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Adjunct Award Winners: Fulbright Winner Off to Ireland

by Erin Zagursky

An adjunct professor in William & Mary’s School of Education will travel to Ireland to conduct research and teach for a year, thanks to a U.S. Fulbright Scholar grant.

Shannon Chance will work in the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) during the 2012-13 academic year, researching innovative ways to teach engineering and architecture and co-teaching architecture courses.

In her research, Chance (pictured left, in glasses) will interview engineering students and professors in order to assess the benefits of hands-on, problem-based learning. She will also study how DIT transformed its electrical engineering program.

Chance first visited DIT in 2003. At that time, she set a personal goal of going back one day to teach and conduct research there for a year. That goal prompted her to get her doctoral degree, which she completed at William & Mary in 2010. One year earlier, Associate Professor Pamela Eddy arrived at the William & Mary School of Education, following her own Fulbright experience in Ireland.

“That really helped set the wheels in motion for me,” said Chance in an e-mail. “She’s got so many connections there and is so enthusiastic about sharing what she knows of the place.”

But Chance has

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