HCC associate professor named Fulbright scholar

Smith to travel to Estonia to lecture on conflict

April 27, 2003

David J. Smith, associate professor in the Social Sciences Division at Harford Community College, has been awarded a Fulbright scholar grant to lecture at the University of Tartu in Tartu, Estonia, during the fall. Smith is pursuing a master of arts degree at Towson University in liberal and professional studies.

Smith's project title for his term as a Fulbright scholar is "Peace and Conflict Resolution: An American Perspective." He will teach an introductory course in peace and conflict studies in the political science department and a conflict-resolution class at the law school. The University of Tartu is the largest university in Estonia, with almost 11,000 students.

A member of HCC's faculty since 1992, Smith teaches courses in legal studies, conflict resolution, and peace and conflict studies. From 1992 to last year, he was coordinator of the paralegal studies program, which received American Bar Association approval in 1999. He also published Legal Research & Writing (Delmar/ITP) in 1996. He is a commissioner on the Harford County Community Mediation Program.

"As a Fulbright scholar, I am hoping to act as a `cross-cultural fertilizer,'" said Smith. "I want to share with my Estonian students American perspectives on conflict, especially in this time of war."

Smith is one of about 800 U.S. faculty and professionals who will travel abroad to about 140 countries for the 2003-2004 academic year through the Fulbright Scholar Program. Established in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late Sen. J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the program's purpose is to build understanding between the people of the United States and other countries.

The Fulbright Program, America's flagship international educational exchange activity, is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Over its 57 years of existence, thousands of U.S. faculty and professionals have studied, taught or done research abroad, and thousands of their counterparts from other countries have engaged in similar activities in the United States. They are among more than 250,000 American and foreign university students, K-12 teachers, and university faculty and professionals who have participated in one of the several Fulbright exchange programs.

Recipients of Fulbright scholar awards are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement. Among thousands of prominent U.S. Fulbright scholar alumni are Milton Friedman, Nobel Laureate in economics; James Watson, co-discoverer of the structure of DNA and Nobel Laureate in Medicine; Rita Dove, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet; and Craig Barrett, chief executive officer of Intel Corp.

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