Mellon Foundation Awards $700,000 for Asian Studies Curricular Development

in Crawfordsville, Indiana, has announced a $700,000 grant from the to support faculty and curricular development in Asian Studies in collaboration with .

The grant will foster the development of interdisciplinary teaching and scholarship, Chinese language instruction and teaching collaboration, and student co-curricular program development. It also will enable Wabash to create a permanent interdisciplinary tenured faculty position and a permanent Asian Studies staff position. While Wabash adds a concentration in Asian Studies to its curriculum, DePauw will use the funds to strengthen and expand its current offerings.

The grant includes support for teaching, scholarship, and travel opportunities for up to thirty-two faculty members. This summer, eight staffers will attend a two-week program at the Honolulu-based to begin the curriculum development process, while in the summer of 2012 the same group will receive funds to travel to Asia for course development and scholarship at , , , and universities in China as well as at and universities in Japan.

"We will discover synergies that strengthen liberal arts teaching and learning on both campuses and we will test new ways to tap the rich cultural resources of both Wabash and DePauw," said Wabash College president Patrick E. White. "This partnership is demanded not only by twenty-first century economic realities, but also by the need for twenty-first century liberal arts institutions to find ways to keep their missions responsive to the wants of the country and the world."

"." Wabash College Press Release 01/04/2011.