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SHMS Faculty Member Awarded Fulbright to Teach Occupational Therapy in Finland
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Elizabeth Torcivia, PhD, OTR, associate professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy at the Seton Hall University School of Health and Medical Sciences (SHMS), has been selected for a Fulbright Scholar Award for Spring 2014 at Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences in Finland. Dr. Torcivia will be teaching selected courses in English on clinical reasoning as well as elective innovation courses for community-based occupational therapy. She also will be engaged in collaboration with the university’s Occupational Therapy faculty, according to the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

Dr. Torcivia’s participation in the International Innovation Project (IIP), which took place in Helsinki in 2011 and on campus at Seton Hall University in 2012, was the foundation of her application. The IIP program, initiated by Brian B. Shulman, PhD, dean of SHMS, is a collaboration among SHMS, Massachusetts General Hospital’s Institute of Health Professions in Boston and European university partners in Finland and Denmark. An interdisciplinary cohort of students from the partner institutions come together for an intensive five-week program to collaborate on innovative solutions for community organizations. Dr. Torcivia’s Fulbright award will continue to develop common interests between Seton Hall and Metropolia’s Faculty of Welfare and Human Functioning, as indicated in a letter of invitation from their dean, Johanna Holvikivi.

"We are so pleased that a member of our faculty has been recognized for her international work," says Dr. Shulman. "Dr. Torcivia has a keen sense of global community, which we value as an institution. We congratulate her on this achievement and look forward to her continued efforts to collaborate across borders in pursuit of advanced knowledge in the field of health sciences."

Dr. Torcivia is one of several U.S. faculty and professionals who will travel to Helsinki next Spring through the Fulbright program. America's flagship international educational exchange activity, the Fulbright program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Over its 60 years of existence, thousands of U.S. faculty and professionals have taught, studied or conducted research abroad, and thousands of their counterparts from other countries have engaged in similar activities in the United States. More than 285,000 emerging leaders in their professional fields have received Fulbright awards, including individuals who later became heads of government, Nobel Prize winners and leaders in education, business, journalism, the arts and other fields.

Recipients of Fulbright Scholar awards are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement. Among thousands of prominent Fulbright Scholar alumni are Milton Friedman, Nobel Prize-winning economist; Alan Leshner, CEO of the American Association for the Advancement of Science; Rita Dove, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet; and Craig Barrett, chairman of the Board of Intel Corporation.

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