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West Chester Political Scientist Named to Fulbright Specialist Roster

January 19, 2012

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Dr. Osgood at West Chester University's Graduate Winter Commencement

A West Chester University political scientist with expertise in public administration, policy analysis and program evaluation is included among an elite group of scholars in the Fulbright Specialists Roster, a national program which places leaders from higher education and industry in global collaborations that strengthen the positions of U.S. institutions.

As a Fulbright Specialists Roster candidate, assistant professor Jeffery L. Osgood Jr. is eligible for consideration and selection for two- to six-week grant opportunities through the Specialists Program.  For up to five years, he will remain a candidate until he is matched with a request from an overseas host institution.

A member of West Chester’s faculty since 2009, Osgood is associate director of the University’s Center for Social and Economic Policy Research, which serves business, community agencies and government with research in health, economic development and outreach.  His collaborative research efforts with other universities and municipal entities have supported a variety of ventures in higher education, health care, human resources and non-profit management.

Osgood also serves on a variety of University committees, including those concerned with academic planning, distance education, curriculum and academic policies, and the general education assessment team. For the past year, he has been the graduate student association’s faculty advisor.

The Council for International Exchange of Scholars, which administers the Fulbright Scholar Program, receives requests from host institutions overseas seeking specialists, then contacts those candidates on the roster with the most relevant professional experience to ascertain their interest and availability for the grant opportunity.

Osgood earned his bachelor of science from Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tenn., his master’s degree in public administration at Western Kentucky University at Bowling Green, Ky., and his doctorate from the University of Louisville.