The United States–India Educational Foundation has selected Debra McCall, Director of Teacher Certification and Professional Development at Ross School, as the recipient of a Fulbright-Nehru Academic and Professional Excellence Award. These awards promote cultural exchange between the citizens of the United States and India, and support research in a wide range of academic disciplines.
Debra’s project will entail traveling to India to document the historical artifacts and culture of Chidambaram, one of India’s foremost Hindu temples, which has influenced worship and arts traditions for more than two millennia. Her work will support efforts to have the temple declared a protected heritage site. Debra will also serve as a visiting scholar at Annamalai University in Tamil Nadu.
Since 1996, Debra has been a valued member of the Ross School faculty, serving in a variety of capacities both in the classroom and in administration. She has taught Cultural History across the grades as well as electives focusing on World Dance, Arab Uprisings, and Global Women’s Movements. Prior to joining Ross, Debra taught on the graduate school faculties of New York University, Adelphi University, Prescott College, and Pratt Institute. She is also a previous recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities.