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IUPUI political science professor will study in Belgium as Fulbright-Schuman Chair

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June 14, 2012

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John McCormick, professor of political science in the IU School of Liberal Arts at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, has been named a Fulbright-Schuman Chair for 2012-13 by the U.S. State Department.

Awarded only to U.S. citizens, the Fulbright-Schuman Chair grant allows for the continuation of studies focused on U.S.-European Union relations. When McCormick begins his term as a Fulbright-Schuman Chair in spring 2013, he’ll teach and conduct research at the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium. Included in the award are relocation and travel expenses and a monthly stipend.

"Fulbrights are prestigious, particularly the Distinguished Chairs, so winning the award plays a key role in my professional development and also reflects well on IUPUI," McCormick says. "There are only about 40 Distinguished Chair awards given each year, and they are given only to recipients who the Fulbright commissions define as eminent scholars with a significant publication and teaching record. I am delighted and honored to have been selected as part of this group."

The College of Europe, where McCormick will spend five months, is exclusively for graduate students who have been selected through a rigorous admissions process. The university counts professors from all over Europe as faculty and offers students access to high-profile guest speakers, such as German Chancellor Angela Merkel, former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, and presidents of Italy, Estonia, Ukraine and Poland.

During his time at the college, McCormick will teach a course on transatlantic relations. He hopes to be a part of the campus community, serving on thesis committees and participating in public events. He also looks forward to being close to Brussels, home of many European Union institutions and the research opportunities that will present.

McCormick will also use the time to do research for a planned book on the U.S. role in European integration. This book will follow one he is now working on, scheduled for publication later this year.

"The book is both timely and challenging," McCormick said of the book he is writing now, “because it is being written in response to the crisis in the eurozone, and it is an attempt to respond to many of the misconceptions and confusions that surround the debate about the EU." "Why Europe Matters" will be published by Palgrave Macmillan for a general rather than an academic audience.

The Fulbright-Schuman Program is offered through the Commission for Educational Exchange, of which the U.S., Belgium and Luxembourg are members.