Dr. Donald Neumann, professor of physical therapy, recently received his fourth Fulbright Award, a rare honor that puts him in the upper-echelon of scholars worldwide. He is believed to be the only physical therapist to have won so many Fulbright awards.
College of Health Sciences Dean Bill Cullinan said that Neumann deserves the moniker "Dr. Fulbright." "Don is in elite company — I simply have never heard of an academic receiving more than two, and few ever do that," Cullinan said. "Four Fulbrights is simply incredible."
Neumann earned the first, the signature Fulbright Scholar Award, in 2002 to direct a kinesiology course in a newly developed physiotherapy curriculum at Kaunas Medical University in Kaunas, Lithuania. He was subsequently honored with two Senior Specialist Grants in 2005 and 2006, which brought him to Semmelweis University in Budapest, Hungary.
Through a Fulbright serial grant, Neumann is now headed to Japan to teach kinesiology. He also taught in Japan last year as a visiting professor at Shinshu University in Matsumoto.
Neumann has the textbook he authored, Kinesiology of the Musculoskeletal System: Foundations for Physical Rehabilitation, to thank for the international interest in his work. The book has been widely adopted in physical therapy programs across the globe and translated into at least four other languages, including Korean, Japanese, Portuguese and Spanish.
Although clearly honored, Neumann is also humble about his achievement. "Really, these Fulbrights are more of a testament to the quality of teaching and research we have in the College of Health Sciences and Department of Physical Therapy," he said.
Neumann spent a month in Japan this fall and will return to Matsumoto for another month in August 2010.