Prof Mohan Dutta Selected as 2016 ICA Applied/Public Policy Communication Researcher

mohan_duttaProf Mohan Dutta, Head of the Department of Communications and New Media and NUS Provost’s Chair Professor, was selected as the 2016 ICA Applied/Public Policy Communication Researcher. The prestige is awarded by the International Communication Association (ICA), which is an academic association for scholars interested in the study, teaching, and application of all aspects of human and mediated communication.

“The Applied Research Award honors a scholar or group of scholars who has or have produced a systematic and outstanding body of research that addresses a significant communication problem of relevance to a public representing one or more groups of stakeholders relevant to a division(s) or interest group(s) of ICA. Individual or collaborative applied research programmes which include community engagement, group and organisational interventions, or advocacy and/or political policy work at the local, national, international and/or global levels are all appropriate candidates for this award.”

Prof Dutta received the award at the 66th Annual Conference of the International Communication Association held in Fukuoka, Japan on 11 June 2016.

Our heartiest congratulations to Prof Dutta!

Ten social work pioneers honoured for their contributions

16 March 2016

The Straits Times

Dr Rosaleen Ow and Associate Professor Ngiam Tee Liang, Department of Social Work, were among the ten social work pioneers who had been honoured for their contributions at the 10th annual Social Workers’ Day (SWD). Over the last 30 years, their contributions had laid the groundwork for improving lives in Singapore.

At the event, Dr Ow said, “Society is increasingly having sub-groups popping up, people we didn’t notice before. We can no longer put our heads in the sand and say that we don’t want to work with people who are different.”

This year’s SWD was graced by Minister for Social and Family Development, Mr Tan Chuan-Jin and was attended by more than 500 social service practitioners.

To read the full article, click here.

Dr. Stephen Lim awarded the UBC SoTL Leadership Certificate on Curriculum and Pedagogy in Higher Education

Dr. Stephen Lim is among the select group of NUS faculty members recently nominated and sponsored by the NUS Office of the Provost to undergo the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Leadership Certificate on Curriculum and Pedagogy in Higher Education program by the University of British Columbia. This program prepares academic leaders to develop expertise for scholarly approaches to, and the scholarship of, teaching, learning, and curriculum practices in contextually–bound higher education settings. Dr. Lim is the very first FASS colleague to have successfully completed the program.

We congratulate Dr. Lim on making this significant milestone.

Dr. Stephen Lim wins Appreciation Award at NUS Sports Awards 2015

Dr. Stephen Lim, NUS Sports Awards 2015 Awardee
Dr. Stephen Lim, NUS Sports Awards 2015 Awardee

The NUS Sports Awards 2015 Ceremony was held at the University Town on 25 September 2015, graced by NUS Deputy President (Academic Affairs) and Provost Professor Tan Eng Chye.

We congratulate our Assistant Dean, Dr. Stephen Lim, for being one of only two recipients of the 2015 Supportive Staff Award. In addition to meeting and guiding FASS Sports Scholars regularly, Dr. Lim inspires and empowers student athletes beyond his classroom and research lab.

Dr. Lim comments: “In my view, holistic educational experiences are important. My wish is for FASS and NUS students to excel not just academically and in student-led research, but also in such areas as sports, the performing arts, and community work. I particularly wish, on this occasion, that many more deserving students will come to benefit from the NUS Sports Scholarships and Grants. I look forward to continually contributing towards NUS’s educational landscape in as many diverse ways as are within my capacities.”

Congratulations again, Dr. Lim.

Congratulations to all FASS National Day Award Recipients!

National Day Awards are a means of recognising various forms of merit and service to the nation. This year, a total of 3,888 individuals in 23 award categories received National Day Honours.

We are pleased to announce the following National Day Honours awarded to our FASS faculty and staff members.  Our warmest congratulations to:


Prof Brenda Yeoh
Dean, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences


Assoc Prof Chan Wai Meng
Associate Professor, Centre for Language Studies


Ms Karen Chan May Ling
Associate Director, Dean’s Office


Mdm Koh (Chong) Mui Gek
Management Assistant Officer, Department of Geography


Dr Alexander Lee Earn Yung
Senior Lecturer, Department of Social Work

Assoc Prof Maribeth Erb Mucek
Associate Professor, Department of Sociology

Mdm Yuen Sau Yoong
Management Assistant Officer, Centre for Language Studies

Congratulations to our faculty members!

FASS is pleased to announce that the following faculty members have been appointed as Chair Professors, in recognition of their outstanding and impactful scholarly accomplishments, which are internationally acknowledged.  The appointments are for a period of 3 years from 1 July 2015 to 30 June 2018.  The Faculty looks forward to their continued leadership and successful contributions to the growing international profile and standing of the University:

  • Professor Jonathan Rigg, Department of Geography, Raffles Professor in Social Sciences
  • Professor Sun Yeneng, Department of Economics, Goh Keng Swee Professor
  • Professor Julian Wright, Head, Department of Economics: Lim Chong Yah Professor
  • Professor Jean Yeung, Department of Sociology: Provost’s Chair

The University is also pleased to extend the term of the following Provost’s Chairs:

  • Professor Chua Beng Huat, Department of Sociology
  • Professor Lily Kong, Department of Geography
  • Professor Brenda Yeoh, Department of Geography

The Faculty is also pleased to announce that Associate Professor Maurizio Peleggi, Department of History has been awarded the William Lim Siew Wai Fellowship in Cultural Studies in Asia for a period of one year from 1 July 2015 to 30 June 2016.

