College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Development Opportunities for Non-CEAS Faculty


Attention Professional School and STEM faculty:

Would you like to go to East Asia for the first time?

Would you be willing to share new knowledge of East Asia in your courses?

The Center for East Asian Studies is offering two $2500 grants for travel to East Asia (China, Japan, Korea, and/or Mongolia) to conduct research for curriculum development. The trips must be at least two weeks long and completed before August 15, 2014. We are seeking applicants who are not East Asian specialists and prefer applicants who have never been to East Asia. This is a one-time program funded by our current Title VI National Resource Center grant.

The goal of this program is to provide professional school faculty or faculty in STEM fields outside of East Asian studies with an introduction to East Asia that will result in the addition of East Asian dimensions to curricula where East Asia is not currently represented. The recipients of the grants will develop new East Asia-related course content (such as a curricular unit, teaching materials, set of student projects, etc.), provide CEAS with a copy of or information about this content, and commit to using it in at least one class offered on a regular basis. Each recipient will also give a presentation on his/her East Asia experience for the CEAS “Tea and Talk” series next fall.

Application materials:

1. Narrative proposal:  A description of the project to be completed, where in East Asia it will be completed, and an explanation of how it will be incorporated in the applicant’s regular course offerings. (max. 1000-words)

2. Budget. Because the cost of two weeks in East Asia, including travel, will certainly exceed $2500, the budget should include indication of matching funds to be available from other sources, such as the applicant’s department, school, or external grant.

3. Short CV (2-3 pages)

4. Letter from the Chair of the applicant’s department confirming the feasibility of adding East Asia-related content to the department curriculum, indicating support for this project, and indicating that the relevant course or courses will be taught on a regular basis.

Qualifications:

Required:

1. A continuing, full-time faculty appointment at KU.

2. A clearly stated commitment to incorporating East Asia content into one or more courses on an ongoing basis (at least more than twice).

Preferred:

1. No experience in East Asia

2. Identification of a possible affiliation (university, government, social agency, business, etc.) in East Asia. CEAS can help with this.

2. Matching funds

Application deadline: Please submit your materials to CEAS at 200 Bailey Hall by March 3, 2014

Notification of success: March 31, 2014

If you have any questions, please contact Megan Greene at mgreene@ku.edu or Jun Fu at junfu@ku.edu.


Events
SWCAS & MCAA Joint Conference, 2014

CEAS will host a joint conference of the Southwest Conference of Asian Studies (SWCAS) &
the Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs (MCAA) in Lawrence, KS on October 3-5, 2014

Follow this link for more information.

Follow this link for registration.

Program Chair: J. Megan Greene, mgreene@ku.edu

New M.A. Program

The Center for East Asian Studies (CEAS) at The University of Kansas is offering a new M.A. program in Contemporary East Asian Studies, beginning in the 2014-2015 academic year. Full-time students with prior East Asian language training will be able to complete the degree within 12 months. For more information about this M.A. program including specific requirements for admission, visit www.ceas.ku.edu/degrees, or contact Ayako Mizumura, Assistant Director of CEAS, by email (ceasma@ku.edu) or call 785-864-1478. You can also download our program flyer (PDF) Please share this information with your friends, colleagues and students! We are looking forward to hearing from you.

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The University of Kansas recently participated in the Kakehashi Project-Bridge for Tomorrow, a 10-day study abroad trip to Japan for 23 students from Kansas universities. In the 2014-15 school year CEAS will host a group of students from Japan.

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