“Our previous Fulbright awards (Sudan and Palestine) were administered directly from the Embassy or Consulate. Those countries do not have a Fulbright Binational Commission as does Jordan. Therefore, this is our first experience working with a commission. What a world of difference! In most cases where Fulbrighters are under the CAO of the embassy, the Fulbright person is ancillary to the staff’s main functions. With a Commission, you have people who are devoted exclusively to the Fulbright Program. This provides assistance when you have bureaucratic bungling and hang-ups. JACEE does a superb job at orienting new and returning Fulbrighters. When I first read about required attendance at a four-day orientation I questioned its value. It turned out to be informative and enlightening. Topics that were covered that I would never have taken the time to pursue included economics of Jordan, the political situation, health matters, security, and a diversity of services and organizations. The time spent on the orientation is cost and time effective and really helps in getting established.
The relationship of JACEE to the academic and diplomatic community in Jordan is commendable. An administrator at the University of Jordan told me that the director, Alain McNamara, is highly regarded throughout the university. This is the kind of person you want as an advocate when problems arise.
Further, the attitude of the JACEE office (known affectionately by all of us as the “Fulbright House”) is affirming and thoroughly helpful…all manner of services are performed not in a perfunctory manner but in a spirit of caring and support. What I personally value the most about JACEE is their transparent readiness to help in any way they can. Alain McNamara [sic] and his staff have generated an atmosphere of support, help, intercession when necessary, and in numerous other ways…Alain has extensive experience in the Middle East and in dealing with academics…and is well-connected in the region.“
A personal note to Alain: “You have helped make one of the most memorable years for our family! Thanks so much! Not only are you effective, but you do it with grace and aplomb.”