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American Association of State Colleges and Universities
& San Diego State University

2008 Japan Studies Institute
National Faculty Development Institute:
“Incorporating Japanese Studies into the Undergraduate Curriculum”

The Institute

Allows faculty to attend the 2008 National Faculty Development Institute on “Incorporating Japanese Studies into the Undergraduate Curriculum,” held on the San Diego State University campus. Up to 24 awards are granted each year to full-time faculty members who teach undergraduate students, academic administrators, and librarians at member institutions of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU).
Participants must be faculty members at AASCU institutions who can impact undergraduate education (either through teaching or academic support services that affect undergraduate studies). Participants should not have prior training or professional experience in Japanese studies, and should demonstrate an interest in gaining a better understanding of Japan. Past participants have included faculty in the humanities, social sciences and professional fields, deans, department chairs, directors of international programs and librarians. Applicants must be nominated by their president or chancellor, either directly or at the request of the applicant.
JSI Fellowship
The Institute provides a $ 5,500 JSI Fellowship for each participant selected. That Fellowship includes the administrative and academic costs of the Institute, campus housing, up to $700 for transportation and an $700 stipend for meals and other expenses. Institutions whose faculty are accepted for the fellowships pay a partial tuition of $700.
The Program
The Program is multi-disciplinary in content and designed for faculty without prior experience in Japanese studies who wish to incorporate information about Japan into the courses they teach. In addition to the preparatory readings that are made available prior to the Institute, participants receive an Institute Pack containing bibliographical and Internet resources related to Japan, as well as copies of source materials to complement the seminars and lectures that constitute the core of the Institute.

The Institute involves three weeks of intensive seminars, lectures, readings, films and discussion groups and cultural activities related to Japanese history, culture, literature, government, business, language and education. While modern Japan serves as the focus for the program, participants are provided with a firm foundation in the pre-modern history and culture of Japan. Previous programs have included topics as diverse as wartime and occupation Japan, social relations and the changing role of women in Japan, Japanese foreign policy and regional relations, Koto music, calligraphy, survival Japanese, film, manga (Japanese comics) and Japanese labor-management relations. Classes are held Monday through Friday, from morning until late afternoon. The formal program is complemented by a number of off-campus and evening activities. Institute faculty will include scholars, representatives from the local Japanese business community, artists, journalists, and government officials.

While attending the program, participants are housed in two-bedroom, shared apartments adjoining the university campus. Because of the intensive nature of the program, families cannot be accommodated.
The Sponsors
The JSI Fellowships and Institute on “Incorporating Japanese Studies Into the Undergraduate Curriculum” are made possible by a generous endowment from the Nippon Foundation. They are managed by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), an association of more than 400 public institutions of higher education across the United States, Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. San Diego State University provides the academic program and the facilities.

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The Staff

2008 AASCU Japan Studies Institute Staff
June 2 – 20, 2008

Washington D.C.

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Ms. Jill M. Gately
Program and Meetings Manager
American Association of State Colleges & Universities (AASCU)
1307 New York Avenue, NW, 5th Floor, Washington D.C. 20005-4701
Phone: (202) 478-4668 (direct line), Fax: (202) 296-5819


San Diego State University

Dr. Yoshiko Higurashi
Institute Director
Director, SDSU Japanese Language Program

Department of Linguistics & Asian/Middle Eastern Languages
Phone: (619) 504-1005 (direct line), Fax: (619) 444-2876 (direct line)

Ms. Eunice Estrada
Administrative Assistant
Department of Linguistics & Asian/Middle Eastern Languages
Phone: (619)594-5268 (Department), (619)594-0772 (direct line)
Fax: (619) 594-4877

Mr. Qamar Bradford
AASCU Student Assistant
Phone: (619) 228-3241

Ms. Naomi Duben
SDSU Student Assistant

Ms. Sandra Gomez (temporary)
Student Assistant

Ms. Donna Stout
Coordinator of Conference Services & Piedra del Sol
Office of Housing Administration
Phone: (619) 594-4611
Fax: (619) 594-6202

Ms. Terry Arriola
Conference Assistant
SDSU Conference Center

Cuicacalli Suites, Tacuba Tower
5150 East Campus Drive
San Diego, CA 92182
Phone: (619) 594-2622


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Incorporating Japanese Studies into the Undergraduate Curriculum
San Diego State University
June 2-20, 2008
2008 AASCU-JSI •  Fellows & Projects