Graduate School

Faculty Member Wins Fulbright to Teach in India

Posted by Nick Gray on May 22, 2013

Dr. Bernadette AnandDr. Bernadette Anand, Bank Street Graduate School faculty member and fieldwork advisor, has been selected for a J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship.

This is Bernadette’s second Fulbright scholarship. For her first scholarship, in 2008, she traveled to India to work with colleagues from Alagappa University, in Karaikudi, Tamil Nadu – a rural university with a vision to develop teachers from and for underrepresented groups.

Bernadette reflects proudly on her achievements from 2008:

It was exhilarating to teach students who were the first in their families to attend school and work towards their dream of acquiring a lecturer’s position at a South Indian college.

Bernadette Anand with pre-service teachers Alagappa University, Tamil Nadu
Bernadette Anand with pre-service teachers at Alagappa University, Tamil Nadu

For her second Fulbright experience, Bernadette will return to India in 2014 to build upon her previous work there. She will spend her first month at a language school to improve her conversational fluency in India. Her following five months will involve leading a course, workshops, and research projects at Calorx Teachers’ University, in the largest city of the Indian state of Gujarat. Her work will focus on reading and writing in the core content areas, and on conducting social action research.

The Fulbright Foreign Scholarship is awarded by a 12-member Board, appointed by the U.S. President, responsible for establishing worldwide policies for the Fulbright Program. The scholarship supports people and projects committed to building “open communication and long-term cooperative relationships” between the United States and other nations.

Read more about the Scholarship.