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Dr. Jeff Zimmerman NKU

March 29, 2023 - Dr. Jeff Zimmerman, an associate professor of Organizational Leadership at Northern Kentucky University, has been selected as a Fulbright U.S. Scholar for 2023-2024 to Hungary. He will engage with students and researchers at the University of Pécs in fall 2023. 

Dr. Zimmerman’s Fulbright Scholar Award will allow him to help university students develop and, with community members, apply essential cross-cultural leadership skills to local, real-world issues, particularly with immigrant adjustment challenges resulting from the war in Ukraine. 

“What really excites me about being selected as a U.S. Fulbright Scholar is not only being selected for such a prestigious award, but, more importantly, the chance to build bridges of mutual understanding between the students, faculty and community members at the University of Pécs and Northern Kentucky University,” Dr. Zimmerman said. “Despite the relevance of leadership to our everyday professional and personal lives, undergraduate and graduate programs in organizational leadership are surprisingly limited in both the USA and Europe. My participation in this project with a counterpart program at the University of Pécs, will also shine an important spotlight on the study of organizational leadership and its increasing relevance in the global marketplace.” 

Under the parameters of his Fulbright U.S. Scholar Award, Dr. Zimmerman will teach various organizational leadership topics within the undergraduate and graduate programs of the Faculty of Business and Economics at the University of Pécs, the oldest university in Hungary – dating back to 1367. He will also provide two leadership skill development workshops (LeaderLabs) within the University’s TalentSpot Program entitled, “Leading Effective Teams: Decision-Making and Communication Keys,” and “Leading with Psychological Safety to Drive Innovation.” 

Dr. Zimmerman has been at NKU since 2012. His research focuses on leadership development, cross-cultural leadership, expatriate adjustment, organizational change, organizational innovation and goal-setting, conflict resolution, teamwork, stress, the impostor phenomenon, uncertainty, and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). Accolades since coming to NKU include the 2014 PACE Faculty Award and the 2015 College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Junior Faculty Award. 

Sponsored by the United States government, The Fulbright Scholar Program is designed for the United States to build lasting connections with other countries through an educational exchange program. It allows scholars, artists, scientists, teachers and students the opportunity to study, teach, conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. 

To learn more about the Fulbright Scholar Program, visit this website. 

To find out more about the organizational leadership program at NKU, visit its webpage. 

About NKU: Founded in 1968, NKU is an entrepreneurial state university of over 16,000 students served by more than 2,000 faculty and staff on a thriving suburban campus nestled between Highland Heights, Kentucky and bustling downtown Cincinnati. We are a regionally engaged university committed to empowering our students to have fulfilling careers and meaningful lives. While we are one of the fastest-growing universities in Kentucky, our professors still know our students' names. For more information, visit