David Brubaker, a philosophy lecturer at the University of New Haven, has been named Distinguished Professor and Sunshine (Campus) Scholar at China's Wuhan Textile University.
Professor Li Wan Jun, Dean of Wuhan Textile's School of Art and Design, awarded the prestigious position to Brubaker for the 2013-14 academic year. During the 2012-13 academic year, Brubaker has been teaching and researching in Wuhan, China.
"It is an honor for both myself and UNH that I have been invited to stay on at the request of my Chinese colleagues," Brubaker wrote in an email from China.
"It is at UNH, through teaching, faculty dialogue and professional development support, that I have developed the thinking, skills and publications that make me valuable as a research scholar. This provides more evidence of the value of faculty at UNH."
Lourdes Alvarez, Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, agreed. "I congratulate David on being named to such a prestigious role. It is a testament to his success and the great value he brings to the program there. This is a wonderful opportunity to explore closer ties with Wuhan Textile."
Wuhan Textile is a school of 12,000 students who specialize in technical fields, including applied design, textile chemistry, mechanical design, environmental engineering, computer science, mathematics and physics.
According to Brubaker, the position is specifically designed for foreign scholars who engage in cooperative research with Chinese faculty. "The expectation is for joint projects, continuation of my research on Chinese culture, and travel to conferences in China and internationally," he wrote. "Research here means philosophical writing on Chinese and Euro-American notions of aesthetics and nature. It also includes painting. So, I could apply my thoughts on aesthetics and work toward an exhibition of paintings."
Brubaker is already working on contemporary Chinese ink painting, including an image entitled "Jizi Flying Snow." He has had multiple essays on these topics translated into Chinese for publication in international journals.
His goal is to continue to build his skill set and bring back increased knowledge of Chinese culture to share with students and faculty at UNH.
He aims to "deliver an enriched collection of courses at UNH I return," he said. "I would be in a strong position to contribute in an Asian Studies minor, with expertise in the areas of Asian philosophy, aesthetics, and contemporary art and design in China."
Dean Alvarez noted that Brubaker's visiting professorship comes at a perfect time because of the increased opportunities for studies in Chinese language and in China are building at UNH as part of the University's initiatives in the area of modern languages.