Rollins Professor Receives Prestigious Fulbright Award

July 22, 2010

lairsonRonald G. and N. Jayne Gelbman Professor of International Business and Professor of Political Science Thomas D. Lairson has been selected to receive a Fulbright Scholar award for teaching and research in Singapore. He will begin his Fulbright appointment in Spring 2011 and will be in Singapore for one semester.

This grant will allow him to teach at Nanyang Technological University, specifically in the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies.  He will be teaching a graduate seminar entitled, The Political Economy of Knowledge-Intensive Growth. Nanyang Technological University is a top university in Singapore and has a global top 100 ranking. While in Singapore, Lairson will also conduct research on the topic of From Fast Follower to Global Knowledge Leader? Network Relationships in Biopolis, Multimedia Supercorridor, Zhongguancun and New Songdo City.

“Singapore provides an extraordinarily interesting and important case study of a nation able to achieve rapid economic growth for several decades and make the leap to an innovation-based economy.  I am currently working on two book projects relating to these topics so this location and university are just about perfect for me.  I am excited at the prospect of teaching graduate students and look forward my time in Southeast Asia,” said Lairson.

Lairson is one of approximately 800 U.S. faculty and professionals selected to travel abroad through the core Fulbright Scholar Program each year.

Fulbright recipients are among over 40,000 individuals participating in U.S. Department of State exchange programs each year. For more than 60 years, the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs has supported programs that seek to promote mutual understanding and respect between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program is administered by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars.

In October 2009, the Fulbright Program announced that Rollins is currently recognized as the top-producing master's institution in the nation.  During the 2008-09 academic year, four Rollins students were chosen to receive Fulbright awards to teach and study in Egypt, Germany and Spain. In April, it was announced that Andrea Williamson ’07BA, '10MBA will become an English teaching assistant in Malaysia in January 2011. She is the 10th Rollins student to receive a Fulbright in recent years.

Rollins' distinctive Fulbright tradition and commitment to global citizenship also continues within the Arts & Sciences faculty. Along with Lairson's appointment, this spring, Assistant Professor of Anthropology Rachel Newcomb was awarded a Fulbright Scholar award to Morocco and Professor of Psychology Sharon Carnahan was recently appointed to the Fulbright Specialist Program. These awards are significant and demonstrate Rollins' commitment to academic excellence, tradition of innovation as well the mission of our College.

Read more about the Fulbright program.

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