Arkansas Chapter of the Fulbright Association

About Us
The mission of the Fulbright Association is to advocate for the Fulbright Program and promote international education. Our vision is a world where international exchange is widely recognized as a force for peace.

Arkansas Chapter of the Fulbright Association
The Arkansas Chapter of the Fulbright Association is a statewide chapter serving Fulbright alumni and friends of international exchange. The chapter is focused on hosting engaging programs and events for Fulbright alumni and visiting Fulbright students and scholars throughout Arkansas. The chapter primarily hosts programs in Fayetteville, and is closely affiliated with universities and colleges throughout the state, often co-sponsoring programs with these institutions.

Leadership

PRESIDENT

Glen Harrison
glenhar@gmail.com | (865) 776-0976

Glen was awarded two Fulbright Fellowships to teach at three different universities in Seoul, South Korea. Since returning to the US, he has been active in the Fulbright Associations in Tennessee and Arkansas. Glen attended the last two FA annual meetings in Washington, DC, and participated in the Advocacy Day activities. He has a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Central Arkansas, Master’s Degree from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, and a PhD from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. Most of his career was spent as a researcher in the Center for Transportation Analysis at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. While at ORNL, he worked on projects for the Department of Energy, Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, World Bank, and US Agency for International Development. Glen did international work in Bangladesh, India, Japan, Panama, and West Africa. He also taught three years at Lincoln University in New Zealand.

Glen currently live in Little Rock and works as a volunteer teacher at the LifeQuest Adult Education Program and as a US Rowing Referee. His vision for the Arkansas Fulbright Association Chapter is to expand it to a statewide organization that supports activities for current Fulbright recipients and FA members.

VICE PRESIDENT

William F. McComas
mccomas@uark.edu | (479) 575-7525 

Bill was a Fulbright Fellow at the Centre for the Advancement of Science and Mathematics Teaching and Learning, Dublin City University in Ireland in 2012. He is the inaugural holder of the Parks Family Endowed Professorship in Science Education at the University of Arkansas and recently named a Distinguished Professor.  He is interested in the intersection of philosophy of science and science instruction, enhancement of laboratory teaching, informal science learning, evolution education and science for gifted learners. McComas given more than 100 keynote speeches in the U.S. and a dozen other countries, including New Zealand, Spain, Brazil, Chile and the U.K., and writes frequently on a variety of science education topics.  He has been honored for his work in evolution education, research in biology teaching, innovations in college science teaching and mentorship.

Bill has been a member of the U.S. Student Fulbright Campus Evaluation Committee on the UofA campus for several years and always steps up to contribute to all things Fulbright.  He attended the Fulbright Association 2018 Annual Conference in Puebla, Mexico.

TREASURER

DeDe Long
dslong@uark.edu (479) 871-5088

DeDe retired in July 2019 as Emeritus Director of the Office of Study Abroad and International Exchange at the University of Arkansas. She has a 35 year history at the UofA and was involved in all facets of international education.  She received a Fulbright International Administrators grant to Germany in 2006 and served as the Fulbright campus program advisor (FPA) between 1993-2019.

DeDe was elected to the Fulbright Association Board of Directors in 2018 and is the current Chair of the Board. She has been very active with the Arkansas Chapter of the Fulbright Association since it was reactivated in 2015 and has submitted multiple grants in order to identify more Fulbrighters throughout the state and create a network.  She continues to host visitors from the Fulbright global community who come to the University of Arkansas to learn more about the life of Senator Fulbright and conduct research in Mullins Library Special Collections which houses the Fulbright papers along with other archives related to international educational exchange.