Western’s Jeanne Dorle earns Fulbright Research Chair

CULLOWHEE – Jeanne Dorle, assistant professor in the department of management and international business at Western Carolina University, has been named the Fulbright Research Chair in Project Management at the University of Quebec.

“Dr. Dorle is an exceptional scholar whose research will greatly contribute to our understanding of strategic problem solving in a business context,” said Michael K. Hawes, executive director of the Canada-U.S. Fulbright Program. “I am pleased to welcome Dr. Dorle to the distinguished group of Fulbright scholars.”

A member of the Western faculty since 2002, Dorle brings to the classroom a background in law, professional management and training, and project management. In her current research, she is working to document diversity in thinking styles and problem-solving approaches and their impact on the success of project teams in business settings.

She recently completed the certification program to administer the Kirton Adaptor-Innovator Inventory (which measures the creativity, problem-solving and decision-making styles of individuals within organizations), and will continue to collaborate with its originator, Michael Kirton, during her Fulbright experience.

Director of Western’s graduate program in project management, Dorle has a record of active participation in the Project Management Institute, where she has served in leadership roles. She has experience in the design and delivery of synchronous and asynchronous online instruction. She serves on Western’s education technology advisory council and chairs a committee for multimedia educational resources for learning and online teaching.

“This is an honor for Jeanne Dorle and for Western Carolina’s management and international business department,” said Kyle Carter, provost at Western. “In fact, it’s quite an honor for all of our faculty members at Western because we have excellent professors who deserve the recognition that a Fulbright brings. I know that this Fulbright award will enrich Dr. Dorle’s academic credentials and provide her with valuable cross-cultural experiences that she can share with our faculty and students. We hope that her time at the University of Quebec will lead to opportunities for our students and faculty to collaborate with their Canadian colleagues.”

Long regarded as the world’s premiere academic exchange program, the Fulbright attracts exceptional scholars from more than 150 countries worldwide. Among the fastest growing of the bilateral exchanges is the Canada-U.S. Fulbright Program. Named for former U.S. Sen. J. William Fulbright and supported by the Department of Foreign Affairs Canada and the U.S. Department of State, the Canada-U.S. Fulbright Program has engaged more than 600 scholars in high-level academic exchanges since 1990.