I am currently an Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Stout in Menomonie, WI. In the Department of Hospitality and Tourism I teach leadership and service management in our graduate and undergraduate programs. Since 1998 I have traveled to Buryatia three times, having the most wonderful adventures and learning a great deal about the area. Back here in the States, I have buried myself in books on Russian Caucasian and indigenous people’s history and culture, and have taken two Russian language courses at nearby universities.
On my third visit to Buryatia in the spring of 2002, I worked with women at the HopeCrisis Center in Ulan Ude to develop a proposal which we submitted to MamaCash and which has been funded. In working on that project I saw a great desire among my colleagues there at East-Siberian State Technological University (ESSTU), as well as in the students, to gain skills and knowledge necessary to initiate more grass roots projects and follow them through to fruition. It became clear to me that I could be of great service there through teaching leadership and the management of services at ESSTU; this Fulbright appointment will enable me to do exactly that. Tentatively we are planning for me to lecture not only at the main campus in Ulan Ude, but at branch campuses in rural Buryatia and Chita, as well as in Ulan Baataar. I am excited to be part of building solid and functional partnerships with my colleagues in Buryatia, and to be able to expand my own understanding of leadership and service management in response to what I learn from colleagues and students at ESSTU and from the additional adventures I am sure to have while there!
My own web site is http://www.uwstout.edu/chd/hosptour/faculty/brouwerl