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Associate Professor of Religion and Asian Studies Chair, Department of Religion
South Asian Religion, Hindu and Buddhist Story Literature, Sanskrit Story Literature, Intercultural Education
Religious Story Literature
Sufi Traditions in South and West Asia
Intercultural Communications Issues
PhD Columbia University
MA Columbia University
M. Phil Columbia University
MA School for International Training
TESL Certificate school for International Training
BA Southern Illinois University
Teaching Certification Southern Illinois University
Religion 110: Religious Values in Cultural Context
Asian Religious Traditions and Literatures, History of Religions, Cross-cultural Studies
LAKE FOREST COLLEGE, 1987 to present. Kenneth and Harle Montgomery Assistant Professor in the Humanities, Asian Religious Traditions and Literatures: Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, and Daoism
ASIANetwork Faculty Enhancement Program in India. Co-director and Designer. Academic study in India for liberal arts professors. (Summers 2011 and 2014)
ASSOCIATED COLLEGES OF THE MIDWEST India Studies Program, Faculty Director of undergraduate study abroad program in Pune, India. (1993, 2001, 2008)
BELOIT COLLEGE, Visiting Assistant Professor in Asian Religions. (1995-2000)
BARAT COLLEGE, Visiting Lecturer in Asian Religions. (1996-2000)
BARNARD COLLEGE, Teaching Assistant, Theodore H. Gaster, Folklore. (1981-1984)
LEHMAN COLLEGE, CUNY, Writing; advanced English as a Second Language. (1981-1987)
HUNTER COLLEGE, CUNY, World Religions. (1982)
SCHOOL FOR INTERNATIONAL TRAINING, Ahmedabad, India, Academic Director. Intercultural communication; guided student research. (1982)
COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY, American Language Program, English as a Second Language (ESL); beginning and advanced levels. (1980-1982)
LaGUARDIA COMMUNITY COLLEGE, CUNY, Beginning and intermediate ESL. (1978-1979)
Adult and Secondary Education
Cushing Academy, Summer ESL Program for secondary school students. Taught advanced English as college preparation; students from the Middle East, Japan, and Latin America.(1978)
United Migrant Opportunity Service, Madison, Wisconsin. Developed an educational program for Mexican farmworkers and taught language skills. (1977)
Tanzanian Christian Conference Centre, Dodoma, Tanzania. Devised curriculum and materials for teaching advanced English to Tanzanian adults. (1973-1974)
Dodoma Secondary School, Dodoma, Tanzania. Developed an English literature syllabus, based on the works of African writers. (1973-1974)
Asian Studies, Religion and International Business
ASIANetwork Development Committee, Co-Chair (2000-present)
Carthage College, Religion Program, External Reviewer (2014)
ASIANetwork Faculty enhancement Program in Vietnam. Evaluator and Assessor. Academic study in Vietnam for liberal arts professors. (Summer 2013)
Hobart and William Smith College Asian Studies Program, External Reviewer, (2013)
Illinois Wesleyan University, Asian Studies Program. External Reviewer. (2012)
Furman University, Asian Studies, External Reviewer. (2012)
Maryville College Asian Studies Program. External Reviewer. (2010)
University of San Diego Asian Studies Program. External Reviewer. (2009)
North Central College East Asian Studies Program. External Reviewer. (2009)
Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM) Japan Studies Program. External Reviewer. (2008)
ACM India Studies Program, Pune India. External Reviewer and Hiring Consultant. (2007-2008)
Beloit College Religion Department. External Reviewer. (2006)
ASIANetwork, Board of Directors, (1997-2000)
ASIANetwork Development Team, Secure funding for ASIANetwork programs from foundations and others. ASIANetwork is a national consortium of over 170 liberal arts colleges and universities. (2000-2012)
ASIANetwork, Consultancy Program. Reviewer for liberal arts and undergraduate Asian Studies programs. (2003 to present)
Best Practices In International Education Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM)—Great Lakes Consortial Association(GLCA)—Associated Colleges of the South (ACS), “Global Partners Task Force on Best Practices in International Education”. (2002 to 2005)
PAX, Program of Academic Exchange. Asian and Islamic cultures orientation. (2002-2003)
De Paul University, Experientially-based intercultural training in preparation for study in Europe, Asia, Africa, and Latin America (1999- 2005)
