Professor Emeritus, Author and Doctor, Shares Travels and Compelling Events in His Memoir, The Professors’ Tales: Work & Play in Foreign Lands


As Dr. McCollum remembers receiving mail from the United States Fulbright Program in Washington, two years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Dr. McCollum requested to go to Russia, unfortunately all positions were filled out and he was offered to teach in Romania instead. He was soon scheduled to teach classes at the Academy Study for Economy (ASE). After a long flight, on Sept. 23, 1991, Dr. McCollum and his wife had their first Fulbright orientation at the Embassy in Bucharest.


Dr. McCollum recalls, that he felt that he had a mission to help the Romanians. He had taught three university classes and 40 seminars ranging from two hours to five days with more than 1,000 students. Barbara had tutored English to numerous Romanians, consulted with several Romanian companies and had written business plans for some of them.


The Holistic Marketing Management Journal of the Romanian-American University recently awarded the prestigious HMM Diploma of Special Merit to “Dr. James K. McCollum, Professor Emeritus, University of Alabama in Huntsville, U.S.A., for various contributions in the field of Business and Talent Management on the occasion of RAU’s 30th anniversary. “Today, Dr. McCollum is recognized as one of RAU’s most beloved Visiting Professors.


Read the book to follow Dr. McCollum’s journey as they experience significant events that became history in various countries in Europe and some parts of the Middle East. Travel back in time and witness their achievements as it shows the Author/Professor’s efforts, dedication and the know-how to make work a pleasure, enjoy life as well as balancing quality family time. The book’s layout and presentation provide important information to the reader that surely captivates, beginning with the Preface and eighteen compelling chapters that don’t disappoint. So, own a copy.


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The Professors’ Tales: Work & Play In Foreign Lands (Book 1)

James and Barbara McCollum

Publisher: Your Online Publicist

Publication Date: August 2021

Genre: Memoir

Target Audience: Academics, students who like to do something new.


About the Author

The professor and his wife are described in the Preface in a first career of 20 years in the U.S. Army, followed by a second career in academia that started with a PhD from Virginia Tech. This was followed by five years at Auburn University and then a move to The University of Alabama at Huntsville. In both places, the Professors taught classes.

Then he got a Fulbright Scholarship to go to Romania. This led to him bringing Romanian managers to Huntsville and other trips for both to go to Romania to teach classes. Later, they taught classes at the Universities of Maryland, Maine, Black Sea, and Romanian-America.

He got the second Fulbright Scholarship to go to Romania in 2003 and he was teaching in Romanian-American University until 2017.