Fulbright Specialist program sparks partnership of Quinlan and Polish university
By Whitney Critten | Student reporter
This summer, Professor Dow Scott served as a Fulbright specialist, consulting with Poland’s AGH University of Science and Technology on its human resources program.
The Fulbright specialist program places distinguished U.S. faculty and professionals from various industries in short-term collaborative projects at eligible institutions in over 140 countries worldwide.
Here, Scott, a member of Quinlan’s management faculty, discusses why he went to Poland, what he did, and what he accomplished as a Fulbright specialist.
Why Poland and AGH University?
I was selected by AGH University through Assistant Professor of Human Resources Ewa Beck-Krala, who is a former student of mine. She applied through the university to have me come and help the faculty improve their research skills, develop a strong relationship with industry, and create a partnership with Loyola to teach a joint global human resources course.
What did you do while in Poland?
I really enjoyed having the opportunity to build a stronger academic relationship between the human resources program at AGH and Loyola’s Institute of Human Resources and Employment Relations.
First, I held a faculty seminar on how to conduct quality research on management topics related to human resources that could be accepted for publication by peer-reviewed management journals.
Second, I presented to the business alumni association and select university administration on how AGH—and specifically the business school—could strength its relationships with the business community. The key to this is creating a strong network that offers mentorship opportunities to former and current students throughout their careers.
After my presentation, representatives from the university expressed strong interest in creating centers of excellence, similar to those that we have here at Loyola, to highlight faculty efforts, leadership, research, and engage industry sponsorship.
I plan to continue working with AGH on the mentorship program and centers of excellence, if they decide to continue these efforts. Professor Beck-Krala and I also started researching how we could contribute to each other’s human resources classes via online tools, and hopefully in the future create a joint study abroad course focusing on global human resources.
How will your work with AGH benefit Quinlan students?
The joint study abroad program will be particularly valuable. Studying abroad in Poland will allow my students to observe and interact with different cultures, which is a key skill for global human resources professionals. My research with Professor Beck-Krala hopefully will make significant contributions to the field of management and will become part of my classes.