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Kinesiology Professor Wins Fulbright to Conduct Research in Ireland

Date: 10-04-2013

Sarah Langford
Public Affairs

California State University, Chico kinesiology professor Kevin Patton received a Fulbright Specialist Award to conduct research for six weeks in Limerick, Ireland.

A kinesiology professor with an interest in teacher education, Patton arrived in Limerick on Sept. 16 to work with faculty in the Physical Education, Physical Activity and Youth Sport Research Centre at the University of Limerick. There, he is developing a research agenda on teacher professional learning and the role of teacher educators and communities of practice. He is also consulting University of Limerick faculty on the effectiveness of their teacher education program.

Patton is one of more than 400 U.S. faculty and professionals who will travel abroad this year through the Fulbright Specialists Program. The program, created in 2000 to complement the traditional Fulbright Scholar Program, provides short-term academic opportunities to support curricular and faculty development and institutional planning at postsecondary academic institutions around the world.

Patton joins two others from the University receiving Fulbright grants in 2013: agriculture professor Richard Rosecrance and anthropology student Anna Rushton. He holds a doctorate in education from the University of Massachusetts, a master’s degree from CSU, Chico and a bachelor’s degree from Idaho State University.

“I feel very fortunate to have received this award because of the professional learning opportunities it presents,” he said. “This funding has provided me with the chance to work with some of the top contributors in the field of physical education teacher education, further my own line of research and learn about the Irish culture.

“Ultimately, I will be able to share lessons learned with colleagues and students in my department (kinesiology) to inform our already outstanding programs. Most importantly, participation in this research will afford me the opportunity to refocus my attention on what, in my eyes, is the most important aspect of my job—students and how they learn best.”

The Fulbright Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and those of other countries. Grant recipients are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. The program operates in over 155 countries worldwide. For more information, visit http://www.iie.org/fulbright.