CANTON — Scott Waalkes will be learning and teaching
in the Middle East next year.
The Malone College associate
professor of international politics won a
Fulbright Scholarship to study and teach at the University of Bahrain. His
wife, Michele, and their three children will join Waalkes on his global
adventure to get a taste of Islamic culture in what he calls a hospitable place.
“They’re excited,” Waalkes said of his family. “My wife and I have talked
about this for many years, especially the travel and spending time in another
culture. We feel strongly this is a chance for us to understand better and
communicate a positive American presence.”
During the next school year, Waalkes will talk with government officials
as well as civic and business leaders to find out if there is a connection
between Bahrain’s economic and political change as part of his research. He
feels spending a year in Bahrain will make him a better teacher.
“My students are more impressed by experience than by degrees or
dissertations,” Waalkes said in a news release from Malone. “Living
experience in Bahrain will increase my effectiveness in teaching about the
Middle East and international cooperation.”
Waalkes wants to enhance international studies at Malone and create a
study center on world affairs. He and his family will leave Ohio in August
for the 10-month stay in Bahrain.