EDMOND — When David and Carol Hartman left for Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, in September, they had an outline for the work they would be doing during the five months they spent there.
Once they were in the country, though, their roles expanded well beyond that plan.
David, a professor in the University of Central Oklahoma's Information Systems and Operations Management department, served as a visiting instructor and consultant at the University of Business and Technology in Jeddah, as a part of the U.S. State Department's Fulbright Program.
The two were in Saudi Arabia from September until early March.
During that time, David taught three courses in the university's Master of Business Administration program — two sections for men and a section for women.
His courses dealt with decision science, or the factors that play into decision-making, he said.
The university is relatively young, and officials are looking for examples of institutions and countries that already have successful programs in place.
Although most of the university's faculty members were Saudi, nearly all of them had gone to graduate school in the United States, he said.
Teaching female students in the United States is markedly different from teaching Saudi women, he said.
Whereas women in an American graduate-level program may be a range of ages, his students in Jeddah were all between 25 and 35 years old, he said.