[KS] Fulbright Korean Studies Lecturers
Horace H. Underwood
hhu at fulbright.or.kr
Thu Dec 20 03:22:56 EST 2001
Dear Korean Studies colleagues:
This annual email is primarily for those of you who are in academic
departments in the United States, and who might be interested in hosting a
Fulbright Korean Studies lecturer for the 2002-2003 academic year. The rest
of you may delete, with my apologies (though you may like to know that such
a program exists.)
Each year the Korean-American Educational Commission (Fulbright Korea)
selects several Korean faculty members for lecturing/research awards in the
United States. These professors are sent to teach about Korea within their
academic fields, usually one course each term, though they may be asked to
teach up to two, while also pursuing a program of research.
The screening committee consisted of the current American Fulbright faculty
and graduate student grantees in Korea, ensuring that the lecturers can do
well teaching in English in the U.S. This year, of seven applicants, the
screening committee recommended and our Board selected five professors to go
to the U.S. All grantees must still be approved by the Fulbright Foreign
Scholarship Board in Washington. From Fulbright, the principals will
receive round trip transportation, a living stipend, and a dependent
allowance. The hosting university has no financial obligation, but must
assist in arranging such logistics as housing, office space, and research
opportunities, and must actively publicize the courses to be offered among
The lecturers this year (in alphabetical order) are:
1) Dr. CHANG Dong-Han, Associate Professor of International Trade, Konkuk
University. Dr. Chang earned his Ph.D. from the Wharton School and taught
insurance at Penn State for four years. He proposes to teach such courses
as "Korea in International Trade" and "Financial Markets of Korea." Dr.
Chang is available for one academic year starting August, 2002.
2) Dr. KIM Hyuk-Rae, Associate Professor of Korean Studies, Graduate School
of International Studies, Yonsei University. Dr. Kim earned his Ph.D. in
Sociology from the University of Washington, Seattle, and teaches about
Korea in English to Korean and foreign students full-time. He proposes to
teach such courses as "Korean Society and Culture" and "Korean Economy,
Business, and Politics." Dr. Kim is available starting the SPRING SEMESTER,
2003, for two semesters.
3) Dr. KIM Kyu-hyun, Associate Professor of English, Kyung Hee University.
Dr. Lee earned his Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics from UCLA. He proposes to
teach such courses as "Korean Language and Culture" and "Korean Grammar."
Dr. Kim is available for one academic year from August, 2002.
4) Dr. LEE Young Jo, Associate Professor of Political Science, Graduate
School of Pan-Pacific Studies, Kyung Hee University. Dr. Lee earned his
Ph.D. from Harvard University and teaches about Korea in English to Korean
and foreign students full-time. He proposes to teach such courses as
"Contemporary Korean Politics," "The Politics of Reform in Democratic
Korea," "The Political Economy of East Asian Development," or "US-Korean
Relations." Dr. Lee is available for one academic year from August, 2002.
5) Dr. RYU Je-Hun, Professor of Geography, Korean National University of
Education. Dr. Rhu earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin.
He proposes to teach such courses as "A Geographical-Historical Introduction
to Korea" and "A Cultural Geography of Korea: Reading the Korean Cultural
Landscape." Dr. Ryu is available for one academic year starting August,
2002, but is in fact in the tentative stages of completing an arrangement
with a U.S. university already.
The procedure is for American universities (you) to express your interest to
me, along with a sense of how the faculty member would be utilized. Then
the Korean faculty member and I discuss the options and reach a tenative
placement decision together, which would be communicated to you. If we are
all agreed, then the paperwork to confirm the appointment and make it
official will be handled by CIES, the Council for the International Exchange
of Scholars, in Washington, D.C.
In the past three years that I have tried this system, I have had mixed
results; about half the lecturers have been placed this way, and about half
through their own efforts and contacts. Nonetheless, Fulbright in Korea
remains committed to supporting the development of Korean studies in the
U.S., and to sending Korean lecturers for that purpose. If you are
interested in hosting any of these individuals, or if you would like more
informtion, please let me know.
Thank you for your interest in Fulbright in Korea.
Horace H. Underwood
Executive Director (Fulbright)
Korean-American Educational Commission
168-15 Yomni-dong, Mapo-gu
Seoul 121-874, South Korea
hhu at fulbright.or.kr
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