May 11, 2022
KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Dr. Eric Archer, Associate Professor of Educational Leadership in Higher Education in the Department of Educational Leadership, Research and Technology at Western Michigan University, has been awarded a prestigious Fulbright U.S. Scholar Award to Albania for the 2022-2023 academic year. Dr. Archer will be completing his Fulbright Award with the International Relations and Scientific Research Office at Eqrem Çabej University of Gjirokaster, where he will engage in research and consulting work regarding comprehensive internationalization of Albania’s public higher education system. Dr. Archer's research centers on issues of diversity and inclusion in postsecondary education broadly with a particular focus on the internationalization of higher education in the U.S. and abroad. He plans to leverage insights gained from this experience to inform his ongoing teaching and research related to the topics of internationalization of higher education, comparative education, and global leadership upon his return to the ELRT Department and the College of Education and Human Development in Fall 2023.
The Fulbright Program is devoted to increasing mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. Fulbright is the world’s largest and most diverse international educational exchange program. The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program offers over 400 awards in more than 130 countries for U.S. citizens to teach, conduct research and carry out professional projects around the world. Fulbright alumni have become heads of state, judges, ambassadors, cabinet ministers, CEOs, and university presidents, as well as leading journalists, artists, scientists, and teachers. They include 61 Nobel Laureates, 89 Pulitzer Prize winners, 76 MacArthur Fellows, and thousands of leaders across the private, public and non-profit sectors. Since its inception in 1946, more than 400,000 Fulbrighters have participated in the Program.