By SARA GIBONEY
KEARNEY – Fulbright Scholar Olga Morozan is helping University of Nebraska at Kearney students and faculty learn about another culture and gain new perspectives on education.
With more than 20 years of experience as an educator, Morozan is an expert in designing and teaching e-learning courses in education and social sciences.
Morozan is from Moldova, an Eastern European country bordered by Ukraine and Romania.
“I believe having Olga in the College of Education has been important for our students and faculty. She enriches the learning experience for everyone,” said Sheryl Feinstein, dean of the College of Education. “Our students and faculty have the opportunity to learn about another culture, get new perspectives on education and also to mentor her on the education system in the U.S.”
Morozan received her Ph.D. in social psychology and master’s degree in social psychology from the Institute for Education Sciences in Chisinau, Moldova.
She currently works as the Moldova Coordinator for the English Access Microscholarship Program at the American Councils for International Education.
The Fulbright Program is an international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government. The program, which is active in more than 160 countries, aims to increase understanding between people in the U.S. and those in other countries.
The Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program provides grants to about 850 foreign scholars from over 100 countries to conduct post-doctoral research at U.S. colleges and universities.
At UNK, Morozan is conducting research on the perception of tele-health for psychologists, and teaching two online classes.
She has also presented at various conferences on campus such as the World Affairs Conference, Early Childhood Education Conference and Tech Edge Conference.
“I was very happy that the university accepted me and invited me to be a Fulbright Scholar here,” she said. “I’ve had a chance to meet many wonderful people who I can learn from.”
Morozan came to Nebraska for her Fulbright program because she met Feinstein when she was a Fulbright Scholar at the Institute for Education Sciences of Moldova.
“We had a wonderful time collaborating together. We had workshops and trainings for the lecturers and researches in the institution. We also did some research on e-learning and the perception of using online tools by Moldovan teachers,” said Morozan. “That was also motivation for me to start teaching e-courses. I’m very proud of that.”
She taught psychology courses online, the first online classes offered at the Institute for Education Sciences.
Morozan has been teaching education and social sciences to high school students and university pre-service and in-service teachers at the Institute for Education Sciences of Moldova and American Councils for International Education from Moldova for nearly 20 years.