Edinboro University faculty member Heather T. Snyder, Ph.D., has received a Fulbright Scholar Award to research at University of Surrey on one of the most prestigious and selective scholarship programs operating worldwide.
Dr. Snyder, a professor in Edinboro’s Psychology Department, has been selected from a strong applicant pool to work with Dr. Paul Sowden at University of Surrey on a research project to study the influence of feedback given for a creative product on university students’ self-perceptions of creativity.
“I am honored to be selected for this award,” Dr. Snyder said. “I look forward to working with Dr. Sowden on this project. This research has important implications for how teachers provide feedback to their students since their feedback may impact how students think about their creativity, which may then impact their future work.”
Dr. Snyder, whose award dates are Sept. 1 to Jan. 15, said the project will continue when she returns to the United States to explore any cultural differences.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for me since the University of Surrey has one of the few multidisciplinary creativity research networks in the UK,” she said. “I look forward to many discussions about creativity and culture. And I am excited to visit the UK for my first trip to Europe!”
Dr. Snyder’s research focuses on creativity in college students, including creativity measurement, factors associated with creative performance, self-perceptions of creativity, and creative teaching and teaching creativity. Edinboro’s 2014 Scholar of the Year, she is on the editorial board for the journal Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts and co-edited a book, “Teaching Creatively and Teaching Creativity” (Springer Science + Business Media, 2013), for which she also wrote a chapter on creative assignments.
Among numerous other scholarly activities, she leads a Creativity Research Group with undergraduate students at Edinboro, and both she and her students have presented research at regional and national conferences. In August, her students will co-author and co-present two posters, one on comparing measures of creativity and the other on comparing scoring methods, at the American Psychological Association Convention in Denver. At the same conference she will co-present with a colleague from University of Texas at Dallas the results of a study examining changes in motivation and self-perceptions as the result of doing a creative project.
Penny Egan CBE, executive director of the US-UK Fulbright Commission, said: “I know our 2016 cohort will do us great credit during their time here in the UK and beyond. Only exceptional scholars and students win Fulbright awards.”
Amy Moore, director of the Fulbright Awards Program, added: “It's very rewarding seeing a group of talented, inspirational and very deserving individuals, embark on a life-changing trip to the UK. This year's cohort is no exception, and has been carefully selected for their impressive accomplishments, academic excellence, and a genuine desire to delve into UK culture and collaborate with new people and experience new ideas.”
Fulbright scholars are selected through a rigorous application and interview process. In making these awards the commission looks not only for academic excellence but a focused application, a range of extracurricular and community activities, demonstrated ambassadorial skills, a desire to further the Fulbright Program and a plan to give back to the recipient’s home country upon returning.