Dr. Jim Fullerton is an Associate Professor of Management and Leadership Development in the School of Business and Public Management at the College of Coastal Georgia.He received his Ph.D. in Human Sciences from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and Bachelor’s degree in Journalism (advertising) from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. During his doctoral program, he was an editorial assistant for the Adult Education Quarterly.He has attended over 60 conferences in 25 states and four countries, and has published numerous articles in journals and conference proceedings.
At his previous job as the Leadership Program Director at Idaho State University, he developed a Minor in Leadership Studies in collaboration with their College of Business and their College of Arts and Sciences.Based on the design for this minor, ISU was selected as one of 14 schools (from a pool of over 100 colleges that applied) to participate in the National Leadership Education Project, which was held at the University of Colorado. With funding support from the Ford Foundation, the goal of the NLEP was to identify best practices and support the development of academic leadership programs throughout the United States.Many of these practices are now being applied at the College of Coastal Georgia.
Dr. Fullerton is a third generation educator who believes in learning through experience. He incorporates active learning in all of his courses. His experience encompasses many work settings, including white collar (office and management positions), blue collar (construction), brown collar (UPS delivery driver), and no collar (raft guide and adventure trip leader). His work experience also includes being an Assistant Dean of Students, lobbying at the state and federal levels, assisting with federal grant money allocation, and chairing a public library fundraising campaign that purchased a bookmobile.
Jim has visited 30 countries on four continents, and has backpacked and climbed in the Alps, Andes, and Himalayas. He has led adventure trips throughout the United States and in Mexico, Ecuador, and Nepal. He was on the founding board of directors for the Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education (AORE), and was its second president. He received the AORE leadership award after organizing and hosting their 1997 conference at the Universidad de Yucatan in Merida, Mexico.He is a member of the American Alpine Club, and he and his wife Sara are judges for the annual National Outdoor Book Awards.