Faculty Enhancement Program


Deepening Asian Studies in the Liberal Arts
Seminars in Asia

funded by the
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

The generous eight years of funding from the Mellon Foundation has ended.  ASIANetwork is exploring ways to continue to offer this program in the future.

Program Overview

With funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, ASIANetwork provided faculty from member institutions the opportunity to participate in a faculty enhancement program to facilitate the study of a country in Asia  outside their primary range of expertise.

The ASIANetwork Faculty Enhancement Program (ANFEP) study-travel seminar consisted 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.  Outcomes of these seminars included 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.

ANFEP Programs

Program Director

Ronnie Littlejohn, Belmont University
615-460-6494; ronnie.littlejohn@belmont.edu

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.