Prof. Jason Fuller receives Exemplary Teaching Award

Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Prof. Jason Fuller

Jason Fuller, associate professor of religious studies at DePauw University, is the recipient of DPU’s 2016-17 Exemplary Teaching Award.

Presented by the General Board of Higher Education of the United Methodist Church through a gift from 1942 DePauw University graduates George and Virginia Crane, the award recognizes faculty members who exemplify excellence in teaching; civility and concern for students and colleagues; commitment to value-centered education; and service to students, the institution and the community.”

A member of the DePauw faculty since 2004, Dr. Fuller chairs the religious studies department and is director of the Asian studies program.

A South Asianist who specializes in the study of Modern Hinduism, Fuller received his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.

Prior to his arrival at DePauw, he taught at Washington and Lee University and the University of Pennsylvania. He also traveled and lived in India for years while conducting his research.

At DePauw Fuller has worked steadily to increase the visibility of Asian Studies on campus by attracting numerous students to the program with a variety of new course offerings and arranging for well-known scholars in the fields of Asian and South Asian studies to give talks each semester. The topics have ranged from the cultural cachet of “Hello Kitty” merchandise in contemporary Japan to portrayals of Krishna in Indian calendar art as the child-like Butter Thief.

He has also expanded DePauw’s off-campus course offerings, directing a number of Winter Term Studies projects for students traveling to India. Fuller’s teaching interests are broad and include Hinduism, Modern Hinduism, Religions of India, South Asian History, Introduction to the Religions of Asia and Asian Religions in America.

In addition to his travel and research in South Asia, he has traveled to Japan on multiple occasions. Most recently, Fuller went on a faculty development trip to Kyoto sponsored by the GLCA and DePauw.

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