Boston University Professor Honored with Fulbright Award

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(Boston, Mass.) — Dr. Janice Barrett, an associate professor of Boston University’s College of Communication, has been awarded a 2003-2004 Fulbright Scholar lecturing/ research award from the Council for International Exchange of Scholars. Awarded for academic merit and leadership potential, it will enable Dr. Barrett to conduct advanced research and teach in Ireland during the 2003-2004 academic year.

“Professor Barrett’s colleagues at the College of Communication congratulate her on winning a Fulbright Scholar Award,” said Dean Brent Baker of the Boston University College of Communication. “We are proud of her service to the University and her students. We wish her well with her timely research project on media coverage of conflict, particularly in Northern Ireland.”

For ten months, beginning September 2003, Dr. Barrett will teach in the communications program at Dublin City University while consulting with DCU colleagues on their curriculum development as they prepare to launch a new graduate program in Cross Border Studies. As part of her research, Dr. Barrett will analyze the media’s coverage of the conflicts and peace efforts in Northern Ireland through content analysis of news reports, site visits, interviews, focus groups and surveys of Irish journalists and editors. She will also explore the theoretical frameworks and research initiatives in conflict management and peace building that have been undertaken by academics, government officials, and key public opinion leaders in Ireland.

Dr. Barrett has nearly three decades of professional experience in communications, education, policy formulation, and politics. She earned her bachelor’s degree in education from Boston College, a master’s degree in mass communication from Boston University, and both a master’s degree and doctorate in education from Harvard University. Dr. Barrett chairs the Peace and Conflict Communication Commission, a division of the National Communication Association. She co-chairs the Institute on the Media and American Democracy at Harvard University. Dr. Barrett also serves as a member of the Board of Judges for the John F. Kennedy Library’s annual “Profiles in Courage” essay contest.

Established by the late Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas in 1946, the Fulbright Program builds a mutual understanding between the United States and the nations of the world through cross-cultural interaction in an atmosphere of openness, academic integrity, and intellectual freedom.

Boston University is the fourth-largest independent university in the United States, with an enrollment of more than 29,000 students in its 17 schools and colleges. The University offers an exceptional grounding in the liberal arts, a broad range of programs in the arts, sciences, engineering, and professional areas, and state-of-the-art facilities for teaching and research.