Partners on NRCEA Projects
**New Undergraduate Certificate on Pacific Islands Studies and Asian Studies
Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS), School of Pacific and Asian Studies (SPAS), UHM
CSEAS is one of eight National Resource Centers for the study of Southeast Asia. With more than fifty affiliated faculty members, distributed through twenty-one departments, the Center works with the largest concentration of Southeast Asia specialists in the United States. More than 100 language and area studies courses are regularly offered, with particular strengths in the humanities and social sciences. CSEAS maintains educational linkages to university programs in Thailand, Viet Nam, the Philippines, East Timor, Cambodia, Malaysia, Singapore, and Indonesia. It has worked to promote Southeast Asian studies nationally through its support of teacher training by providing in-country learning experiences. The Center led teachers from minority serving institutions to Thailand and Burma in 2002, and a group of visited Malaysia in 2004. CSEAS, with Fulbright Group Program Abroad support, also took K-12 teachers to the Philippines and Viet Nam in the summer of 2013.
Center for Pacific Islands Studies (CPIS), School of Pacific and Asian Studies (SPAS), UHM
CPIS is the leading educational and scholarly center focused on Pacific Islands Studies in the U.S. It is both an academic department and a larger home for initiatives that bring together people and resources to promote an understanding of the Pacific Islands and issues of concern to Pacific Islanders. Its innovative instructional program is regional, comparative, and interdisciplinary in nature. The University Library’s Pacific Collection, one of the most comprehensive collections of Pacific materials in the world, attracts a worldwide audience, as do the center’s international conferences, its web-based resources, its Pacific Islands Monograph Series, and its award-winning journal, The Contemporary Pacific. Working with scholars at institutions in the region and elsewhere, faculty at the center are seeking new ways to encompass a deeper understanding of a region whose boundaries are constantly expanding.
**New Curriculum for Chinese, Japanese, and Korean Language Courses, and Workshop on Korean Language
East Asian Languages and Literatures Department (EALL), College of Languages, Linguistics & Literature, UHM
EALL is the largest department of its kind in the country and offers a curriculum unparalleled in its breadth, depth, and variety of courses in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean language, linguistics, and literature. Thirty-seven full-time faculty teach over 130 courses with an annul enrollment of 4400 students. At the undergraduate level, EALL offers separate BA and Certificate programs to prepare students to function in the target language in given professional fields. Graduate degree programs (MA, PhD) for each of the EA languages focus on the disciplines of linguistic and literary study. In recognition of its excellence, EALL has been awarded two U.S. Department of Defense Language Flagship Centers in Chinese and Korean.
**Annual Summer Language Institutes
National Foreign Language Resource Center (NFLRC), College of Languages, Linguistics & Literature, UHM
NFLRC was established in 1990, the first year of the LRC program, as part of the College of Languages, Linguistics & Literature at UHM. Its main goal is the expansion of the nation’s capacity to teach and learn foreign languages effectively through research, materials, and professional development projects that focus primarily on the less commonly taught languages (LCTLs) of East Asia, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific. Drawing on institutional strengths in foreign language teaching, instructional technology, applied linguistics, and second language acquisition, and leveraging collaborations with other minority-serving institutions and community colleges, NFLRC projects bear relevance to the learning and teaching of all languages.
**New Curriculum on Teaching Asia and the Pacific
College of Education (CoE) at UHM
CoE is a complex, robust college providing educational research, policy studies, curriculum development, professional development, and educational services as well as teacher and educational leader preparation programs. The College has eight academic departments with over 1600 students and approximately 350 faculty. The College offers 5 undergraduate degrees, 2 post-baccalaureate certificates, 4 graduate certificates, 9 masters degrees, 9 doctoral specializations, and awards over 700 degrees annually. Programs include early childhood education, elementary education, middle school education, secondary education, Hawaiian education, special education, physical education, kinesiology, athletic training, rehabilitation counseling, curriculum studies, educational administration, and educational psychology.
**Japan Study Tour for Faculty from MSIs and Community Colleges
Japan Studies Association (JSA)
Since its foundation in 1994, the JSA has assisted its members – primarily teachers from American two- and four-year colleges and universities – to acquire first-hand knowledge about Japan and infuse it into the curriculum of their home institutions. Through workshops and study-tours, and the professional networking they enable, JSA’s members have been inspired to engage in curriculum development, design study-abroad programs, and initiate Japan-related or comparative research, outlets for which they have found both in the organization’s Japan Studies Association Journal and its annual national conference.