J.P. Allen (right), associate professor of information systems, was one of four USF faculty to win Fulbright scholars awards in 2009-10. Allen will teach innovation management and
technology to MBA students at the University of the Azores in Portugal.
The University of San Francisco is among the top 10 research
universities in the country for the number of Fulbright scholars it produced in
Four USF faculty claimed Fulbright scholars awards this
academic year, in specialties as diverse as multicultural education, business,
and teaching English as a second language.
Overall, USF tied for 10th among U.S. universities
for the number of faculty receiving Fulbright scholars awards for 2009-10.
"This ranking is another demonstration of the excellence of our faculty and the key role they play in providing our students with a global perspective that will allow them to become leaders that will create a more humane and just world," said USF Vice Provost
Gerardo Marin, noting that USF was the only Jesuit university and the only
university of its size in the top 10.
USF Professor of International and Multicultural Education
Susan Katz will use her Fulbright grant to trek into the remote Amazon
rainforest to study and live among the Shuar, an indigenous population in the
southern Amazon region of Ecuador.
She’ll divide her time delivering a series of presentations on her past
bilingual research at the Latin American Academy for the Social Sciences in
Quito and conducting new research with the Shuar Federation on the effects of
bilingual education in its schools.
J.P. Allen, associate professor of information systems, will
take three months to teach an MBA course on innovation management and
technology at the University of the Azores in Portugal. Building on similar USF-developed
courses at another Portuguese university and universities in the Canary
Islands, Allen intends to bolster the course’s focus on open innovation and
“Through the MBA course, student advising, and faculty
knowledge exchange, our proposal is to focus the innovation and technology
management discussion for the Azores on opportunities that take advantage of
technology shifts favoring geographically remote locations,” Allen said.
He also plans to add a business plan competition to the
curriculum, in which MBA students learn to develop viable business plans to attract
Another professor taking a technology slant with her
Fulbright is recently retired business Professor Heather Hudson. As part of her
Fulbright, Hudson accepted a research chair position at Carleton University in
Ottawa, Ontario in Canada. She’ll study the socio-economic impacts of Canadian
national policy aimed at extending Internet broadband to rural and remote
Mary Burns, an adjunct professor of English
and composition at USF for many years before departing last semester, plans to
use her Fulbright to teach English in Lebanon.