Faculty Profile

Alexander Akulli, Ph.D.

Adjunct Faculty and Doctoral Faculty Advisor



Dr. Alex Akulli is an engaged "glocal" scholar and practitioner. He has two decades of progressive experience in international education program development and administration, project management, and community development. He has contributed numerous peer-reviewed academic and practitioner presentations at several national and international conferences. He has served as a reviewer for several publication journals, academic and practitioner conferences, and prestigious scholarship programs such as the Fulbright Program, Thomas Jefferson Scholarship Program, YEAR Program, Benjamin Gilman Scholarship Program, etc. He has led and hosted education export missions and has served in leadership, teaching, and consulting capacity in multiple countries across Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Europe. At Franklin University, Dr. Akulli serves on the Doctoral Teaching and Advising Faculty. He teaches Quantitative Research Methods, advises doctoral students, chairs doctoral dissertations, and serves on dissertation committees.


His academic portfolio includes advising and mentoring students and scholars, teaching graduate and undergraduate courses, research and publications, guest lecturing, and conference presentations. Dr. Akulli has designed and taught courses face-to-face and online, both at the graduate and undergraduate levels. A selection of courses taught includes Quantitative Research Methods, Business Analysis, Business Ethics, Scientific Writing, Comparative International Higher Education, and the Study Abroad Experience.

Dr. Akulli received his Ph.D. degree in Higher, Adult, & Lifelong Education from Michigan State University, where he also engaged in a year-long doctoral internship, specializing in faculty and organizational development. Dr. Akulli received his Master of Arts Degree in Counseling from Cornerstone University, and a Postgraduate Certificate in Strategic Management (MBA major courses) from Davenport University. Dr. Akulli severs as President of Fulbright Association of South Carolina and on several not-for-profit boards.


Michigan State University (East Lansing, Michigan)
Doctor of Philosophy, Higher Education & Lifelong Education
Cornstone University (Grand Rapids Charter Township, Michigan)
Master of Arts, Counseling
Cornstone University (Grand Rapids Charter Township, Michigan)
Master of Arts, New Testament Studies
Kuyper College (Grand Rapids, Michigan)
Bachelor of Science in Business Leadership, Bible and Theology


Online Teaching Certification Course, University of South Carolina
Post Graduate Certificate, Davenport University

Work Experience

2021 - Present
Franklin University, Adjunct Faculty & Doctoral Faculty Advisor
2020 - Present
Akulli & Associates LLC, Senior Consultant, Ohio
2020 - Present
Landshut University of Applied Sciences, Visiting Lecturer, School of Business, Bavaria
2016 - 2020
University of South Carolina Upstate, Director of Center for International Studies, Spartanburg, South Carolina
2016 - 2016
University of Lynchburg, Faculty Member, School of Education, Lynchburg, Virginia
2015 - 2015
University of Lynchburg, Project Manager for the Yemeni Youth Development Program, Lynchburg, Virginia
2014 - 2014
University of Lynchburg, Project Director for the Saudi Young Leaders Exchange Program, Lynchburg, Virginia
2012 - 2016
University of Lynchburg, Director of Center for Global Education, Lynchburg, Virginia
2007 - 2011
Davenport University, Senior International and Study Abroad Adviser, Grand Rapids, Michigan
2004 - 2011
Davenport University, Faculty Member, College of Business, and College of Arts and Science, Grand Rapids, Michigan
2003 - 2007
Davenport University, Career and Education Adviser, Grand Rapids, Michigan
2001 - 2006
Spectrum Health Hospital, Chaplain, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Professional Service

Fulbright Association
(South Carolina)