New Fulbright professor announced

Professor Mark Macgowan, an expert in social work research, has been appointed as the next Fulbright-Scotland Visiting Professor at the University of Edinburgh.

During the six month exchange, Professor Macgowan of Florida International University will undertake a research project to understand methods of group work in social work education.

He will be based in the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, and will work closely with Social Work academics in Social and Political Science and Counselling colleagues in the School of Health.

To enhance and educate

From September 2012, Professor Macgowan will deliver lectures and evidence based seminars to enhance and educate staff and students.

Professor Macgowan has significant links with social work faculty at Edinburgh. Academics here have invited him to write a chapter on evidence-based practice for the proposed book, Social Work in a Global Context: Issues and Challenges. He has received numerous teaching awards and his time in Edinburgh will enrich teaching and create an opportunity for cross-national comparisons.

The Fulbright-Scotland Visiting Professorship

Professor Macgowan is the University’s second Fulbright visiting professor. He follows American poet Marianne Boruch who took part in the exchange in January 2012.

The visit is organised by the US-UK Fulbright Commission, which is part of the worldwide Fulbright Program - one of the world’s most prestigious academic exchange programmes.

The Fulbright Program was set up by US Senator J. William Fulbright after the Second World War to promote leadership, learning and empathy between nations through educational exchange.

Notable alumni of the scheme include economist Milton Friedman, poet Sylvia Plath and Edinburgh- based mathematician Sir Michael Atiyah.