Professor of Social Media Marketing, Dr. Constantinos Coursaris This is not the first international engagement for Constantinos. He was the first Faculty to be appointed at Michigan State University Dubai in offering the Media Management concentration of the Media and Communication Technology program and participated in outreach activities focusing on high school students in the U.A.E. While on assignment, he implemented the use of social media and electronic advertising to engage both current and prospective students of Michigan State University Dubai, while also managing the university’s Web presence.

Constantinos also founded a study abroad program on Technology & Culture: Communication and Games” in Japan five years ago. The program exposes students to the latest industry research and application in the mobile communication and gaming industries. In its first year, he led 10 students to one company and several cultural site visits. Since then, Constantinos has grown the program and is taking 18 students to eight companies, three universities, and more than a dozen cultural sites across 10 cities every year.

His next project entails the inaugural Freshman Seminar to the United Arab Emirates next month, co-developed with Jim Lucas from the Office of the Provost for Undergraduate Education. Twelve students will be visiting one university, three companies, and a number of cultural sites in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Sharjah over 12 days exploring issues related to globalization and sustainability.

Most recently, Constantinos has been able to leverage this international network for producing scholarship in a cross-cultural context on issues pertaining to mobile and social media.

Constantinos was recently honored to have been invited to join the Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars. This is the third award in three years; his dedication to service-learning led to his course on I.T. Project Management receiving the ITERA Innovative Course Award at the 2009 ITERA Conference in Atlanta (note: ITERA is the International Telecommunication Education and Research Association). More recently, he received the Outstanding Faculty Award by MSU’s Senior Council for the academic year 2009-2010 for his commitment and achievements in undergraduate education.

He has also been consulted on Strategy, Marketing, and Technology matters by for-profit, non-profit, and Government organizations. Industry projects undertaken have involved Web development, Web content management, online marketing, social media marketing, and mobile commerce. Constantinos shares tips and resources on these topics via his Twitter account ‘DrCoursaris’.