The Greater Pittsburgh Area Chapter of the Fulbright Association

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The mission of the Fulbright Association is to advocate for the Fulbright Program and promote international education.
Our vision is a world where international exchange is widely recognized as a force for peace.

Greater Pittsburgh Area Chapter of the Fulbright Association

The Greater Pittsburgh Area Chapter of the Fulbright Association is a Pennsylvania-based chapter serving Fulbright alumni and friends of international exchange. The chapter is focused on hosting engaging programs and events for Fulbright alumni and visiting Fulbright students and scholars throughout the state. The chapter primarily hosts events in Pittsburgh and the surrounding area.

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PRESIDENTTimothy Austin

VICE PRESIDENTHannalore Merritt


SECRETARYClaire Brautigam


Cynthia Baldwin

Sarah Ceurvorst

James Longo

Charline Rowland

Meet the Board Members

Tim Austin will serve as the Chapter’s initial President. Tim recently retired as Duquesne University’s Provost after a 41-year career in higher education that also brought him at various points to the campuses of the University of Massachusetts/Amherst, Loyola University Chicago, Creighton University and the College of the Holy Cross. Born just south of London and holding a master’s degree from Oxford, he came to the USA for graduate study in 1973 on a travel scholarship awarded by the English-Speaking Union—Fulbright’s sister organization in the UK. Tim taught for a year in Rome in the mid-1980s and was closely involved in promoting travel abroad throughout his time in academia. 

Hannalore (Burns) Merritt will be our first Vice President. After studying law and political science as a 2004 Fulbright Scholar in Germany, Hannalore returned to the United States, where she attended Seattle University School of Law and graduated magna cum laude as the Class of 2009 Faculty Scholar. She and her husband lived in six states over the course of ten years during his service as a Naval officer in the submarine force, but they eventually settled in Pittsburgh in 2014 with their two children. Hannalore is currently the managing associate attorney of the appellate division of Osterhout Berger Disability Law, LLC, in Oakmont. 

Brian White brings a wealth of experience (pun absolutely intended) to his new position as the Chapter’s Treasurer. A lifelong educator, Brian has served in roles ranging from classroom teacher to principal to assistant superintendent in schools at all educational levels (elementary, middle and high schools) and of all possible types (public, Catholic, private, and chartered). He holds two degrees from Duquesne University and a Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh. Brian was selected as a Fulbright Fellow for Principal Exchanges on four occasions, visiting Germany in 2000, Argentina in 2003 and 2010, and the Czech Republic in 2006. He continues to work in the field of international education. 

Claire Brautigam has agreed to serve as our Secretary. Claire currently works as a development specialist in Carnegie Mellon University’s campaign office. After graduating with degrees in English and German Literature from Kenyon College in 2015, she spent two years in Germany—first as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Zwickau, and then as a translator, copywriter, and subtitler in Berlin. She enjoys hiking and reading in her spare time, and is thrilled to be a part of Pittsburgh’s new Fulbright Association chapter! 

 Cynthia Ackron Baldwin is the first (alphabetically speaking) of our four at-large Board Members. A distinguished jurist, Cynthia retired in 2008 after serving with distinction on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. Prior to achieving this high honor, she had served for over sixteen years on the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas in the Civil, Family and Juvenile Divisions. In her “retirement,” Cynthia became the Vice President and General Counsel for the Penn State, serving as the university’s first in-house legal counsel. Most importantly from the perspective of our new Chapter, she was recently elected as the Fulbright Association’s National Secretary and was the prime mover behind efforts to establish the new Greater Pittsburgh Area Chapter.  

Sarah Ceurvorst, another at-large Board Member, is an artist and educator living in Pittsburgh. She earned her Bachelor of Humanities and Arts from Carnegie Mellon University before becoming a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Thailand. She is currently a faculty member at The Ellis School where she teaches interdisciplinary and visual art classes. She is a volunteer with the Son-Rise Program and has been a member of the P.R.I.D.E. (Positive Racial Identity Development in Early Education) Teacher Cohort and the Pittsburgh Emerging Arts Leaders. Sarah was recognized for her work as an educator with the Pennsylvania Art Education Association’s Outstanding Early Career Award. She firmly believes that the creative process can be a catalyst for positive social change.   

James Longo brings to the Chapter’s Board a history of involvement with the Fulbright organization and with international academic programs more generally. A native of St. Louis, Jim earned his doctorate in Teaching, Curriculum, and Learning Environments at Harvard University and now serves as Professor and Chair of the Education Department at Washington & Jefferson College. During his career, he has taught throughout the United States, as well as in Brazil and Costa Rica, and as the Fulbright Distinguished Chair of the Gender and Women’s Study Program at the Alpen-Adria Universität in Klagenfurt, Austria in 2011. Jim’s most recent book, Hitler and the Habsburgs: The Führer’s Vendetta Against the Austrian Royals, was begun during his Austrian Fulbright.   

Charline Barnes Rowland rounds out our eight-member Board. Charline is currently the Diversity Program Coordinator/Teaching Consultant for the University Center for Teaching and Learning at the University of Pittsburgh. A product of New York City public schools and a former public school classroom teacher and reading specialist, she has taught on the teacher education faculty at several universities. Charline received her Ed.D. in Curriculum & Instruction from Virginia Tech as well as an M.A. from George Washington University and her B.A. from Syracuse University. She was recognized in 2005 as a Carnegie Scholar (by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching) and during the spring semester of 2003, studied in Barbados as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Cave Hill. 

Upcoming Events

Date/Time Event/Location
Thursday, 3/21/19

Time TBD

Lecture by Ambassador Dennis Jett

Duquesne University

Stay tuned for more details!


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