Professor Dr. Jacqueline Stephen to travel to Timor-Leste as Fulbright Specialist

Dr. Jacqueline Stephen. Mercer University photo

Dr. Jacqueline Stephen, a faculty member in Mercer University’s College of Professional Advancement, has been selected for a six-week assignment in Timor-Leste in Southeast Asia for the Fulbright Specialist Program. From June 20-July 31, she will work with the Office of Ombudsman for Human Rights and Justice at its primary location in the capital city of Dili.

Dr. Stephen, assistant professor of instructional design and director of the Office of Distance Learning, will be involved in a training and development project that aims to exchange knowledge and establish partnerships benefiting participants, institutions and communities both in the U.S. and overseas through a variety of educational activities. She will conduct a training needs assessment that focuses on human resource development

“I am honored to have been selected for this award, and I am grateful for the privilege of helping to review existing processes, identify performance requirements, and create a professional development plan to equip and empower employees to fulfill the organization’s mission,” Dr. Stephen said. “I also hope to create opportunities for Mercer students enrolled in the Human Resources Administration and Talent Development undergraduate online program to engage in virtual service learning by designing and developing training materials.”

Dr. Stephen is a trained instructional designer and educator with a wealth of national and international experience in higher education. She holds a Doctor of Education in instruction and curricular leadership with a concentration in instructional design and technology, a master’s degree in instructional technology, and a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. 

In early June, she wrapped up a five-month Fulbright U.S. Scholar assignment in Azerbaijan, where she provided instructional design training and development for faculty at Azerbaijan State Pedagogical University and led professional development workshops for both faculty and students. 

Dr. Stephen is one of over 400 U.S. citizens who share expertise with host institutions abroad through the Fulbright Specialist Program each year. Recipients of Fulbright Specialist awards are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement, demonstrated leadership in their field, and their potential to foster long-term cooperation between institutions in the U.S. and abroad. 

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