The University of St. Francis (USF) community welcomes its Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence, who will join the university community for the 2012-13 academic year. Marcelo Arze of Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia, is a professional committed to environmental conservation and local development. He will teach in USF’s Department of Recreation, Sport & Tourism Management as well as provide expertise to the Joliet and Will County communities.
Arze received his graduate degree from Los Andes Business School in 1998. He taught for seven years at universities in Bolivia while also working–most recently as the nature tourism and ecotourism manager of the Fundaciόn Amigos de la Naturaleza in Santa Cruz de la Sierra and as coordinator of Bolivia’s national ecotourism committee.
Arze comes to USF through a grant from the United States Department of State’s prestigious Fulbright Commission, which places foreign scholars at American universities for one year. He, along with his wife and three children, will arrive in Joliet in early August.
Arze has developed several community-based ecotourism initiatives that are considered to be the best in Bolivia and have been used as international models. He has experience in destination management and planning, environmental interpretation, nature tourism impact management, protected areas planning and tourism strategies, nature tourism marketing and national ecotourism policy.
While at USF, Arze will teach two courses per semester and develop and teach a new course in spring of 2013.
Arze’s Fulbright commitment will also reach beyond the university campus. He will be working with local leaders of community organizations to provide expertise on sustainable tourism and cultural awareness.