Purdue Calumet professor awarded Fulbright Specialists grant

Dolores Rinke, a Purdue University Calumet professor of accounting from Burr Ridge, Ill., recently returned from Turkey after receiving a Fulbright Specialist Program Award to teach this spring at Hacettepe University in Ankara.

The Fulbright Specialist Program promotes linkages through education-focused programming between United States academics/professionals and their counterparts at overseas universities/institutions. The program awards grants for recipients to engage from two to six weeks in projects that strengthen and support developmental needs of host institutions.

While in Turkey, Rinke taught classes on International Financial Reporting Standards at the graduate level, lectured to finance professionals and provided the keynote address to the Turkish Finance Society at its annual meeting in Izmir. She also visited several governmental agencies and met with the President of the Court of Accounts.

Dolores Rinke presenting at Turkish Finance Society

“A special pleasure was joining the faculty daily at lunchtime to exchange thoughts, ideas, concerns and hopes,” Rinke said. “A particular highlight for me was being able to gain insight as to how Turkish citizens felt about the evolving political environment.”

Rinke is among more than 400 U.S. faculty and professionals who will have traveled abroad this year through the Fulbright Specialist Program. Recipients of Fulbright Specialist awards are selected by the J. William Fulbright Scholarship Board on the basis of academic or professional achievement.

A Purdue Calumet faculty member since 1987, Rinke holds a baccalaureate degree from Walsh (Mich.) College and MBA and doctoral degrees from Northern Illinois University.