Fulbright Distinguished Chairs

and Awards in Teaching

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Tiphani Davis

Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program, Netherlands, 2020

Tiphani Davis has worked in education for over a decade as an educator and a writer and began her teaching career in Prince George’s County, Maryland with The New Teacher Project. She has written for StudentsFirst and Education Post, applying a critical lens to the state of education in rural communities, and is currently teaching 12th grade English, journalism, and photojournalism at Morgantown High School in Morgantown, West Virginia. In January 2020, Tiphani was awarded the Fulbright Distinguished Arts in Teaching award and traveled to the Netherlands to research education for sustainable development with Dr. Arjen Wals.


Currently, Tiphani is a doctoral candidate at the University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point where she is researching educators' perceptions as educators for sustainability, and the change in perspectives among adolescents toward sustainability mindsets through literature.

Nancy Erbe

Fulbright-Nehru Academic and Professional Excellence Fellowship, India, 2019

Fulbright Distinguished Chairs Program, Brazil, 2015

Fulbright U.S. Specialist Program, Cyprus and the West Bank, 2010

Nancy Erbe is a professor of negotiation, conflict resolution, and peacebuilding at California State University, Dominguez Hills. She teaches transformative, participatory, community-engaged stakeholder process with true power balancing (justice), e.g., Beahr’s Environmental Leadership School. Her students include those working for nonprofits like Nature Conservancy and government employees at all levels charged with environmental responsibilities. She is a pioneer in multicultural conflict process and mediation's emerging, global role in governance. Her past clients include government agencies at all levels, the University of Oslo, and mediators and bicommunal groups from several countries.


Nancy received her J.D. with honors from the University of Minnesota and her LL.M. from Pepperdine's Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution where she was a visiting faculty scholar after serving as the first director of the Rotary Center for International Studies in Peace and Conflict Resolution at the University of California Berkeley. She is an alumna of the Fulbright Distinguished Chairs Program in Brazil and Fulbright U.S. Specialist programs in India, Cyprus, and the West Bank.


Additionally, Nancy is the author of Holding These Truths: Empowerment and Recognition in Action and other books exemplifying multicultural storytelling, diversity’s rich contribution to creative problem-solving, and mediation’s critical role in democracy building. She has published articles in international law journals and edited books with international authors.

Pamela Joslyn

Fulbright Distinguished Award in Teaching Program, Finland, 2020

Pamela Joslyn, entering her 29th year of teaching, is a science educator in the Muscatine Community School District. She has taught physics, chemistry, earth science, physical science, and biology. Currently, Pamela is piloting a community-school partnership program to reduce organic waste through a collaboration with the City of Muscatine.


Selected as a recipient of the Catherine Miller Explorer Award from the Stanley Foundation, Pamela toured Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, and South Africa. She also provided outreach opportunities to her local community connecting cultures, wildlife, and geology. Pamela has developed various engineering activities including a security system with lasers and photoreceptors, cardboard boat regattas, designing cell phone cases, and car crash tests. During the spring semester of 2020, Pamela researched how the design process in science and engineering practices and problem-based learning is taught in STEM and/or science classrooms in the Helsinki area. Pam collaborated with the University of Helsinki in Finland through the Fulbright Distinguished Award in Teaching.


Pamela received her B.S. degree in genetics from Iowa State University and an M.S. degree in science education from Montana State University. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in STEM education with a focus on socioscientific issues at Drake University.