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Faculty Image Udo Fluck
Office: International Center 111
Phone: (406) 243-5585
Fax: (406) 243-6194
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Current Position:

Director, Global Gateway

Adjunct Faculty, Cross-Cultural and Global Competence Research, Course Development and Training


Dr. Udo Fluck is a German born cross-cultural researcher, curriculum developer and faculty member. He uses an interactive, award-winning instructional approach to cross-cultural and global competence building.

Seminars are offered through Global Gateway which he directs, developing partnerships with the UM campus, Missoula businesses, K-12 schools, and community organizations, promoting cultural awareness and global competence to participants.

Global Gateway has provided over 350 seminars and education events since 2003, showing a record growth in 2014, with over 100 seminars provided.

Born and raised in Wiesbaden, Germany, where he completed primary and secondary school, Dr. Fluck received his bachelor’s in journalism (1993), master’s degrees in media management (1995), master’s degree in education (1999), and his doctorate degree (2003) from the University of Montana.

Dr. Fluck’s doctoral research served as the foundation for the development of a cross-cultural and global competence program at UM, which he initiated in 2003. For the past 15 years, as an instructor-at-large, he has taught courses, in Germany and the US, ranging from 100-intro-level to 600-graduate in Germany and at UM.

In addition, he maintains an active, nationally recognized research program. His research results in pedagogy, instructional design and course development have been published in several peer–reviewed academic journals in recent years.  While he has published primarily as a lead author over the years, he has also collaborated with colleagues and researchers from other US universities on scholarly articles since the mid 90´s.

Furthermore, Dr. Fluck is the invited first author for a chapter in a nationwide publication, endorsed by the American Council on Education and is part of the American Council on Education Series on Higher Education. On a countrywide level, he has been a plenary speaker and panelist at over a dozen national conferences.

Office Hours:

Wednesday, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. and Thursday, 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Research Interests:

International & Global Studies, Cultural Studies, Multicultural & Global Competence Training, Cross-Cultural Management, Curriculum Development and Instructional Design


On average, Dr. Fluck developed one new course per year, during the past decade, ranging from 100-intro-level to 600-graduate level courses. As a result, he has taught a variety of classes over the years in the Department of Geography, Department of Anthropology, the School of Business Administration, the Davidson
Honors College, the College of Education and Human Sciences and UM’s Summer Film Institute.

These courses were previously offered on campus:

Cultural Adaptation (100-intro level) previously Introduction to the U.S. (100-intro level)
Global Issues & Cultural Perspectives (100-intro level)
Global Hot Spots (300-level, upper division undergraduate)
Globalization and the Intercultural Workplace (300-level upper division undergraduate)
Study Abroad Culture Prep (300-level)
Cultural Savvy Through Film (400-level, upper division undergraduate)
Cultural and Global Competence (400-level, upper division undergraduate)
Cross-Cultural Management (400-level, upper division undergraduate/graduate)
Managing Across Cultural and Ethical Borders (600-level graduate course)


Dr. Fluck enjoys cooking, photography, skiing and classical music.


Ph.D. (Individualized Interdisciplinary Program, IIP)
Multicultural Education and Online Technology, 2003
The University of Montana

M.Ed. Instructional Media Technology, 1999
The University of Montana

M.I.S. International Media Management, 1995
The University of Montana

B.A. Journalism, 1993
The University of Montana


Member, Association of International Educators (NAFSA)

Member, Association for the Advancement of International Education (AAIE)

Member, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)

Member, Global Studies Association (GSA)

Member, Association for Cultural Studies (ACS)

Member, The National Council for Geographic Education (NCGE)

Member, Montana World Affairs Council, (MWAC)

Professional Experience:

In the late 90’s, Dr. Fluck went back to Europe to work as a media consultant and
faculty member to develop and implement a media department at an International Business
School in Germany.  He returned to the United States to complete his doctorate
degree, and in 2003 was awarded a Ph.D., with an emphasis in multicultural
educational training and instructional technology from his alma mater.

