Projects and Grants

In the last decade and a half, the Asian Studies Program has successfully developed and strengthened its many academic programs and hosted numerous student activities and opportunities by applying for and receiving nearly $2 million in nationally competitive grants from the U.S. Department of Education, Freeman Foundation, Japan Foundation, National Endowment for Humanities, National Science Foundation, and the US-Japan Foundation. Since Dr. Heine became director, the Asian Studies Program has received 10 grants over 20 years, adding up to about $2 million in external funding and creating 6 faculty positions (2 Japanese, 1 Chinese, 1 International Relations, 1 Sociology, 1 History). Additional positions were created in Asian Studies based on student demand (1 Asian Studies, 1 Sociology, 1 Japanese Literature, 1 Chinese Studies, 1 Art History). These positions have stimulated the significant development of Asian Studies in diverse scholarly dimensions. Asian Studies was recently part of an endowment of $1.75 million (with state match) for the promotion of Asian art projects at FIU. Grants received include the following:

Six positions were seeded from external funding

  1. Japanese Language Instructor (1999-2001) – Department of Education Title VI
  2. Japanese Language Instructor (2003-2006) – Japan Foundation
  3. International Relations Assistant Professor (2003-2006) – Department of Education Title VI
  4. Chinese Language Instructor (2007-2009) – National Endowment for the Humanities
  5. Japanese Sociology Assistant Professor (2008-2011) – Japan Foundation
  6. Japanese History Professor (2013-2017) - Japan Foundation

Five positions were created based on enrollment demands:

  1. Asian Studies Lecturer (2005)
  2. Chinese Sociology Assistant Professor (2011)
  3. Chinese Language and Culture Instructor (2011)
  4. Japanese Literature Professor (2012)
  5. Chinese Art History (2012)

Other grants received include:

  • Department of Education Title VI (1997-1999) Curriculum & Professional Development
  • Department of Education Title VI (2001-2004) Curriculum & Professional Development
  • Japan Foundation/Center for Global Partnerships (2004-2007) K-12 Teacher Workshops
  • FIPSE Grant for Promoting Chinese Bilingualism in Miami Dade Schools (2006-2008)
  • Freeman Foundation (2007-current) K-12 Teacher Workshops