Faculty Enhancement Program

Deepening Asian Studies in the Liberal Arts
Seminars in Asia

funded by the
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Program Overview

Japan Seminar 2016
Indonesia Seminar 2017 Co-Directors Search
Program Details

With funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, ASIANetwork will provide faculty from member institutions the opportunity to apply to participate in a faculty enhancement program to facilitate the study of a country in Asia which lies outside their primary range of expertise. The ASIANetwork Faculty Enhancement Program (ANFEP) will offer seminars over a four-year period beginning in 2014 for Asia and non-Asia specialists at sites in India, Thailand, Japan and Indonesia. Although faculty members may apply to more than one seminar, they may participate, if chosen, in only one. In order to apply for an ANFEP award, the applicant’s home institution must have been an institutional member of ASIANetwork for at least the year preceding the application. Should one become a recipient of an ANFEP award, the faculty member’s institution must, at a minimum, continue to maintain its membership in ASIANetwork through the year following the award period. Applications from all disciplinary interests are invited. Non-Asia specialists may apply for any country not a part of their current teaching focus. Asia specialists may apply for countries not in their primary area of expertise.

The ASIANetwork Faculty Enhancement Program (ANFEP) study-travel seminar will consist of structured workshops directed by a country expert held at three different times over a one-year period: prior to departure, in-country, and after returning to the United States. During these workshops, faculty will discuss their scholarly and pedagogical goals and gains for presenting the country of focus within the liberal arts and on their home campuses.

Outcomes of these seminars will include new Asia material for existing courses, the development of new courses on Asia, and reenergized careers for both Asia and non-Asia faculty. Additional Asia courses and the more broadly Asia-focused research agendas of the participating faculty will help sustain and deepen the study of Asia on their liberal arts campuses. Beyond impacting their own institutions, returning faculty will comprise a cohort of newly-trained scholar-teachers with interests and enhanced knowledge about India, Thailand, Japan and Indonesia that will allow them to act as resources to ASIANetwork institutions through the ASIANetwork Consultancy Program. Junior faculty and Assistant Professors are encouraged to apply.

Projected Timetable

Past Timetable

Program Director

Ronnie Littlejohn, Belmont University

Program Details

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation granting mission is to strengthen and sustain institutions and their core capacities, rather than be a source for narrowly defined projects. As such, they develop thoughtful, long-term collaborations with grant recipients and invest sufficient funds for an extended period to accomplish the purpose at hand and achieve meaningful results.

ASIANetwork, a consortium of approximately 150 North American colleges, strives to strengthen the role of Asian Studies within the framework of liberal arts education to help prepare succeeding generations of undergraduates for a world in which Asian societies play prominent roles.