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Professor, Seacoast Resident, Receives Fulbright Award


Contact: James A. Lawrence, 202-632-3241
LOWELL, Mass. — Alan Jay Lincoln, an organizational ombudsman and professor emeritus of criminal justice and criminology at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, has been awarded a Fulbright Specialist grant at Ashesi University College in Accra, Ghana, during the 2011-2012 academic year, the United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board announced recently.

Lincoln, of Portsmouth, N.H., and Wells, Maine, will work with Ashesi administrators to consider changes to the university’s student judicial processes and sexual harassment policies that will be consistent with personal responsibility for all members of the campus community.

Lincoln is one of more than 350 U.S. faculty and professionals who will travel abroad this year through the Fulbright Specialist Program. His work in Ghana will extend from Oct. 15 through Nov. 8. 

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding among the people of the United States and other countries. The primary source of funding for the Fulbright Program is an annual appropriation made by Congress to the Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Participating governments, host institutions, corporations and foundations in foreign countries and in the United States also provide direct and indirect support. Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. The program operates in more than 155 countries worldwide.

Lincoln served as the first ombudsman at UMass Lowell. He joined the university in 1977 as the first faculty member of the Criminal Justice Department and served as graduate coordinator, special assistant to the graduate dean and on the Institutional Review Board. He is the founding editor of the Journal of the International Ombudsman Association.

Lincoln earned master’s degrees in social psychology and sociology, and a doctorate in sociology from UMass Amherst. He also completed a National Institute of Health Postdoctoral Program in family violence at the University of New Hampshire. He previously held a Fulbright professorship in the Netherlands, and is the author of numerous articles and three books on crime and violence in the family and public places. Lincoln also is a former journal editor of Library and Archival Security. He is a certified mediator and holds a five-year appointment on the Fulbright Senior Specialists Roster. Lincoln works as a consulting ombudsman and teaches online graduate classes at UMass Lowell.

Since its establishment in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late U.S. Sen. J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright Program has given approximately 300,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists, and scientists the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.  

Fulbright alumni have achieved distinction in government, science, the arts, business, philanthropy, education, and athletics. Forty-three Fulbright alumni from 11 countries have been awarded the Nobel Prize, and 78 have received Pulitzer Prizes. Prominent Fulbright alumni include: Muhammad Yunus, founder of Grameen Bank and 2006 Nobel Peace Prize recipient; John Atta Mills, president of Ghana; Olympic gold medalist Lee Evans; Riccardo Giacconi, physicist and 2002 Nobel Laureate; Amar Gopal Bose, chairman and founder of Bose Corp.; soprano Renee Fleming; writer Jonathan Franzen; and architect Daniel Libeskind. 

About the Fulbright Specialist Program

Fulbright recipients are among more than 40,000 individuals participating in U.S. Department of State exchange programs each year. For more than 60 years, the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs has funded and supported programs that seek to promote mutual understanding and respect between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The Fulbright Specialist Program is administered by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars, a division of the Institute of International Education. For further information about the Fulbright Program or the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, please visit the website at or contact James A. Lawrence, office of academic exchange programs, telephone 202-632-3241 or e-mail

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