Loucas Petronicolos, a College of Education and Human Services associate professor, was recently awarded a Fulbright Scholarship and will spend the spring 2012 semester at the University of Tuzla in Bosnia-Herzegovina.
While there, Petronicolos will work with the university’s teacher education department to develop a master’s degree program and establish a scientific journal. In addition, he will teach seminars on social justice and inclusion.
“I will have the opportunity to apply my equity and social justice knowledge and skills to ‘history in progress,’ working on issues of reconstruction, reconciliation and recovery with Bosnians and the large international community in the country,” Petronicolos said.
Petronicolos believes one of the benefits of his time in Bosnia-Herzegovina will be development of instruction that can steer prospective and in-service teachers away from perpetuating habits of intolerance and look more critically at the traditional knowledge passed down to them.
“I believe this experience will impact my students in both Bosnia-Herzegovina and the United States by creating and strengthening ties between the two countries while generating significant opportunities for teacher education activities and research,” Petronicolos said.
Sponsored by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Fulbright Program was established in 1946 with a goal of increasing mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries through the exchange of people, knowledge and skills.