Professor to head abroad for stint as Fulbright Scholar

Tim Hatten, Mesa State College business professor

Mesa State College business professor Tim Hatten received a Fulbright Scholar grant to teach entrepreneurship to Danish students at Niels Brock Copenhagen Business College.

Hatten will teach in Denmark’s capitol this September through November. In addition to teaching classes in English, he will work with a business incubator at Niels Brock for aspiring business owners.

This is the second time Hatten received a grant to teach abroad through the Fulbright teacher exchange program. He received his first Fulbright grant in 2001 and taught at Reykjavik University in Iceland.

Hatten also, without Fulbright funding, spent two months teaching in an area of Russia east of Siberia and led Mesa State students on a tour of six Chinese cities.

“I like to go abroad as often as possible,” he said, adding he returned from his trip to Russia “with such a different perspective on what we take for granted and how environmental factors can impact starting a business.”

Fulbright posts openings at schools each spring. Hatten had his eye on a post in Vienna, Austria, but was turned down. Two weeks later, he was asked to come to Denmark, an invitation he readily accepted.

“I find Scandinavians very intriguing and engaging people. There’s a lot of rugged individualism in Scandinavia that we find on the Western Slope,” Hatten said.

The 16-year veteran of Mesa State said he plans to keep traveling the globe, and he would like his next international teaching experience to be in India.

“I desperately need at least one big adventure every year,” he said.


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