Dr. Pelgy Vaz, associate professor of sociology at Fort Hays State University, was recently awarded with a Japan Studies Institute (JSI) Fellowship from the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.
The fellowship allows Vaz to participate in the Japan Studies Institute, "Incorporating Japanese Studies into the Undergraduate Curriculum," from June 2 to 20 at San Diego State University, and covers the cost of institute tuition, housing, up to $700 for transportation and a $700 stipend for meals and other expenses.
"This fellowship will give me an opportunity to study and further explore my cross-cultural teaching and research interests," Vaz said.
The institute involves three weeks of intensive seminars, lectures, readings, films and cultural activities related to Japanese history, culture, literature, government, business, language and education.
"The information gained at the Institute will contribute to valuable content for some of the courses that I teach in sociology," Vaz said. "This will also help me better serve Fort Hays State University's commitment to international education."
Vaz said Japan is one of the countries she covers in her classes, "Comparative Cultures and Societies," "Sociology of Aging" and "Introduction to Sociology."
She also said that the knowledge could be helpful for her in the future as a member of the Asian Studies Task Force that hopes to see an Asian studies program at FHSU.
"This would definitely help me bring a rich perspective to the classroom that will enable students to be better prepared to work in our global economy," Vaz said.