Walsh College Welcomes Returning Fulbright Scholar Gilkey

Susan J. Gilkey, Ph.D., associate professor and clinical faculty member, Management, Walsh College, has returned to campus after service late last year as a Fulbright Scholar at the Ecole de Gouvernance et d’Economie in Rabat, Morocco.

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government. It is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the U.S. and the people of other countries.

Since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided the opportunity for students, scholars, teachers, artists, and scientists to study, teach, and conduct research, exchange ideas, and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.

Dr. Gilkey’s primary lecture focus during her month-long tenure in Morocco in 2014 was cross-cultural leadership behaviors. At Walsh, she has taught classes at the master and undergraduate levels in subject areas such as ethics, leadership, strategic management, foundations of international business, and production and operations management.

“The student population in Morocco is very diverse, with French, Spanish, and Arabic influences,” said Dr. Gilkey, Walsh’s fourth Fulbright Scholar. “The students enjoyed our engagement in the topic of leadership. It was also rewarding to meet with doctoral students to discuss their research topics and tools.”

She added that there was particular interest in the relationships between manufacturing, agriculture, and the service sectors.

Dr. Gilkey sought the position in Morocco as a capstone to a lifetime of global travels. “All of those experiences have been helpful in providing a relevant, contemporary context to global business practices here at Walsh,” she said.

Dr. Gilkey holds three degrees: a Bachelor of Arts in Management and organizational development from Spring Arbor University; an Master of Science in Administration from Central Michigan University; and a doctorate in organizational psychology from Capella University.

Prior to joining the Walsh faculty, Dr. Gilkey spent more than 27 years in the automotive industry at General Motors (GM), as well as organizational consulting experiences in executive assessments and career transition consulting.

In product development at GM, she served as an interior appearance engineer, executive business manager, strategic business planner, prototype studio manager, and vehicle architecture coordinator.

Dr. Gilkey also instructed on organizational training topics such as change management, benchmarking, process evaluation and improvement, problem resolution, and team building.

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