PULLMAN, Wash. — Washington State University economics professor Robert Rosenman will soon travel to Poland on a Fulbright Senior Specialists grant.

For two weeks in March, Rosenman will work with faculty members of Warsaw University’s Department of Economics to assess and develop an “Economics of the Firm” curriculum. The coursework will allow Polish students to learn how industries are organized and regulated, and prepare them to address other difficult issues faced by firms and their regulators.

The three-year-old Fulbright Senior Specialist grant program complements the well-known 57-year-old Fulbright Scholar program, which sends American academics and professionals around the world to teach and research from three months to a year and brings scholars to American institutions, as well.

The Senior Specialist program provides shorter-term grants of typically two to six weeks, allowing grantees to focus on activities like teacher training, developing and assessing curricula for educational materials, leading seminars and workshops, and conducting needs assessments and survey research.

Rosenman joined WSU in 1983 after earning his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Minnesota the previous year. He received a Master of Arts in economics in 1977 and Bachelor of Arts in economics and political science in 1975 from the University of Pennsylvania.

Rosenman researches all areas of health economics, recently concentrating on production efficiency and the relationship between costs, structure and quality. He recently worked on a project analyzing the cost effectiveness of the use of artificial hearts, and has been studying physician practice management. His recent publications have appeared in such journals as Health Economics and Health Care Management Science. In the classroom, Rosenman teaches Principles of Economics, Applied Microeconomics, and Econometrics.

In addition to research and teaching, Rosenman directs the economics’ graduate program in the College of Business and Economics, and has served as a reviewer for a variety of economics and business journals. In the summer of 2002, he was a visiting professor at Khon Kaen University in Thailand. Rosenman’s complete vita is available at www.cbe.wsu.edu/~rosenman.

Rosenman is the sixth Fulbright Senior Specialist to be named from WSU; three of the six have been from the College of Business and Economics. Seven professors in the college have been Fulbright Scholars. According to the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (which administers the Fulbright programs from its Washington, D.C., offices), since 1990, 33 faculty and staff from WSU have been Fulbright Scholars (some more than once), and 34 international scholars have come to WSU.