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Professors Win Fulbrights to Ireland and Bulgaria


NEW YORK—Two Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service (GSS) professors, Maryann Forgey, Ph.D., and Shirley Gatenio Gabel, Ph.D., have been awarded Fulbright Scholar grants to teach in Ireland and Bulgaria, respectively. Their teaching assignments will begin this fall.

Forgey, an associate professor at GSS, will lecture at the University College Dublin. She will teach about U.S. social work practice in child abuse and intimate partner violence and exchange innovative teaching methodologies in social work education.

“I look forward to exploring our similar and unique challenges in responding to child abuse/neglect and intimate partner violence, particularly at this time of rapid social, economic and cultural change in Ireland,” said Forgey. ” I hope this dialogue will lead to increased understanding of how the social work profession can better utilize its knowledge and skill base to more effectively respond to these social problems.”

Gatenio, an assistant professor at GSS, will lecture at St. Kliment Ohridski Sofia University and New Bulgarian University in Sofia, the capital city of Bulgaria. She will teach courses in comparative social policies and on child and family policies.

“After many years of hardship during its transition to a market economy, the Bulgarian economy is now growing,” said Gatenio. “I hope to contribute to the timely development of children and family policies in Bulgaria and to learn about the challenges Bulgaria confronts as it works toward membership in the European Union and develops strategies to increase the well-being of its people.”

Established in 1946, the highly selective Fulbright Program features the most prominent scholars in their field. The Fulbright Scholar Program sends approximately 1000 American scholars and professionals per year to more than 130 countries, where they lecture and/or conduct research in a wide variety of academic and professional fields.


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