Fulbright scholar to teach history at York


Wayne Urban (right), a professor of education at Georgia State University and a distinguished historian of education, has been awarded a Fulbright Fellowship. Urban will use the fellowship to teach in York’s Faculty of Education in the 2004 fall term. Urban’s area of expertise is the history of education in the United States with a specialization on the history of teacher associations and education in the US.

“I look forward to exploring areas of mutual interest and concern with both faculty and students during my time at York,” said Urban. “I plan to co-teach Dean Paul Axelrod’s graduate history of Canadian education course, incorporating some US content into it where relevant, and I look forward to learning from him and from the students in the course as well as exploring US education in a most appropriate comparative context.”

During his time at York, Urban will be working on his joint intellectual interest in teacher unions with York Professor Harry Smaller and will be writing about a research project on the National Education Association and its domestic and international policy activities in the post-World War II period.

“The Faculty of Education, and the University at large, will benefit greatly from Professor Urban’s presence,” said Paul Axelrod, dean of the Faculty of Education. “He brings a wealth of knowledge to the study of the history of education. Students and faculty who meet with him will have a great opportunity to deepen their understanding of this topic.”

The Canada-US Fulbright Program offers Canadian and American academics the opportunity to lecture, research and study in each other’s country. Fulbright award recipients are distinguished scholars in a wide variety of disciplines at various stages in their academic careers and include prominent and promising scholars, graduate students and prospective graduate students, doctoral candidates and independent researchers.

For further information on the Canada-US Fulbright Program visit www.fulbright.ca.