in projects in the U.S., Brazil, Argentina, Spain, Portugal and Mexico, and was visiting fellow in the 2008 Erasmus Mundus program in the European Union.

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