Visiting Scholars Program

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

Current International Visiting Scholars at COE

(coming soon - we just onboarded our most recent visiting scholar for Fall 2019!)

Current International Visiting Scholars at COE

Mr. JEONG Ho Kyun

  • Acting Director, Division of Rights of Persons with Disabilities, National Human Rights Commission of Korea, South Korea
  • Hosted by Dr. JoAnn Yuen, Center on Disability Studies, December 1, 2018 – May 31, 2019
  • Area(s) of interest: Community inclusion for people with disabilities; disability policies related to inclusive and accessible communities in Hawai‘i and the greater US community, specifically those that enable persons with disabilities to live in accessible and well-designed communities with opportunity for full inclusion in social, economic, sporting and cultural life.

Dr. DOBASHI Konomu

  • Professor of Information Education, Faculty of Modern Chinese Studies, Aichi University, Japan
  • Hosted by Dr. Curtis Ho, Learning Design and Technology, September 1, 2018 – August 31, 2019
  • Area(s) of interest:  Different teaching materials and methods used in learning management systems; analysis of learning history accumulated in learning management systems.


  • Associate Professor, Faculty of Education, Nagasaki University, Japan
  • Hosted by Dr. Curtis Ho, Learning Design and Technology, September 1, 2018 – March 31, 2019
  • Area(s) of interest: E-learning systems outside of Japan; means to incorporate e-learning design theories into the system he previously developed; how to test the effectiveness of mobile-learning system across borders.

Dr. YANG Fan

  • Associate Professor, College of Education, Shanghai Normal University, China
  • Hosted by Dr. CHENG Baoyan and Dr. XU Di, Educational Foundations, August 15, 2018 – August 14, 2019
  • Area(s) of interest: Examining the educational change in the social and cultural discourse and context; analyzing the data collected in China through the lens of Fairlcough's discourse theory.


  • Associate Professor, Department of Business Administration, Toyo University, Japan
  • Hosted by Dr. Kaori Tamura, Kinesiology and Rehabilitation Science, April 1, 2018 – March 31, 2019
  • Area(s) of interest: Athletic training programs, particularly the UH Athletic Program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).

Information for Prospective International Visiting Scholars

All visiting scholars must be hosted by a COE unit with a designated 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. 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.

Units within the College receive many requests to host visiting scholars. Approved applications are contingent on a suitable fit and availability of a willing faculty host. 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. It is the responsibility of the visiting scholar to meet all federal, state and University of Hawai‘i policy requirements and procedures related to their visit. For more information on how to apply, please reach out to Nezia Azmi at