Conservatory Faculty Lindsey Williams Wins Fulbright to Thailand
The Conservatory's Dr. Lindsey Williams, Assistant Professor of Music Education was awarded a Fulbright Scholar Award for Research/Lecturing in Music education, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand.
Williams will develop and implement a series of workshops—“Continuing Education and Professional Development in Music for K–12 Educators in Thailand”—to provide professional development opportunities for current Thai music educators to acquire and reinforce skills. He will assist the Mahidol University College of Music leadership in its efforts to work with the Senate and the Higher Education Commission toward monetary incentives for increased training in schools.
Dr. Joe Parisi, chair of the Conservatory's Music Education-Music Therapy division states, "The Conservatory family is proud of Dr Williams' recognition as a Fulbright Scholar and we are excited to celebrate his accomplishment."
The research component involves investigation into the perception of the role of music education in Thai society by Thai pre-service music educators. Additionally, Williams will create and initial a publication of the Music Journal of Southeast Asia, as co-editor. It's an international, peer-reviewed journal focused on all aspects of music in Southeast Asia.
Conservatory Dean Peter Witte said, "The Fulbright Program seeks to promote mutual understanding among people of diverse cultures. In Thailand, as a gifted music educator, Dr. Williams will be a wonderful ambassador for UMKC and the arts."
The Fulbright Program was established in 1946 under legislation introduced by then-Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas. The Fulbright Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The program awards approximately 8,000 grants annually. Roughly 1,600 U.S. students, 4,000 foreign students, 1,200 U.S. scholars, and 900 visiting scholars receive awards, in addition to several hundred teachers and professionals. Approximately 310,000 "Fulbrighters" have participated in the program since its inception in 1946.
Currently, the Fulbright Program operates in over 155 countries worldwide.
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