Assistant provost selected for Fulbright International Education Administrators Program

April 9, 2015 | News, UToday
By Cathy Zimmer

Dr. Sammy Spann, assistant provost for international studies and programs, has been selected for a 2015-16 Fulbright U.S.-Japan International Education Administrators fully funded grant to Japan.



This was a highly competitive selection process with hundreds of applicants, but only 10 recipients.

“This is a huge honor of being selected from hundreds of applicants from around the United States,” Spann said. “This is a wonderful chance to gain additional perspective into how colleagues from the United States and abroad internationalize their campuses. With the support of many individuals from across campus, I am able to take advantage of opportunities such as this, impacting both my professional and personal life.”

In June, Spann will participate in a two-week group seminar designed to help U.S. higher education administrators become familiar with Japan’s higher education system, society and culture. The program consists of briefings, campus visits, appointments with government officials, cultural activities, and meetings with Japanese international education professionals in Tokyo and other cities.

Grantees have the opportunity to learn about the host country’s education system as well as establish networks of U.S. and international colleagues.

According to the Fulbright International Education Administrators Program, Japanese universities are on the forefront of several new education-based globalization initiatives that aim to develop a new skilled generation with worldwide awareness.

Thanks to the grant, Spann will have an opportunity to advocate for the international dimension of the University while increasing UT’s partnership with Japan and its institutions.

The Fulbright Program aims to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and those of other countries.

To learn more about the Fulbright International Education Administrators Program, visit

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