Deep Dive into the Fulbright Experience
SREB-State Doctoral Scholars Program Webinar Series (Fulbright Session 2 of 2)
In September, the SREB-State Doctoral Scholars Program hosted a series of two professional development sessions focusing on the Fulbright Fellowship.
In the second session, DSP hosted an intimate conversation about the Fulbright experience between Dr. Donathan Brown, Assistant Provost at the Rochester Institute of Technology and US Fulbright Alumni Ambassador, and Dr. Loneka Battiste, SREB alumna and Assistant Professor of Music Education at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. The two discuss their respective experiences in Slovenia and Brazil.
Dr. Donathan Brown, Assistant Provost, Assistant Vice President and Associate Professor at the Rochester Institute of Technology, is also a former US Fulbright Professor to Slovenia and current US Fulbright Scholar Alumni Ambassador. In his role at RIT, Dr. Brown oversees the Office of Faculty Diversity and Recruitment, and places particular emphasis on recruiting historically underrepresented faculty and providing strategic guidance to support retention related efforts. In his role with Fulbright, Dr. Brown places particular emphasis on recruiting prospective Fulbright applicants from racially underserved communities.
Dr. Loneka Battiste is an Assistant Professor of Music Education at the University of Tennessee. Her duties include teaching elementary general and middle school choral methods and teaching graduate courses in music education. She has presented several papers and sessions at local and national conferences and symposiums and is a frequent clinician and guest conductor for elementary and middle school choirs. As a former member of the Moses Hogan Chorale and the Moses Hogan Singers, she completed her dissertation entitled “ ‘Music Down in My Soul’: Achieving a Sound Ideal for Moses Hogan Spirituals” in 2014. She currently serves as Co-Chair Elect of the Education Section for the Society of Ethnomusicology. Her research interests include social justice in music education and culturally responsive teaching in music education.