Warner School Professor Named Fulbright Scholar in Chile

Mary Jane Curry to Travel to Chile

Mary Jane CurryAssociate Professor Mary Jane Curry from the University of Rochester Warner School of Education has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to lecture and conduct research next year in Chile.

Curry’s award will take her to Universidad Mayor in Santiago for the spring 2014 semester to teach in the Department of English Language Teaching in the School of Education. While in Chile, Curry will conduct research on the experiences of Chilean scholars writing for publication in English. Her visit is scheduled for March through May 2014.

“I am honored to receive this award,” said Curry, who directs the teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) and foreign language teacher education programs at Warner. “It will allow me to extend my teaching and research interests on language education and academic writing and publishing in a global context. As English is becoming the dominant language in academic publishing globally, it’s essential that we understand the barriers that scholars from countries where English is not the daily language face in learning and using English and raise awareness of these challenges for gatekeepers in English-dominant countries.”

Curry’s Fulbright Scholar award lengthens her list of accomplishments. She currently leads a new Warner School project, known as the Western New York Collaboration for English Language Learners (Project CELLS). Funded by a five-year National Professional Development grant from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of English Language Acquisition, Project CELLS partners with the Mid-West Regional Bilingual Education Resource Network (RBE-RN); the Rochester City School District; and Monroe 2-Orleans, Wayne–Finger Lakes, and Genesee Valley BOCES to help school personnel—including teachers, counselors, and leaders—better serve English language learners (ELLs), as well as increase the number of highly-qualified teachers certified in TESOL.

Curry, who has been at the Warner School since 2003, has published books, articles, reviews, and book chapters on global academic publishing, teaching English as an additional language, the experiences of immigrant students learning English writing at the community college, and other research in second language literacy. Her most recent book, Academic Writing in a Global Context: The Politics and Practices of Publishing in English (Routledge, 2010), which she co-wrote with Theresa Lillis, professor in language and communication at The Open University in the United Kingdom, delves into the pressures on scholars worldwide to produce their work in English and the growing use of academic English. Their next book, A Scholar’s Guide to Publishing Journal Articles in English: Critical Choices and Practical Strategies in a Multilingual World, will be published in September by Multilingual Matters.

Prior to working in higher education, Curry taught English and writing to immigrant workers, international students, and non-traditional students in Boston, Costa Rica, and Madison, Wis. A former editor, Curry received her PhD in curriculum and instruction from the University of Wisconsin.

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and established in 1946 by the U.S. Congress, the Fulbright Scholar Program is an international exchange program offering opportunities for students, scholars, and professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and teaching in elementary and secondary schools worldwide. Named after Senator J. William Fulbright and charged with a mission of “fostering leadership, learning and empathy between cultures,” this highly selective program provides roughly 1,200 U.S. scholars each year with the opportunity to study, teach, or conduct research abroad. Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. For more information about the Fulbright Scholar Program, click here or visit: https://cies.org/.
About the Warner School of Education
Founded in 1958, the University of Rochester’s Warner School of Education offers master’s and doctoral degree programs in teaching and curriculum, school leadership, higher education, educational policy, counseling, human development, and health professions education. The Warner School of Education offers a new accelerated option for its EdD programs that allows eligible students to earn a doctorate in education in as few as three years part time while holding a professional job in the same field. The Warner School of Education is recognized both regionally and nationally for its tradition of preparing practitioners and researchers to become leaders and agents of change in schools, universities, and community agencies; generating and disseminating research; and actively participating in education reform. 
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