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Heather M. Bandeen

Heather Bandeen headshot
Job title
Research and Program Development Manager
Academic year
August 2014 - May 2015
Education Policy
The Effect of Gender Policy on the Perceptions of Teachers in Norway “Roving” Scholar Award

As Research and Program Development Manager, I work at the Association of Minnesota Counties, which is a member-driven civic organization that leads in tandem with city, township, and school board associations to support local government. During my day-to-day, I lead a new department that oversees research, education, and engagement. This work has resulted in multiple grants and a growing program portfolio that includes a local government supervisor academy with Metropolitan State University, certificate programs with Mitchell Hamline School of Law, and a mini-documentary with the Saint Paul Neighborhood Network.

While in Norway, I traveled by plane, train, bus, and boat on a special Fulbright Scholar grant. The Roving Scholar in American Studies grant features the chance to visit colleges and schools while also learning about education policy.

When I returned home, I reflected upon the policies that framed Norway’s public education system to support the health and well-being of communities across the country. Because of Fulbright, my professional path is transformed to now work closely with local government. At the Association of Minnesota Counties, I am honored to “rove” once again to continue the long-held traditions of conversation, coffee, and learning.

Ask Me About:

  • Considerations as a community college faculty member
  • Considerations for a mid-career professional outside of academia
  • Effectively managing extensive international travel
  • Living apart from family
  • Preparations for emergencies “back home”
  • How to continue to invest in Fulbright upon returning to the U.S.