Psychology chair Lunsford named Fulbright Scholar

Campbell University is pleased to announce that Dr. Laura Lunsford has received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program award in psychology for the 2020-2021 academic year from the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

Lunsford — a professor and chair of Campbell’s psychology department — is one of more than 800 U.S. citizens who will conduct research and/or teach abroad for the 2020-2021 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program.

Fulbright alumni include 60 Nobel Prize laureates, 88 Pulitzer Prize recipients and 37 who have served as a head of state or government.

Lunsford will research at Regensburg University in Germany as part of a project to study the mentoring processes and education in the Global Talent Mentoring Hub — an innovative, research-based online mentoring platform that will provide exceptionally talented, highly motivated youth with the opportunity to cultivate their talents in STEMM. Lunsford will collaborate with Dr. Stoeger at Regensburg to prepare joint research papers on best practices in mentoring, review effectiveness of mentoring training, and engage local faculty and industry leaders on mentorship through public lectures and ‘lunch-and-learn’ sessions.

Before coming to Campbell, Lunsford was a tenured associate professor at the University of Arizona, directed the Swain Center for executive education in the Cameron School of Business at UNC Wilmington, served as the alumni director at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, and was the founding full-time director of the Park Scholarships at NC State.

Her BA and Ph.D. are from NC State University and her MS is from UNC Greensboro. She regularly consults with organizations on creating fantastic mentoring programs.

She wrote the definitive Handbook for Managing Mentoring Programs and co-edited the Sage Handbook of Mentoring, in addition to having published more than 40 peer-reviewed articles, chapters and books on mentoring and leadership development.

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