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DCU Host Four Fulbright Awardees from the USA

DCU Host Four Fulbright Awardees from the USA

31 U.S. Fulbright Awardees will visit Ireland to undertake study, research, and lecturing during the 2019-2020 academic calendar. Participants in this year’s programme specialise in diverse areas including refugee integration, cultural identity, sustainable practices, gender-based violence, language technology and health care.

Four U.S. Fulbrighters will be hosted by Dublin City University this academic year. Dianne Conrad and Chayla Rowley have already arrived on campus.

Dianne Conrad is an Associate Professor at Grand Valley State University in Michigan and a Family Nurse Practitioner in rural primary care. A recognised authority in the Doctor of Nursing Practice education and practice, her Fulbright scholarship will focus on collaborating with DCU’s Centre for eIntergrated Care to assess advanced nursing informatics competencies in achieving integrative models of care to address chronic disease management in Ireland.

Chayla Rowley is a U.S. citizen of European and Choctaw descent. A graduate of the BS and MS in Civil Engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder, she has worked for the U.S. Government in the Colorado Rockies to conserve natural resources and promote civil rights. In her spare time, she engages young women in leadership building activities, volunteers for immigrant & refugee organizations, and promotes and encourages American Indians in the STEM fields. As a Fulbright Awardee, she will complete a MA in Refugee Integration at DCU and research the integration of refugee children via STEM-based activities.

Rosanne Burson and Dr Sam Paustian-Underdahl will arrive at DCU in the New Year. Rosanne Burson is an Associate Professor at the University of Detroit Mercy focusing on graduate education, and the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program Coordinator. Her Fulbright scholarship will focus on collaborating with DCU’s Centre for eIntergrated Care to address the need for self-management in chronic disease utilizing informatics and integrative models of care in Ireland.

Dr Sam Paustian-Underdahl is a professor, researcher, and consultant whose work is dedicated to enhancing employee and organizational well-being and effectiveness. She holds a PhD in Organizational Science from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and has been an Assistant Professor of Management at Florida State University since 2018. As a Fulbright Scholar to DCU she will examine the effects of flexible working arrangements for Irish employees and organizations.

The Fulbright Program is designed to increase mutual understanding globally and is the flagship international educational exchange program in U.S. with exchange opportunities in more than 160 countries worldwide. The Fulbright Commission in Ireland annually awards grants for Irish citizens to study, research, or teach in the U.S. and for Americans to do the same in Ireland.  

The 2020-2021 Fulbright Irish Awards are now open for applications from Irish and EU citizens, the deadline is 31 October 2019. For information on how to collaborate with the Fulbright Commission or host a Fulbright U.S. Awardee in 2020-2021, visit

Pictured are a number of awardees at the Fulbright Orientation event

9th October, 2019