Motorola University, Center for Culture And Technology. Training and development programs for managers working in China, India, and Turkey. (1995-1997)
International Orientation Resources. Training programs for India, China, Singapore, Malaysia, and Hong Kong. (1995-2004)
Kalamazoo College Religion Department. External reviewer. (1992)
UNICEF India. Field Officer, Education and Health in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, and Kerala. (1975-1976)
Lake Forest College Summer Research Grant, (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015)
Keynote Speaker, Edgewood College Student Research and Creative Inquiry Symposium,“Listening to the Stories of Muslim Women in India”(2015)
Distinguished Service Award, ASIANetwork. (2012)
Huntington Fellowship, Huntington Research Library, San Marino, California. Twentieth century Vedanta Society of Southern California and India; writings of Christopher Isherwood. (2012)
Hotchkiss Fellowship, Lake Forest College. Research with Muslim women in Khuldabad, Maharashtra, India. (2009)
Kenneth and Harle Montgomery Assistant Professorship in the Humanities. Lake Forest College. (2007-2010)
Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM) Global Partners Award. CIEE seminar At the Crossroads: Politics, Religion and Culture in Turkey: field study in central Turkey and lectures in Ankara at Bilkent University and Middle East Technical University. (2004)
ASIANetwork Freeman Faculty-Student Research Award. Research in Maharashtra, India, on the music and devotional practices of a Hindu Jyotirlinga Temple and a Sufi Shrine. (2002)
National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar, Literature of Islamic Mysticism, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. (1999)
Lake Forest College Summer Research Award. Research and translation of Sanskrit story literature texts gathered in India. (1988-1992)
Columbia University Graduate Study Awards:
American Academy of Religion
Research languages: Sanskrit, Hindi, French
|Cultures (locations of research and employment|
God of Desire: Tales of Kamadeva in Sanskrit Story Literature. Albany: SUNY Press, 2006.
“Through a Buddhist Lens: Hermann Hess’s Siddhartha, Teaching Religion and Literature . Vol. , AAR (American Academy of Religion). teaching Religious Studies Series, Oxford University Press. (Forthcoming 2016)
Review of Dharma by Alf Hiltebeitel for Education About Asia, Vol. 16, No. 2, Fall 2011.
“Behind the Veil in Khuldabad, India: Women, Earthen Floors, and Blue Tooth Technology,” ASIANetwork Journal. Fall 2009.
“’Daughters of Wisdom’ Film Review”, Asian Educational Media Service, University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, Fall 2009. http://www.aems.illinois.edu/downloads/Fall2009.pdf
“A Virtual Village”, review of an interactive educational website, Asian Educational Media Service, University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, 2007. http://www.aems.uiuc.edu/publications/webreviews/virtualvillage.html
“Religious Sites in Maharashtra: Buddhist, Hindu, Jain, and Muslim”, academic photography collection with accompanying metadata, published on the IDEAS (Image Database to Enhance Asian Studies) website, 2005.
“History of the ASIANetwork Development Team: 2000-2005,” ASIANetwork Exchange 12, no. 3 (Spring 2005).
Web Article: “Treasures of Ellora and Khuldabad: Hindu, Muslim, Buddhist, and Jain Shrines,” photographs, commentary, and music recorded in India, January 2003.
Film Reviews for Asian Educational Media Service: “Salaam Shalom: the Jews of India” (Fall 2001); “Doing Time, Doing Vipassana” (Winter 2002).
Articles for the Encyclopedia of Women and World Religion, “Boundaries” and “Egg” New York: Macmillan, 1999.
“Bangladeshi Business Culture: Doing Business Internationally and Regionally,” Motorola University, 1997.
“Teaching Indian Buddhism with Hermann Hesse’s Siddhartha — or Not?,” Education About Asia (Winter 1997).
Review of Family, Gender, and Population in the Middle East: Policies in Context for The American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences (Winter 1997).
“Many Contradictions: Women and Islamists in Turkey,” The Muslim World 86, no. 2 (April 1996): 106-129.
“Potential Effects of Implementing Motorola’s Corporate Culture in Turkey,” Motorola University, January 1995.
“The Impact of Turkish Business Culture on Technology Transfer,” Motorola University, February 1996.
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