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Aug. 29, 2003

Fulbright Scholar David Bills To Work At German Think-Tank

David Bills, an associate professor in the University of Iowa College of Education's Social Foundations of Education graduate program, will spend this fall in Germany as a Fulbright Scholar working for a social science research think-tank.

Bills leaves Sept. 13 for Berlin, where he will work in the Labor Market Policy & Employment Unit of the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung, or Social Science Research Center-Berlin, to collaborate on a project examining trends in the hiring and training practices of German and U.S. employers over the past 20 years.

"What's exciting about the opportunity to work at WZB is that it brings together people from all over the world to address issues with real policy implications," Bills said. "It's a beautiful, state of the art facility that gives me a chance to collaborate with some exceptional scholars."

The Fulbright Program was established in 1946 to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and managed by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars, the program annually recruits and sends nearly 800 U.S. faculty and professionals to 140 countries and brings 800 foreign faculty and professionals to the United States.

Bills is a sociologist with interests in education and the world of work, labor markets, technological and organizational changes in the workplace, educational demography and social inequality. At the UI since 1985, he holds a courtesy appointment in the UI Department of Sociology and is a faculty affiliate in the literature, science, and the arts program.

From 1994 to 1999, he was chair of the College of Education's Educational Policy and Leadership Studies (EPLS) Department, which houses the social foundations of education graduate program.

In addition to his work related to the Fulbright, Bills is collaborating on a project with the National Center for Education Statistics and MPR Associates on the participation of adults in work-related education. He has recently completed a book -- due out in 2004 -- on the relationships between schools and workplaces, and he has edited two volumes that will soon be published (one on the sociology of job training and the other a Festschrift (German for a "celebration in writing" by colleagues and former students) in honor of Archibald Haller, a major figure in the field of sociology.

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