QUALITY OF FACULTY AND OTHER PROFESSIONAL STAFF
UH East Asia specialists teach 4-5 courses annually, publish regularly and contribute service to the field. All professorial and most specialist faculty hold doctorate degrees in East Asia specialties from distinguished institutions, including UC Berkeley (11), Columbia (7), Harvard (6), U Michigan (6), and Stanford (5). In the past 5 years, East Asia faculty have published 44 books, 263 journal articles and book chapters, and over 75 other publications including edited volumes, reviews, and conference papers; they also have won 20 awards for excellence in teaching. Over two-thirds travel regularly to Asia, and all must be proficient in at least 1 East Asia language. They have been awarded research support by such organizations as the ACLS, SSRC, Mellon, H. F. Guggenheim, Japan Foundation, Korea Foundation, Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation, National Academy of Sciences, NEH, NEA, and the Toyota Foundation.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES FOR FACULTY AND STAFF
UH provides travel funds and seed money for research and instruction projects regularly through the Office of Research Services competitions. Faculty also receive sabbatical leave of 1 year at half pay or half a year at full pay every 7 years. East Asia faculty have additional resources through the individual Centers. The CJS $4 million and the CKS $3.5 million endowments provide every full-time Japanese Studies and Korean Studies faculty member an annual $1,000 research supplement. CJS awards $300 per year to each language instructor. CJS and CKS also provide semi-annual competitions for additional funding. All CCS faculty who apply-about 10 per year-receive allocations for research at Peking University. A recently established $250,000 endowment in CCS awards approx. 15 faculty and graduate students a year modest amounts towards travel and research. Through revenue generated from SHAPS’ “Short Term in Hawaii” Program, 28 faculty received travel grants this year. EWC also provides opportunities for joint research projects and appointments.
FACULTY/ADMINISTRATORS TEACHING, SUPERVISION, AND ADVISING OF STUDENTS
Eighty-two of the 128 faculty and instructors spend 100% of their time devoted to East Asia. Approximately 40% is for research, 40% for instruction and advising, and 10-20% for service. Many language instructors also conduct research and publish. Most administrators, including the East Asia Council leaders, retain half-time teaching loads of at least 2 classes a year.
FACULTY REPRESENTATION IN THE UH NRCEA
The East Asia Council is advised by and responsible to Executive Committees composed of East Asia faculty representing the larger membership and programs of the Centers. The Executive Committees include representatives of EALL, AS, the Library and balanced representation from among the humanities, social sciences, and professional schools. Membership in the Centers requires a continuing record of research and instruction in East Asia and is reviewed every 5 years.
UH NRCEA STAFFING
The NRCEA is directed by Robert Huey (CJS), current chair of the East Asia Council, with the support of R. Brown (CCS) and Ned Shultz (CKS). While all staff in CCS, CJS, and CKS assist in East Asia projects, those with direct responsibility for the NRCEA will include S. Minichiello (PI), Cyndy Ning (language projects), Gay Satsuma (administration and outreach), and V. Ngo (technical support and outreach).
Hawaii is cited as a microcosm of the US of the future: a multi-racial, multi-ethnic society defined by historic waves of immigrants who have commingled with the indigenous population. Overall, the students and faculty of UH, as well as the personnel associated with this project, reflect the diversity of Hawaii. All open positions in East Asia studies are advertised, and minorities, women, persons with disability, and the elderly are encouraged to apply. Hawaii has no racial majority; hence the local pool of candidates provides a wide range of ethnicities. UH complies with or exceeds all US laws on disability access, equal opportunity, and anti-age discrimination.