Dr. Hamin Shabazz, Lincoln College Vice-President of Academic Affairs, has been selected for a Fulbright International Education Administrators Seminar award to India next spring.
The prestigious award will allow Shabazz to attend informational meetings with representatives of Indian universities, private-sector agencies and organizations, and selected government agencies to gain better insight into India’s higher education system.
“I am honored to represent Lincoln College in the Fulbright program,” Shabazz said. “This will be a great opportunity to build new ties between Lincoln College and the higher education community in India. This is especially important as Lincoln College continues to grow and as we work to develop programs that will bring more international students to campus and to open up opportunities for our students to study abroad.”
“This is a great opportunity, not only for Dr. Shabazz, but for Lincoln College,” Dr. David Gerlach, President of Lincoln College said. “Having a robust program for international study is vitally important as Lincoln College continues to grow and the selection of Dr. Shabazz for this award is a significant step toward that goal.”
Through the program U.S. administrators have the opportunity to familiarize themselves with program and curriculum designs, organizational structures, quality assurance procedures, and credit and degree expectations in Indian higher education. Participants gain first-hand knowledge of a cross section of Indian institutions and meet with high-ranking university administrators and public sector officials who play key roles in the planning and administration of higher education in India.
The seminar aims to achieve a balance of topical discussion, knowledge sharing by both the U.S. administrators and Indian representatives, experiential excursions, and exposure to societal and cultural facets of India.
In addition to being a prestigious academic exchange program, the Fulbright Program is designed to expand and strengthen relationships between the people of the United States and citizens of other nations and to promote international understanding and cooperation. To support this mission, Fulbright Scholars will be asked to give public talks, mentor students, and otherwise engage with the host community, in addition to their primary activities.
Dr. Hamin Shabazz was selected as Vice-President of Academic Affairs at Lincoln College last spring. He is a former police officer who rose from being a G.E.D. recipient to Dean of the College of Education and Professional Studies at Sul Ross State University, before coming to Lincoln College. Prior to working at Sul Ross, he chaired the Department of Criminal Justice at Stevenson University in Stevenson, MD for six years.
Expanding international education opportunities has been a priority of Shabazz, who had extensive experience in international studies at his previous institutions. As a Criminal Justice expert, Dr. Shabazz worked closely with police agencies in other nations for over a decade. He has presented papers and participated in national criminology panels, including panels and papers on national and international topics, including the handling of forensic evidence, policing, the burden of proof, human trafficking and even the rise of the Al-Qaeda affiliated Boko Haram terrorist group in Nigeria.
The Fulbright Scholar Program is overseen by the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. It is one of several programs named in honor of Senator J. William Fulbright, who, in 1945 proposed a bill to use the proceeds from selling surplus U.S. government war property to fund international exchange between the U.S. and other nations. Created in the wake of World War II, the Fulbright Program was an attempt to promote peace and understanding through educational exchange.
In the decades since first being signed into law, the program has developed into a wide range of exchange programs including grants for student, scholars, teachers and professionals. 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 59 Nobel Laureates, 84 Pulitzer Prize winners, 72 MacArthur Fellows, 16 Presidential Medal of Freedom recipients, and thousands of leaders across the private, public and non-profit sectors. Since its inception in 1946, more than 380,000 “Fulbrighters” have participated in the Program.