Visiting Scholars Program

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Prospective International Visiting Scholars

The College works closely with the Faculty and Scholars Immigration Services (FSIS) unit on campus to officially host professionals, researchers, and educators interested in cutting edge COE research and programs from around the world.

All visiting scholars must be hosted by a COE unit and work with a COE faculty sponsor. Visiting scholars are expected to be able to engage at a high level of scholarly exchange, and resourceful in adjusting to life in the Hawaiian islands. They also must regularly check in with their faculty host and make every effort to engage with the with COE ‘ohana, as well as the greater community that the College belongs to, all the while observing the requirements and rules of their J1 Exchange Visitor visa.

Our best residencies have been with visiting scholars who have had prior collaborative engagements with faculty members in the College and/or other campuses in the UH system. Prior to the end of their residency, visiting scholars are invited to present on their research findings in an interactive setting, often times a public talk where members of the community can have the opportunity to learn from the work during the residency.

It is the responsibility of the visiting scholar to meet all University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa policy requirements and procedure related to their visit. Here are more helpful links:

Office of Faculty and Scholar Immigration Services | FSIS Home
FSIS provides immigration assistance to University of Hawai‘i (UH ) departments and international scholars and employees across the UH System.

International Faculty & Scholars | IFS Home
The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa International website connects to all things International on the Mānoa campus.

UH Mānoa Visitor's Guide

Current and Recent International Visiting Scholars

We are privileged to have hosted three new visiting scholars in Fall 2017. From August 20 to September 9, 2017,  Ms. Lorraine Reinbold of Hakuoh University (Japan) worked with Dr. Brook Chapman de Sousa at the Institute for Teacher Education engaging in field observation for language acquisition and pedagogy. Mr. Sunao Goto of Bukkyo University (Japan) completed his residency on September 29, 2017 after spending about 5.5 months looking at a few Oahu schools that focus on indigenous education, as well as looking at the nikkei (Japanese diaspora) communities in the Hawaiian islands.

Meanwhile, Dr. Le Ha Phan is hosting Dr. Meng Liu from Yangzhou University (China) who is looking at English language education in the context of the internationalization of higher education. Dr. Liu is here for a year from August 12, 2017 to August 12, 2018. Dr. Yae Kusuda of Yokohama City University (Japan) is hosted by Dr. JoAnn Yuen and Dr. Patricia Morissey from September 1, 2017 to February 28, 2018 at the Center on Disability Studies, conducting research on people with disabilities in the labor market.  

Dr. Kuniomi Shibata, September 1, 2016 - February 28, 2017           

  • Research: Information communication technology, early intervention of listening and speech
  • Associate professor of international and cultural studies and inclusive education
  • Graduate School of International and Cultural Studies / Support Division for Students with Disabilities / Media Studies, Tsuda College, Tokyo, Japan
  • Hosted by the Center on Disability Studies

Dr. Huajun Xiong, January 10, 2016 - January 9, 2017           

  • Research: A comparative study between China and the United States on academic professions and faculty professional development
  • Associate professor of higher education
  • School of Education, Northwest Normal University, China
  • Hosted by the Department of Educational Foundations

Xiaopeng Chi, March 15, 2016 - March 14, 2017           

  • Research: The direction of development of physical education in Chinese universities and strategies on curriculum reform - a comparative study looking at approaches in the U.S.
  • Lecturer in physical education
  • Beijing Foreign Studies University, China
  • Hosted by the Department of Kinesiology and Rehabilitation Science


Past International Visiting Scholars

Yiwu Mou, September 1, 2015 - August 31, 2016            

  • Research: Intercultural communication and related issues in team teaching in the East Asian region
  • Associate professor of English Language Education
  • School of Foreign Languages, Lanzhou Jiaotong University, China
  • Hosted by the Department of Educational Foundations

Dr. Feng Tao, September 1, 2015 - August 31, 2016            

  • Research: A comparative study between China and the US on policies related to tuition and financial aid, with a special focus on student loans
  • Associate professor of educational economics and management
  • Shanghai University of Political Science and Law, China
  • Hosted by the Department of Educational Foundations

Gerit Jaritz, February 16 - May 31, 2016     

  • Research: City, state and national contexts of the internationalization of teacher education - a comparative study between UHM-COE and Thurgau University of Teacher Education
  • Lecturer, International Coordinator
  • Thurgau University of Teacher Education, Switzerland
  • Hosted by the Institute for Teacher Education