John McCarthy, professor in the Department of Counseling, has been selected to participate in the International Academic Fellowship Program (AFP) in the Higher Education Support Program (HESP) of the Open Society Institute for the 2009-2010 academic year.
The International Scholars Fellowship Program brings highly qualified scholars from around the world to serve as experts and consultants, facilitating processes of individual academic and professional development of AFP Returning Scholars and non-AFP local faculty, as well as processes of curriculum and research reforms at AFP partner departments in the region. International Scholars also collaborate with the host institution on the development of new courses and encourage the development of skills critical to academic work.
The program was launched in 2004 to support and guide higher education reform in South Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union (excluding the Baltic states), and Mongolia.
In this capacity, Dr. McCarthy will be consulting with the Applied Psychology Program of Yerevan State University (YSU), an institution of approximately nine thousand students in the capital city of Yerevan, Armenia. In addition to visits to YSU, he will be attending HESP Discipline Group meetings in the Ukraine and Turkey throughout the year.
This will be the fifth year that YSU has participated in this program. Past fellows have been from such institutions as the University of Georgia (USA), Vienna University (Austria), and Mediterranean University (France).