Awards sought by Georgia College Faculty and Staff, 2023-24
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Scott E. Buchanan, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Government & Sociology
Award: Fulbright, American Studies, University of Helsinki
Why did you decide to pursue this professional award/opportunity?
I was inspired to pursue a Fulbright when a colleague of mine at The Citadel received one in 2012. To that point, I had always felt that Fulbrights were more the province of scholars who focused on international relations, foreign affairs, etc. After my colleague won his award, I realized how wrong I had been. Due to the active encouragement of others, I began to look for opportunities to apply.
What did you find surprising and/or challenging about the application process?
The applications process was relatively straightforward to me. Indeed, it was incredibly streamlined to me for such a prestigious award. Of course, it helped that my former colleague was so open in sharing his application with me to serve as a guide for what was expected. Now that I am a Fulbright alumnus, I have sat on two selection committees for applications. My advice is to be concise and candid in one’s application.
The larger challenge for me was navigating the process of obtaining a Finnish residence permit. It did not help matters that the Finnish government changed the procedure the year that I applied for a permit. In the end, all worked out, but it was a daunting process.
What campus resources did you draw upon in completing the application?
Since I was a faculty member at The Citadel at the time, I obviously did not utilize any Georgia College resources. However, the Fulbright is a commitment and investment on behalf of one’s college. In my case, The Citadel granted me a leave of absence to accept the Fulbright. Once I began talking to other Fulbright colleagues, I realized that many colleges require much more planning in terms of applying for a leave of absence, etc. In some cases, colleagues had applied for leaves of absence 2-3 years prior to their Fulbright semester/year.
In what ways did the award/experience enhance your professional/academic development? Were there some unexpected benefits?
Living abroad for an extended amount of time forces you to grow as a scholar, as you are challenged by new perspectives and approaches to seeking knowledge. More fundamentally, I found that the experience changed me as a human being, as it forced me to live in a very different culture and helped me to have a deeper understanding of how others see the world around them. In one sense, I suppose the old adage, “to walk around in someone else’s shoes,” applies here. It was also very interesting to see what esteem in which the Finns hold educators, at all levels. While they love sports, most especially ice hockey, Finnish society for the most part holds up educators as more important. That was a nice change of pace.
The biggest unexpected benefit was that I was surprised at how much I learned about the United States from nearly 5,000 miles away. Immersing yourself in another culture has a way of making you have a new perspective on your home country. Frankly, I was not expecting that to be the case, but it is one that I welcomed and continue to cherish.
What should other Georgia College faculty know about the application process for this award?
The good thing about the Fulbright process is that it forces one to think early and plan for a good application. My biggest advice is to be one’s self. Don’t be afraid to admit shortcomings if asked.
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