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Professor Michael Cronin Wins Prestigious Fulbright Award to Teach in Ukraine

Michael Cronin, Ph.D., associate professor in the School of Social Work, was recently named a Fulbright Scholar and will teach in Ukraine for the 2019-2020 academic year.  Cronin’s project is for two semesters of teaching, training, and consultation at the National University Kyiv Mohyla Academy (NaUKMA) in Kiev, Ukraine and the Ukrainian Red Cross from September 2019-June 2020.

He will teach several courses each semester which include: social work in emergencies, social entrepreneurship, international social work, community social work, and social work professional concepts. He will also provide consultation and training for psychosocial support capacity building for affected populations of war and emergencies including support for staff and volunteers that are conducting this work at the Centre for Mental Health and Psychosocial Support at NaUKMA and the Ukrainian Red Cross Society Psychosocial Support Team.

Cronin is the first professor from Monmouth’s School of Social Work to be named a Fulbright Scholar.  He earned his master’s degree at Columbia University and his Ph.D. from Yeshiva University.  His research interests and publications are in international social work, health care and social policy, disaster management, social gerontology, international humanitarian law, cultural competence, and diversity. He is also a volunteer with the American Red Cross in Greater New York.

Previous Fulbright U.S. Scholars from Monmouth University include Professor Rekha Datta, Ph.D., Professor Priscilla Gac-Artigas, Ph.D., and Associate Professor Mihaela Moscaliuc, Ph.D.

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Fulbright Scholar Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international exchange program.  The program sends approximately 800 American scholars and professionals per year to approximately 130 countries, where they lecture and/or conduct research in a wide variety of academic and professional fields.

Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement, as well as record of service and demonstrated leadership in their respective fields.

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