Joseph Walther Receives Fulbright Scholar Award

Posted on: June 14, 2013

Dr. Joseph Walther Receives Fulbright Scholar AwardJoseph Walther, professor in the departments of Communication and Telecommunication, Information Studies and Media, has been named a Fulbright Scholar for spring of 2013 to conduct research and teach in the Netherlands. His research will focus on advancing theoretical understanding of the effects of self-disclosure in online communication systems with respect to social relationships, as well as individual psychosocial adjustment.

He will join internationally renowned researchers at the University of Amsterdam's Amsterdam School of Communication Research (ASCoR) who have also been prolific in their study of online disclosure. Walther's teaching activities will involve a graduate seminar on disclosure this spring. He will be developing a course on virtual teams and global collaboration that will be offered next fall at MSU. The virtual teams course will involve students from MSU and Amsterdam working together on several projects. They will explore the use of different Internet-based collaboration tools and review research findings about the social and strategic arrangements that help overcome the challenges of global teamwork.

The J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship is a highly prestigious award. It is funded by the host country and by the U.S. Congress. The Fulbright Scholarship awards are administered by a Presidentially appointed board of directors, with the purpose of enhancing international understanding by exposing other countries to America's intellectual ambassadors and by bringing promising academics to the U.S. According to the Fulbright Foundation, its "alumni have become heads of state, judges, ambassadors, cabinet ministers, CEOs, university presidents, journalists, artists, professors and teachers. They have been awarded 43 Nobel Prizes. Since its inception more than 60 years ago, approximately 300,000 Fulbrighters have participated in the program."

Only two Fulbright scholars are selected by the Netherlands each year across any field of study. Professor Walther competed with applicants from all other social sciences, the physical sciences, and the humanities. Walther came to MSU from Cornell University

In 2006. In addition to his dual-appointment in the College of Communication Arts & Sciences, he is also a member of the Health and Risk Communication Center. His work on the Internet and its potential for bridging interethnic relations led to his affiliation with MSU's Center for the Advanced Study of International Development.

Only two Fulbright scholars are selected by the Netherlands each year across any field of study, Professor Walther competed with applicants from all other social sciences, the physical sciences and the humanities.

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