A distinguished executive staff member of Concordia University Texas will teach and advance his research in Spain after being named a Fulbright Senior Scholar by the U.S. Department of State.
Shane Sokoll, who is chief strategy officer and vice president of strategic planning and quality improvement, will be teaching classes as well as continuing his research on organizational leadership at the Universidad de La Laguna in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain, during the 2018- 2019 academic year.
Sokoll holds both an MBA and a PhD and is one of two first-ever Fulbright Scholars to be asked to serve at Universidad de La Laguna. While there, Sokoll will teach classes across several courses in the College of Economics, Business and Tourism.
“I have a love for international collaboration,” Sokoll said. “That’s at the core of why I wanted to do this.”
He hopes to inspire a high level of experiential learning among his students.
“I’m big on how you can use class projects and turn them into actual practitioner-type experiences,” Sokoll said. “Our learning will be facilitated based on this pedagogical method.”
Besides teaching classes to undergraduate students, and leading lectures for graduate and PhD classes, Sokoll will be conducting scientific research.
“A component of my research agenda focuses on servant leadership,” he said. “It shows how this relationship-based leadership approach influences employee commitment. As Concordia works on achieving our vision of being a premier university, there’s a component of ongoing research that needs to take place among us as faculty.”
Sokoll was previously a professor in the College of Business and Communications, where he served as the director of human resource management of academic programs and taught traditional, adult hybrid and online courses. He also served as an Academic Center Director, and led 300 adult students with majors in business, healthcare administration, criminal justice, human resource management and behavioral science.
The Fulbright Program, overseen by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs, aims to increase mutual understanding between people of the United States and people of other countries. The program itself is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government. 380,000 Fulbrighters (faculty, administrators, practitioners and students) have participated in the program since its inception in 1946. Concordia’s last Fulbright Senior Scholar was Debra Allen in 2003. 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.
Sokoll’s wife and two children will be accompanying him on his journey, which begins in January 2019.
Fulbrighters address critical global priorities 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 57 who have been awarded the Nobel Prize, 82 who have received Pulitzer Prizes and 37 who have served as a head of state or government.