Sultana Named Senior Fulbright Specialist

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Dr. Qaisar Sultana, professor emeritus in the Department of Special Education at Eastern Kentucky University, has been named a Senior Fulbright Specialist.

This fall, Sultana will travel to Norway, where she will teach graduate students in the European Master in Migration and Intercultural Relations Program and undergraduate students in the Teacher Training Program. She will teach two modules, Diversity and Education in the U. S. and Multiculturalism in the U. S., and will team teach with a Swedish visiting scholar a module on Education and Religious Education in a Multicultural Setting. She will also team teach with a Norwegian professor a module on Behavior Challenges with Young Migrants.  Additionally, she will assist with the redesign of a module on Society in Change.

Last year Sultana was selected as a Visiting Scholar by the European Union and traveled to Norway, where she taught a module on Intercultural and Interracial Relations and Educational Challenges in the United States.  She was in Bangladesh as a Fulbright Scholar in 2008-2009. 

In 2005 Sultana spent a semester at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon, as a Visiting Scholar. She has served as a consultant to the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and serves as a consultant to the Higher Education Commission in Pakistan on an ongoing basis. She played a pivotal role in the establishment of the Department of Special Education at the University of Karachi, Pakistan, and continues to serve as a consultant when needed and periodically provides professional development to its faculty.

Sultana served as president of Mid-South Educational Research Association (2002) and received the Harry Bowman Award for her visionary leadership. She served as president of the Teacher Education Division, Kentucky Federation of the Council for Exceptional Children, and Coordinator of the Asian Caucus, International Council for Exceptional Children.

Sultana joined EKU in 1980 as chair of the Department of Special Education.  She retired in 2006 but has remained professionally active, occasionally teaching part time in the department and frequently traveling overseas consulting, delivering keynote addresses at international conferences, conducting professional development of teachers and teacher educators, assisting with curriculum development, designing evaluation systems, and writing public policy in education, among other responsibilities.

Published on August 05, 2013