Russ Willis, a management and human resources professor of practice at The University of Southern Mississippi, spent his spring break as a guest lecturer at Keele University, located just outside Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, England.
Willis offered instruction to Keele students who are majoring in Human Resources Management. In addition to being in the classroom, he visited with students informally. Willis called the experienced “fantastic,” noting that he met and interacted with faculty and students from across the world.
“Keele University is quite international in its orientation. I met students from the UK, of course, but also students from China, Thailand, Germany, Kenya, Nigeria, Zambia, Ireland, and the United States,” said Willis. “Keele University is comprehensive in nature so there are many academic areas from which our students can choose, and they get to study in a beautiful setting in one of the most interesting and dynamic countries in the world. I highly encourage the Keele experience for any Southern Miss student who is considering studying abroad.”
The trip was planned through USM’s Center for International Education and its counterparts at Keele University. Willis said that his invitation to lecture served to further the relationship between USM and Keele as the two universities have an already established exchanged program.
Dr. Faye Gilbert, Dean of the College of Business, points out that USM is one of 49 universities worldwide with which Keele University has partnered to provide their students with an international experience.
“Whenever a faculty member is invited to present at another institution, it is a huge honor,” said Gilbert. “When a faculty member is invited to present, globally, it reinforces the relevance of the lessons that faculty member provides here to our students as well. Russ Willis is an amazing resource for Southern Miss students. It is wonderful that his expertise is also recognized abroad.”