Wednesday, March 27, 2013

IUP's growing Japanese program.

A press release from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania's Asian Studies page:
Yongtaek Kim received a grant of $25,000 from the Japan Foundation’s Institutional Project Support–Small Grant Program.

The grant will be used to hire adjunct faculty to teach introductory Japanese language classes and also to expand the program’s online presence.

The grant is being matched by funds from the College of Humanities and Social Sciences for the purchase of tablet computers for use in Japanese language classes.
IUP is a midsize state school about an hour east of Pittsburgh that for a while has had solid programs with an international reach. It runs several international film series each year, and has an active Japanese Student Association (their Facebook page is here). The department hasn't publicly advertised the upcoming Japanese instructor position, though feelers have been informally put out in western Pennsylvania.