Professors participate in faculty development program in China

Sixteen Furman University faculty members will participate in a Faculty Development Program in China this June as part of the Luce Initiative on Asian Studies and the Environment (LIASE) grant awarded in 2016 from the Henry Luce Foundation in New York.

Furman’s LIASE Faculty Development Program is designed to bring faculty from across the campus together to explore how to incorporate interdisciplinary discussions of China’s environment into their courses or research.

Joining the Fellows are the LIASE Faculty Development Workshop co-directors Dennis Haney, professor and chair of the biology department, and Kate Kaup, professor of Asian studies and politics and international affairs.

The year-long workshop includes a two-week, fully funded study tour to China from June 18-July 2, 2019. Fellows also meet for a three-day workshop on campus in January 2019 and convene for once-monthly afternoon discussions throughout the coming spring and fall semesters.

The original funds provided by LIASE originated from a competition among invited liberal arts colleges in the United States. Furman was one of four recipients of the $400,000 grant awarded in 2016, along with Beloit College, Centre College and Oberlin College.

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