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College of Business Associate Professor of Marketing Colin Gabler Receives Fulbright U.S. Scholar Award to Hungary for Teaching & Research Collaboration

The U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board announced earlier this month that Colin Gabler of Ohio University’s College of Business has received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program award to Hungary in Business & Economics. Gabler, who holds a doctorate (Ph.D) in marketing from the University of Alabama, will conduct consumer decision-making research and teach a cutting-edge sales management course at the University of Pécs.

The Fulbright will allow Gabler to nurture and grow one Ohio University’s oldest and strongest international partnerships by engaging faculty, students, and the Pécs community. It will also provide the opportunity to advance critical marketing research with ethical implications for businesses while adapting his innovative teaching style to Hungarian students.

“Over the years we’ve built a very strong relationship with the University of Pécs,” said Hugh Sherman, dean of the College of Business at Ohio University. “We’re obviously very proud that Colin has been selected for this prestigious opportunity, and equally excited for him to build on our longstanding partnership with faculty in Pécs.”

Gabler is one of over 800 U.S. citizens who will teach, conduct research, and/or provide expertise abroad for the 2020-2021 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program. Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement, as well as record of service and demonstrated leadership in their respective fields.

“Colin is an outstanding researcher, but also a gifted teacher,” added Sherman. “He’s an excellent representative of our college’s faculty.”

The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program and is designed to build lasting connections between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.  The Fulbright Program is funded through an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations, and foundations around the world also provide direct and indirect support to the Program, which operates in over 160 countries worldwide.

Since its establishment in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late U.S. Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright Program has given more than 390,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists, and professionals of all backgrounds and fields the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas, and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.

Fulbrighters address critical global challenges in all disciplines, while building relationships, knowledge, and leadership in support of the long-term interests of the United States. Fulbright alumni have achieved distinction in many fields, including 59 who have been awarded the Nobel Prize, 84 who have received Pulitzer Prizes, and 37 who have served as a head of state or government.

Gabler, who also serves as director of the college’s Center for International Business Education & Development (CIBED) recently shared his excitement for the opportunity to be a part of the Fulbright community. “I’m truly honored to have been selected as a Fulbright Scholar and represent the United States, Ohio University, and OHIO’s College of Business,” he said. “It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity and I can’t wait to get started on this amazing journey.” 

March 10, 2020
Staff reports