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Center for International Programs
West Chester University
320 Mitchell Hall
675 S. Church Street
West Chester, PA 19383

Phone: 610-436-3515
Fax: 610-436-3426

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm

International Student Advising:
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Study Abroad Advising:
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West Chester University Faculty and Staff Fulbright Awardees

Vicki McGinley

  • Special Education
  • Teaching and Fulbright Scholar
  • 2015 (Latvia)
Professor of Special Education Vicki McGinley is an active member of two international professional organizations: The Division of International Special Educators of the Council for Exceptional Children and the International Association of Special Educators (IASE). Over the last five years, she, along with her graduate assistants, developed a precise protocol to edit, format and publish IASE’s online journal. This work is meaningful as it is a valuable opportunity to serve people all over the world who may not otherwise have access to research related to students with disabilities. While presenting in Riga, Latvia, a number of years ago she began work with a professor from the University of Latvia, leading her to Latvia again in the Spring of 2015 on a teaching and research Fulbright Scholarship. Her goal is to connect her students to her work; one focus for her research in Latvia will be Collaborative Online International Learning. At West Chester, she has taught field and pedagogy coursework, courses on working with the family, behavior management, multicultural and urban education, and action research. Her interests are in the areas of communication and behavior disorders, inclusive, diverse classrooms and urban communities, and legal issues in education. McGinley serves as a state hearing officer. She is committed to supporting professionals and families in working with persons with diverse needs.

Angela Howard

  • Center for International Programs
  • Fulbright International Education Administrator Program
  • 2014 (Japan)
  • Article
Angela Howard with Students
Angela Howard, associate director, Center for International Programs, participated in the 2014 International Education Administrator Fulbright Program, 2014, Japan. The program helps U.S. international education professionals and senior higher education officials create empowering connections with the societal, cultural and higher education systems of other countries. The program included visits to colleges and universities in Tokyo, Kyoto, and Hiroshima and visits with higher education administrators and government officials. The grantees have the opportunity to learn about the host country’s education system as well as establish networks of U.S. and international colleagues. Howard returned with enhanced ability to serve and encourage international students and prospective study-abroad students.

Jeff Osgood

  • Chair of the Department of Public Policy and Administration
  • Fulbright Specialists Roster
  • 2013 (Russia)
Jeffery L. Osgood, Jr. As a Fulbright Specialists Roster candidate, assistant professor Osgood 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. In early 2014, he helped a Russian university develop and assess its public administration curricula, spending 15 days at the Russian Academy of National Economy and Public Administration in Krasnogorsk, a small city located about an hour north of Moscow. He helped develop and assess the academy’s curricula, training faculty, leading seminars, and presented graduate and undergraduate lectures. A member of West Chester’s faculty since 2009, Osgood is chair of the department of Public Policy and Administration and associate director of the University’s Center for Social and Economic Policy Research.

Ginger Da Costa

  • Art
  • Fulbright-Hays Summer Seminar Abroad
  • 2011 (Brazil)
    2007 (Egypt/Israel)
    2001 (Morocco and Tunisia)
  • Article
Virginia M. da Costa, art, received a Fulbright Hays Summer Seminar Abroad 2011 grant for college teachers to visit five states in Brazil, July 1-30, 2011 with 15 other faculty members and administrators from various states and institutions. This is her third Fulbright Hays grant since 2001 (Morocco/Tunisia) and 2007 (Egypt/Israel). A full professor, she joined the WCU faculty in 1998.

Sheri Melton

  • Kinesiology
  • Fulbright-Nehru Scholar
  • 2010 (India)
  • Article
Sheri Melton is a 2010 Fulbright-Nehru Scholar. Her professional clinical experience encompasses cardiac and orthopedic rehabilitation as well as weight management programs. Her research interests include exercise metabolism, caloric expenditure, and post-menopausal weight gain and bone loss. She is currently Assistant Chair of the Kinesiology Department, head of the Exercise Science Division, Graduate Coordinator of the MS in Exercise and Sports Physiology program, and the Accreditation Director of the Exercise Science major program. She is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine, The American Physiological Society, the National Strength and Conditioning Association, and Society of Experimental Biology. She has travelled to India several times as keynote speaker for workshops and continuing medical education seminars.

Maureen T. Knabb

  • Biology
  • Fulbright-Hays Summer Seminar Abroad
  • 2010 (Mexico)
  • Article
Maureen T. Knabb, professor of Biology, received a Fulbright grant for research and teaching at Universidad Autonoma de San Luis Potosi from January through June 2010. She studied biochemical mechanisms of ischemia and reperfusion in endothelial cells with Rafael Rubio at Universidad Autonoma de San Luis Potosi in SLP, Mexico. Her recent research interests have focused on prevention of programmed cell death (apoptosis) as a survival mechanism for viruses. Knabb joined the West Chester faculty in 1986.

Chuck Shorten

  • Environmental Health
  • Fulbright Scholar
  • 2005-2006 (India)
  • Article
Dr. Shorten with Chancellor of Delhi College of Engineering, Faculty and Students, 2006.
Charles V. Shorten joined West Chester University's Health Department in 1989. His primary area of expertise is the assessment of the fate and transport of environmental contaminants. Recent publications in this area have focused on sampling methodologies and artifacts. His computing interests have led to national and international presentations including: the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in assessing water quality; the use of spreadsheets as tools in the classroom; the use of multimedia in the classroom;, and the use of the internet in environmental chemistry education.

C. James Trotman

  • Professor Emeritus of English (retired)
  • Fulbright-Hays Fellow
  • 2000 (Ghana)
James Trotman is (retired) professor emeritus of English and founding director of the Frederick Douglass Institute at West Chester University as well as the convener for the Douglass Institutes on all 14 of the State System campuses.

Brittany Carlin

  • Alumna
  • Fulbright Grant Award Winner
Brittany Carlino, a graduate of the College of Education with a Master’s degree in Secondary Education, has been awarded a Fulbright Classroom Teacher Exchange grant for the 2013-2014 school year. She will be teaching English language at Veres Palne Gimnazium in central Budapest, Hungary and is one of just 28 teachers selected worldwide. Brittany works with 9th grade beginner through the 13th grade advanced level students who are part of the five-year, English-intensive program. She also works with some of the school’s drama students and others, who while not in the English-intensive program, want to improve their English.
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