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Stonehill Prof. Anna Ohanyan Earns Fulbright Fellowship

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  • Stonehill Prof. Anna Ohanyan Earns Fulbright Fellowship


    Targeted News Service
    May 29, 2012 Tuesday 4:56 AM EST

    Stonehill College issued the following news release:

    Stonehill Associate Professor of Political Science Anna Ohanyan has
    earned a Fulbright Fellowship Award to Armenia where she will spend
    the 2012-2013 academic year both teaching and conducting research.

    Ohanyan's goal while teaching in Armenia will be to diversify
    instructional technologies in higher education. She will work with
    the Yerevan State Linguistic University (YSLU) to introduce two new
    courses and will also collaborate with its new Center for Quality
    Assurance, which focuses on establishing tools and policies of quality
    control as well as developing and implementing learning assessment
    standards. Ohanyan plans to assist the Center with professional
    development programs for faculty.

    "I will be working with my colleagues at YSLU to develop programs for
    regular professional development seminars which will help establish
    a culture of continuous learning and discovery of innovative teaching
    tools that may be used by instructors in their teaching," says Ohanyan,
    who was born in Armenia.

    Topics for the seminars will range from course development to
    skills-based learning and writing infusion to prospects of student
    autonomy and empowerment in the learning process she notes.

    One of the courses she plans to introduce while teaching at YSLU
    is her International Organizations course which she has taught at
    Stonehill since her arrival in 2005.

    "Graduates of YSLU are often recruited to work for international
    organizations and NGOs that are active in Armenia and for such
    students, a background on the workings of international organizations
    as well as of the economic, social, and political dimensions of
    globalization, will be a significant compliment to their educational
    experience," says Ohanyan.

    On the research end, she plans to continue her investigation on
    regionalism in politically divided areas such as the South Caucasus
    region. Her research this summer and during her time in Armenia will
    focus on the involvement of the Regional Cooperation Council in the
    Balkans and the role of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation organization
    in Armenia and its neighboring countries.

    Through a grant from Civil Society, Education and Media Development
    (IREX), Ohanyan will travel to the Balkans this summer for fieldwork
    and in the fall, will begin conducting interviews in Armenia.

    "Professor Ohanyan has set a high bar with her scholarship and
    teaching. Since her arrival we have seen a steady increase in the
    numbers of students wishing to pursue careers with nongovernmental
    organizations or post graduate work in the area of peace and conflict
    studies. We are thrilled that her excellent work has been recognized
    with a Fulbright Fellowship," said Peter Ubertaccio, professor and
    chair of Stonehill's Political Science Department.

    At Stonehill, she actively works with the Center for Teaching and
    Learning, which supports faculty in their roles as educators and
    facilitates collaboration among faculty members at the College.

    Ohanyan established the multidisciplinary minor Peace and Conflict,
    which has attracted a growing number of students at Stonehill. As
    part of the program, she developed three new courses.

    She has served as a Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government
    at Harvard University from 2002-2004 and at the Woodrow Wilson
    International Center for Scholars in 2007.

    Ohanyan is the author of "NGOs, IGOs, and the Network Mechanism of
    Post-Conflict Global Governance," published in 2008. She has published
    widely on transnational politics, international organizations and
    peacebuilding in such post-conflict settings such as Kosovo, Bosnia
    and Herzegovina, Afghanistan and Abkhazia.

    Ohanyan has also served as a consultant for numerous organizations
    such as the United Nations Foundation, the World Bank, the National
    Intelligence Council Project at the University of Maryland, the U.S.

    Department of State, the Carter Center and USAID.