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UCO Professor Named Fulbright Award Recipient

J. Kole Kleeman, Ph.D., professor of mass communication in UCO’s College of Liberal Arts, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to teach in the Master of Arts program in the Department of American Studies and Mass Media at the University of Lodz in Lodz, Poland, for the 2015-16 academic year.

July 22, 2015

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UCO PROFESSOR NAMED FULBRIGHT AWARD RECIPIENT

J. Kole Kleeman, Ph.D., professor of mass communication in the University of Central Oklahoma’s College of Liberal Arts, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to teach in the Master of Arts program in the Department of American Studies and Mass Media at the University of Lodz in Lodz, Poland, for the 2015-16 academic year.

Kleeman, who is originally from East Alton, Illinois, will teach courses he developed as the director of Central’s media studies minor, as well as specialty courses like “Gender, Race, Class and the Media” and “Gays and Lesbians in Film and Media” for the GEMMA program (Women and Gender Studies) associated with several universities across the European Union.

Gary Steward, Ph.D., dean of Central’s College of Liberal Arts, said that the college is very proud of Kleeman’s honor and noted that the experience will impact students both in Oklahoma and abroad.

“Dr. Kleeman has more than 25 years of teaching and research experience. His expertise in the field of violence and victims in the media will benefit students in the programs at the University of Lodz. Conversely, the teaching experience and dialogue with experts in Poland will add value to the classroom and learning experience of UCO students,” said Steward.

Kleeman called the award a pinnacle accomplishment of his career.

“I look very forward to working with my host department in Lodz in American and Media Studies. I hope to acquire new information and publication opportunities for the new gender and sexuality studies minor at UCO,” said Kleeman.

“This will be due to working with faculty and students in the prestigious GEMMA program associated with seven EU universities. The opportunity to live for a lengthy period of time in another country will be an interesting intercultural exchange of ideas.”

In addition to teaching, Kleeman will conduct research on violence and the media and give public lectures at his host university and others in Poland through an inter-country grant.

Following his return to Oklahoma, Kleeman says he plans to assist other Central faculty who wish to apply for a Fulbright.

“I spent all last summer making application and finding a host university seeking my expertise. I would like to help others from what I learned from making a successful application and acceptance.”

The Fulbright Program is America’s flagship international educational exchange program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Its mission is to increase mutual understanding between the people of the U.S. and the 150 other participating countries, through the exchange of persons, knowledge and skills.

Fulbright grants are made to U.S. citizens and nationals of other countries for a variety of educational activities, primarily university lecturing, advanced research, graduate study and teaching in elementary and secondary schools.

Approximately 310,000 participants, chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential, have utilized the opportunity to exchange ideas and to contribute to finding solutions to shared issues through the Fulbright Program since its inception in 1946.

For more information about Central’s College of Liberal Arts, visit www.uco.edu/la.

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Editor’s Note: To download art associated with this release, visit www.uco.edu/photo/Kleeman07.15.

Cutline: J. Kole Kleeman, Ph.D., professor of mass communication in UCO’s College of Liberal Arts, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to teach in the Master of Arts program in the Department of American Studies and Mass Media at the University of Lodz in Lodz, Poland, for the 2015-16 academic year.