University Awards
Recognising Excellence
  • Field studies in Japan
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  • Introduction to Japanese studies
  • Japanese political economy
  • Successfully achieved intended learning outcomes of encouraging self-discovery, synthesis of knowledge and effective communication, while developing skills and knowledge that transcend the discipline of Japanese Studies
  • Selectively incorporated innovative techniques targeted to reach the desired learning outcomes, including flipped lectures, in-class student response systems, online collaborative research tools, peer review, role play and field-based learning, among others
  • Principal Investigator for a Centre for Development of Teaching & Learning Teaching Enhancement Grant project on the impact of grade-free learning, stimulated by the University’s implementation of the grade-free system
  • Engaging, passionate teaching style that connects extremely well with students
  • Versatile educator who uses different teaching activities such as lecture-tutorial format, small group seminars, student response systems and fieldwork to cater for high and low student enrolment
  • Generously shares with colleagues across faculties his experiences of using student response systems, preparing students for fieldwork, incorporating technology-enhanced collaborative learning and integrating peer review into undergraduate writing
  • Reflective educator who is always honing his craft and making contributions beyond NUS through research publications on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL)
  • Published 18 (and two forthcoming) journal articles, book chapters and book reviews, including eight pieces related to SoTL
  • Co-edited Teaching Japanese Popular Culture (with Assoc Prof Deborah Shamoon)
  • Presented seven papers on SoTL at international academic conferences, including annual meetings of the American Association of Geographers and the Association for Asian Studies
  • Contributed articles on teaching to university publications
  • Reviewer for journals in Geography, Japanese Studies and SoTL, including Area, Journal of Geography in Higher Education, Education About Asia, Mobilities, Social Science Japan Journal, Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers and Tourism Geographies
  • Co-organised Teaching Japanese Popular Culture conference in 2012
  • Annual Teaching Excellence Award Honour Roll, NUS (2016 - 2020)
  • Annual Teaching Excellence Award, NUS (2013/14, 2012/13, 2011/12)
  • Faculty Teaching Excellence Award, NUS Arts and Social Sciences (2015/16, 2013/14, 2012/13, 2011/12)
  • Innovation Award, NUS Arts and Social Sciences (2011/12)
  • Secured over $200,000 in external funding to offset student expenses for field studies in Japan module
"I do not want students to feel free to participate in the co-production of knowledge; I want to create spaces and opportunities in which they feel an obligation to do so. Self-learners are lifelong learners."