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University News | 10.18.22

Fulbright Canada establishes research chair at Adler University focused on community mental health

The Foundation for Educational Exchange Between Canada and the United States of America (Fulbright Canada) announced today that it is establishing a Fulbright Canada Research Chair at Adler University focused on community mental health. The chair will alternate annually between Adler’s Chicago and Vancouver campuses, with the inaugural Chair starting in Canada as early as the fall of 2023.

The six-year agreement with Fulbright Canada is the first of its kind at Adler. It is also the first time Fulbright Canada has established a chair at an institution with campuses in the U.S. and Canada.

“The significance of this agreement reflects the University’s commitment to scholarship and educational opportunities to advance social justice and community mental health,” said Adler President Raymond Crossman, Ph.D. “The Fulbright program expands what is possible in higher education, giving scholars a chance to broaden their views and advance their development, and at Adler, this means giving them a chance to create a more just society. We are honoured to be selected as Fulbright Canada’s first institution with campuses in both countries and look forward to having scholars at our Vancouver and Chicago campuses.”

Photo of Dr. Crossman and Dr. Hawes

From left, Adler President Raymond E. Crossman, Ph.D., and Fulbright Canada President and CEO Michael Hawes, Ph.D., signed a memorandum of understanding Tuesday for Adler University’s first-ever Fulbright Canada Research Chair.

Fulbright Canada is a bi-national, treaty-based, not-for-profit organization with a mandate to identify the best and brightest minds in both countries and engage them in residential exchange.

The rotational Fulbright Chair will carry out research, teaching, and service programs. A new scholar will be appointed each academic year to work with Adler colleagues, offer guest lectures, and participate in the life of the host department or institute. Each chair is required to commit to a minimum of one-semester residency, with the possibility to remain for up to 12 months.

“I am very excited about this new partnership between Fulbright Canada and Adler University,” said Fulbright Canada President and CEO Michael Hawes, Ph.D. “The establishment of a Fulbright Visiting Research Chair that rotates between Adler’s Chicago campus and the Vancouver campus is a creative and innovative model that highlights the forward-thinking vision of Adler University.”

The chair will receive $25,000 USD, and Fulbright Canada will also manage visa arrangements and exchange formalities for successful applicants.

Eligible candidates for the Fulbright Chair held at the Vancouver Campus may apply through an online application platform currently administered by the Institute of International Education in Washington, D.C. Candidates for the Fulbright Chair held at the Chicago Campus may apply through an online platform currently administered by Fulbright Canada.

All candidates selected must receive approval from the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

“The establishment of the Fulbright Chair creates a unique opportunity for the University and its students who seek to help address the alarming inequities in community mental health,” said Bradley O’Hara, Ph.D., executive dean of the Vancouver Campus. “We look forward to providing, along with Fulbright, full support to our scholars who are surely to make an immeasurable impact in our communities for years to come.”

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