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Hendrix Gets Grant to Hire Asian Studies Post-Doctoral Fellow

CONWAY, Ark. (January 16, 2014) – Hendrix College recently received a grant from the ASIANetwork-Luce Foundation Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow Program to hire a postdoctoral fellow in Asian Studies for the 2014-15 academic year.
According to its website, ASIANetwork, through the support of the Henry Luce Foundation, will provide $40,000 as partial support for the hiring of ASIANetwork – Luce Teaching Fellows (recent recipients of a terminal degree from a North American university). Fellows spend one year teaching courses with significant East and/or Southeast Asian content and participating in the intellectual and cultural life of the host college. The teaching fellow will teach a half-time course load, attend departmental and college faculty meetings, keep office hours, mentor students, and continue to pursue research and/or other scholarly projects. The award also includes a $1,000 stipend for the fellow’s faculty mentor.

“The ASIANetwork consortium connects faculty members at first-rate liberal arts colleges across the nation, and has come to represent a great resource for our developing program,” said Hendrix religion professor Dr. Bill Gorvine, who is a member of the college’s interdisciplinary Asian studies program. “Since we joined ASIANetwork in 2010, the leadership has made a real effort to invite me and other Hendrix faculty to participate in their annual meetings and programs, and I’m thrilled that the selection committee has decided to invest in Hendrix through this grant. I’m particularly excited about having another teacher-scholar on campus who can help us further enhance Asian studies at Hendrix, especially at this moment in the college’s history.”

“I’m pleased that the quality of our Asian Studies Program has received this recognition, and delighted that we will be able to enrich our curriculum in this area as a result of this support,” said Hendrix College Provost Dr. Robert L. Entzminger.

The new position will be advertised this spring and begin in the fall 2014 semester, Entzminger said.

Founded in 1876, Hendrix College is a national leader in engaged liberal arts and sciences education. For the sixth consecutive year, Hendrix was named one of the country’s “Up and Coming” liberal arts colleges by U.S. News and World Report.  Hendrix is featured in the latest edition of Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think about Colleges, as well as the 2014 Princeton Review’s The Best 378 Colleges, Forbes magazine's list of America's Top Colleges, and the 2014 Fiske Guide to Colleges. Hendrix has been affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. For more information, visit