Management Professor Kamal Fatehi Recognized for Supporting International Education

KENNESAW, Ga. | Apr 23, 2018

Coles Alumni Also Earn Awards

Dr. Kamal Fatehi, Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship in the Michael J. Coles College of Business, this month received the Kennesaw State University Sheth Distinguished Faculty Award for International Achievement.

Presented by the Division of Global Affairs, the award recognizes members of the full-time faculty who promote international perspectives through their teaching, research, and service, and who encourage students to become responsible global citizens. Fatehi received the Distinguished Faculty Award at the Division’s fifth annual International Achievement Awards, held April 14 at the Marietta Country Club.

Dr. Kamal Fatehi, Distinguished Faculty Award

“I am very pleased and humbled to receive this award,” Fatehi says. “It is a great honor for me to be recognized for my international achievements in teaching, research, and service.”

Fatehi’s passion for thinking globally has found its way into all aspects of his nearly 40-year career in education. He has earned six separate Fulbright Awards, including a current award that sees him working as a Fulbright Specialist with Sultan Hassan II University in Morocco. Last year, he traveled to Uzbekistan as a Fulbright Scholar with Tashkent Financial Institute.

Much of Fatehi’s scholarly research is on sociopolitical risk and foreign direct investment, which earned him a research award from Wichita State University, and has formed the foundation for most of his later work. Fatehi has received additional research awards from California State University and Kennesaw State. He also sits on the editorial boards of 11 international academic journals, and publishes three college textbooks used by universities around the world.

One of Fatehi’s career highlights happened shortly after the fall of communism in Russia. The U.S. Department of State financed an assignment in Moscow where he worked with the Russian Privatization Center. Since then, he has maintained a relationship with the State Department, having received more than $2 million in State Department grants to host international graduate and undergraduate students.

In addition to his academic work, Fatehi is closely involved in the Marietta Rotary Club International’s global effort to eradicate Polio. The organization recognized him as a Paul Harris Fellow in honor of his contributions.

Dr. Robin Cheramie, Chair of the Michael J. Coles College of Business Department of Management and Entrepreneurship, says Fatehi’s award is a testament to his strength as an educator.

“Dr. Fatehi is strongly committed to helping our students understand International Management,” she says. “His International Management expertise is exemplified by his research and many Fulbright Awards.”

The International Achievement Awards were established in 2014 thanks to a donation by the Madhuri and Jagdish N. Sheth Family Foundation. Each year the Division of Global Affairs recognizes a Kennesaw State faculty, alumnus, and community partner that embodies the University’s internationalization goals. They also honor global public servants and award education abroad scholarships to current students.

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The Recipients of the 2018 International Achievement Awards

Fatehi is not the only award recipient this year affiliated with Coles College. The Sheth Distinguished Alumni Award was shared by Coles College alumni Daniela Carvajalino and Stephanie Carvajalino, and by Humanities and Social Sciences alumnus Karen Carvajalino. The three sisters founded The Biz Nation, an online learning platform that teaches marketable skills, entrepreneurship and financial education to Latin American Students.

“We are very pleased to recognize these distinguished honorees who, each in their own way, have made significant contributions to global education,” said Dr. Lance Askildson, Kennesaw State’s Vice-Provost and Chief International Officer, at the awards ceremony. “The awards, like the Sheth Distinguished Alumni Award recognizing the work and accomplishments of talented international alumni like the Carvajalino sisters, are indicative of the level of passion and commitment that is pervasive in our extended campus community.”

Kamal Fatehi with Lance Askildson

Dr. Kamal Fatehi (Right) with Dr. Lance Askildson, Chief International Officer

-Patrick Harbin

Photos by Anna Barnes

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