The Hamako Ito Chaplin Memorial Award will again be conferred in 2018, administered through the Association for Asian Studies (AAS). In accordance with the wishes of the Chaplin family, each year a prize of $1000 will be awarded to either a current graduate student or a full-time instructor of Japanese for excellence in Japanese language teaching at the college-level. A full-time instructor who has completed graduate study within the last 3 years in an area that directly involves Japanese language teaching is eligible to apply. Possible academic fields of specialization are Japanese language pedagogy, linguistics, anthropology, or literature. Current graduate students must demonstrate their intention to enter the teaching field in a North American university. Professor Priya Ananth (Middle Tennessee State University) serves as Chair of the Selection Committee, Professor Sarah Thal (University of Wisconsin) serves as representative of the Northeast Asia Council of AAS for the committee, and Professor George Chaplin serves ex-officio.
Individuals interested in applying (self-nomination) and faculty members interested in nominating an eligible graduate student (nomination) — should download an application form at the AAS website: http://www.asian-studies.org/chaplin-award The deadline for application is February 2, 2018. The award winner will be announced at the AAS #AsiaNow blog.