Since 2003, he held the following professional positions at the University of Montana.

Global Gateway, Office of International Programs (OIP), University of Montana
September 2013 - ongoing

Multicultural Learning Solutions (MLS), Office of International Programs (OIP), University of Montana
September 2003 - September 2013 

Adjunct Faculty
School of Business Administration
Department of Marketing and Management, University of Montana, 2004 - ongoing


International Experience:

Dr. Fluck has traveled extensively in Germany, Switzerland, Italy, France, Spain, England, Belgium, Holland, Canada, Mexico, and of course the U.S.

Selected Publications:

Since the mid-90’s, Dr. Fluck has been the author, co-author and presenter of numerous research studies and presenter at national and international conferences in the fields of education and business. He is a published author, with research studies in the Journal of Global Business and the Journal of Teaching in International Business. While he has presented and published primarily as a lead author in recent years, Dr. Fluck has also collaborated with colleagues and researchers from his Alma Mater, as well as from other US universities, on scholarly articles.

2014       Cross-Cultural Skill-Building, two, four-hour seminar, at the Montana Education Association and the Montana Federation of Teachers annual conference held in Missoula, in October. The two seminars were a compressed version of the 16-hour Global Competence Summer Academy, facilitated by Fluck in June 2014.

2014       Window to the World: Infusing Global Competence into Your Curriculum” at the Montana Business Education Association sectional at the Montana Association of Career and Technical Education fall conference, Missoula, October, 2014. Lead presenter: Sandra Williams, associate professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, co-presenter: Udo Fluck.

2009     International Students: Strengthening a Critical Recourse, Chapter 7 ‘Social Support’, American Council on Education, Rowman and Littlefield Publishing Group Inc., MA, USA, 2009. First author: Udo Fluck.

2009     Association of Marketing Theory & Practice (AMTP) research paper accepted for publication in refereed conference proceedings of the annual conference, Jekyll Island, Georgia, March 2009, titled: Including Ethics in the Business Curriculum.  First author and presenter: Nader H. Shooshtari, second author: Udo Fluck, third author Jack Reece, Cleveland State University.

2007     The Journal of Global Business, (Best Paper Award) research paper accepted for publication, titled: The Positive Effect of Online Learning Technologies on the Dimensions of Global-indedness in International Business Students, Volume 18, Number 36, Fall 2007. First author: Udo Fluck, co-authors: Nader H. Shooshtari and Shawn F. Clouse

2007     Journal of Teaching in International Business, research paper accepted for publication, titled: Reducing Ethnocentrism in International Business Students., Volume 18, Number 2 & 3, 2007.  First author: Udo Fluck, co-authors: Nader H. Shooshtari and Shawn F. Clouse

2007     Association of Marketing Theory & Practice (AMTP), research paper accepted for publication in refereed conference proceedings of the annual conference, Panama City, Florida, March 2007, titled: Incorporating the Theory and Practice of the Multiple Intelligence Approach to Enhance Student Learning. First author: Udo Fluck, co-authors: Nader H. Shooshtari and Shawn F. Clouse

2006     Journal of International Business Education, research paper submitted for publication consideration titled: Enhancing Global-Mindedness in International Business Students Using an Online Multicultural Supplement (status: withdrawn, November 2006) First author: Udo Fluck, co-authors: Nader H. Shooshtari and Shawn F. Clouse

2005     Association of Marketing Theory & Practice (AMTP), research paper accepted for publication in refereed conference proceedings of the annual conference, Jekyll Island, Georgia, March 2005, titled: The Dynamic Business School Environment - International Education at The University of Montana - The Theory and Practice of Multicultural Training.  First author and presenter: Udo Fluck, co-authors: Maureen J. Fleming, Nader H. Shooshtari and Shawn F. Clouse

Languages Known:

  • English - native/bilingual proficiency
  • German - native/bilingual proficiency