Thomas Cairns, DBA, associate professor in the School of Business and Management at Azusa Pacific University, received a prestigious Fulbright Scholarship for the 2013–14 school year.

Cairns will teach undergraduate business courses and a graduate leadership module at National University of Ireland, Maynooth.

“My Fulbright award allows me to live a longtime dream—teach in the homeland of my grandparents,” Cairns said. “Sharing my U.S. business experience with students in Ireland represents a significant opportunity for cross-cultural learning and exchange. In addition, this opportunity will enhance my teaching in the Master of Arts in Management program at APU.”

Along with Cheryl Westlake Canary, RN, Ph.D., ACNS-BC, APU professor and associate dean of international and community programs, Cairns is 1 of approximately 1,200 U.S. faculty and professionals who will travel abroad this year through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program.

Cairns holds a Doctorate of Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University in Florida. Prior to his position at APU, Cairns served as senior vice president of human resources for NBC Universal and NBC entertainment and as chief human capital officer, a presidential appointment, for Homeland Security under Presidents George W. Bush and Barrack Obama.

Since its establishment in 1946 under legislation by the late Senator J. William Fulbright, the Fulbright Program has provided approximately 318,000 people with the opportunity to observe others’ political, economic, educational, and cultural institutions, to exchange ideas, and to embark on international ventures of importance. The program operates in 155 countries worldwide.