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Shultz selected for prestigious Australian research fellowship

Shultz selected for prestigious Australian research fellowship

Professor Shultz sees the fellowship as the first step in research that will grow in size and scope, well beyond Perth and Australia.

Professor Clifford Shultz recently began a research partnership focused on underserved communities around the world and how businesses can enhance the communities' well-being.

His work began with his selection as a BHP Billiton fellow. The program brings international high-profile researchers to Australia to undertake research, collaborate with academics, and participate in public lectures, teaching programs, and other activities.

In February, Shultz spent two and a half weeks at the University of Western Australia Business School, as a BHP Billiton Visiting Professor.

“It’s truly an honor to be associated with the many people with whom I am working on this project and all the ensuing projects made possible by the BHP Billiton fellowship,” says Shultz, the Kellstadt Chair of Marketing at Quinlan.

Here, Shultz talks about his experience in Australia and how the fellowship creates opportunities for him and for the entire Loyola community.

What were your responsibilities as a visiting professor?

I worked with colleagues and doctoral students in the business school, and stakeholders in various communities in Perth and around the state of West Australia. We want to research some of the world’s most pressing problems, from multiple perspectives, and seize new opportunities.

Some of the collaborations, I am happy to report, require key tenets of Jesuit education: immersion, engagement, discernment, reflection, and transformation.

The charge was a bit daunting, given that West Australia is three-and-a-half times larger than Texas and comprises the western third of the country, most of which is truly off the grid, but we saw this visit as the first step in a long and evolving march that will grow in size and scope, well beyond Perth and Australia.

What were your research goals?

The primary foci on this visit included sustainable practices and corporate social responsibility in the excavation industries; initiatives to enhance community quality-of-life through constructive engagement, particularly among underserved and disenfranchised communities such as refugees and indigenous people; and explorations of possible institutional cooperation around shared interests.

We are hopeful that our findings will help to improve business practices, government policy and community well-being — again, throughout Australia, and beyond.

Now that you’re back at home, what is your favorite part of teaching at Quinlan?

My favorite parts are the people — students, colleagues, staff — with whom I get to work while teaching, either at the Water Tower Campus or in the various countries where I lead immersion studies, and the myriad opportunities Quinlan provides for — indeed, encourages — faculty and students to engage in that lead to transformative experiences for everyone involved.

I’ve already got a flood of ideas about the possibilities for students, faculty, and alumni at Quinlan and Loyola University Chicago, “Down Under."