Authored Books by FASS Faculty Members (Jan-June 2015)

Interested in the Cold War or where and when consciousness exists? Want to learn about resistance activists in colonial Malaya or the politics of infrastructure investment in Indonesia? FASS faculty write about these and many more fascinating topics in this collection of 13 authored books published during the first half of 2015:

Congratulations to Professor Ten Chin Liew!

Prof Ten Chin Liew was conferred the title Emeritus Professor on 17 April 2015 in recognition of his sterling contributions and distinguished service to scholarship and the University.

Prof Ten has accumulated over 25 years of service to the University, including 7½ years as Head of the Department of Philosophy and countless hours as a dedicated and inspiring teacher and supervisor. He is also a Fellow at both the Australian Academy of the Humanities and the Academy of Social Services.

Prof Ten is widely recognised as one of the world’s leading authorities, if not the leading authority on the political philosophy of John Stuart Mill. His ideas have influenced the likes of other notable philosophers such as H.L.A. Hart, Joseph Raz, Nigel Walker and Wayne Summer, just to name a few. Prof Ten had also contributed nationally in the areas of bioethics and laboratory animal research.

On receiving the Emeritus Professorship, Prof Ten says: “I am delighted and honoured to be given this Award. My association with NUS and its predecessors goes back a very long way. I was a freshman at the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur in 1957. I graduated with B.A. (Hons) in Philosophy from the University of Malaya in Singapore in 1961. My first full-time academic appointment was to the Philosophy Department, University of Singapore, in 1964.”

“Since then I have taught at Monash University in Australia and at the National University of Singapore. In Singapore, I have greatly enjoyed teaching a wide range of courses, both undergraduate and graduate, in the Philosophy Department and the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy. I look forward to my continued association with NUS.”

On behalf of the University, NUS Provost Prof Tan Eng Chye presented a goldfish plaque as a token of appreciation for Prof Ten. The poem at the lower left of the plaque reads:

Nine goldfish swimming happily all day long
Up to the fragrant lotus in the pond
When the time is right and the wind
Begins to blow, their dreams will come true
Lo and Behold.”

Auspiciously significant to the Chinese, the goldfish signifies wealth and abundance while the lotus is a symbol of purity and fruitfulness due to its ability to flourish even in muddy water.

Our heartiest congratulations to Prof Ten once again!

prof ten and provost

NUS Provost Prof Tan Eng Chye, presenting the goldfish plaque to Prof Ten
(Photo credit: Nicholas Cai)


Prof Ten (4th from right), NUS Provost Prof Tan Eng Chye (right), FASS Dean Prof Brenda Yeoh (2nd from right), FASS Director of Administration Mr Mark Teng (left, first row), Prof Chong Chi Tat, Head of the Department of Philosophy A/P Michael Pelczar and the faculty from the Department of Philosophy at the award ceremony.

STARS Awards and Lohei Dinner 2015

Alongside the myriad of awards honouring members of the Faculty, the FASS STARS Awards and Lohei Dinner (2015) also saw the inauguration of the Distinguished Arts and Social Sciences Alumni Award. Befitting NUS’ 110th and Singapore’s 50th year respectively, the inaugural recipients comprise eight outstanding alumni from FASS whose illustrious achievements and careers have shaped the landscape of the Faculty, University, Singapore and beyond.


Prof Lily Kong, Vice-Provost (Academic Personnel) (fourth from left) poses with the recipients of the Distinguished Arts and Social Sciences Alumni Awards, including (from left): Prof Mahbubani, Prof Wang, Mrs Tan, Mr Edmund Baker (who received the award on behalf of his father Prof Baker), Prof Yeoh, Ambassador Chan, Mr Hochstadt and Mr Yap

The Distinguished Arts and Social Sciences Alumni Award (Lifetime Achievement) was conferred upon former President Mr S R Nathan (Class ‘54) for his outstanding contributions. Seven other exceptional alumni were also recognised. They are:

  • Professor Maurice Baker (Class of ’41)
  • Professor Wang Gungwu (Class of ’53, ’56)
  • Mr Herman Ronald Hochstadt (Class of ’58)
  • Mrs Tan Suan Imm (Class of ’61)
  • Ambassador Chan Heng Chee (Class of ’64, ’74)
  • Mr Yap Boh Tiong (Class of ’69, ’73)
  • Professor Kishore Mahbubani (Class of ’71)

Additionally, 124 FASS STARS (Service, Teaching, Alumni, Research and Long Service) Awards were presented to faculty and staff to celebrate their remarkable achievements and years of dedication. The Faculty Research Award recognises excellent staff achievements and encourages quality research; the Faculty Teaching Excellence Award is given to faculty members who have displayed a high level of commitment to their teaching; the FASS Service Award honours administrative staff for their excellent service attitude; and the Long Service Award commemorates the long-term commitment and loyalty of employees who have achieved significant milestones with the Faculty.


Faculty members, staff and guests alike joined in the tossing of Yu Sheng

The 2015 STARS Awards coincided with the Faculty’s Lunar New Year Lohei celebrations and the entertainment provided for the evening augured well with it. A roving silhouette artist, Mr Welles Tan, expertly cut out guests’ side profiles within seconds. FASS’ alumni Jonathan Leong (Class of ’07) belted out Maybe Tonight (whose melody and lyrics he wrote) and the popular Mandarin song Xin Bu Liao Qing.


Silhouette Artist Mr Welles Tan


Jonathan Leong and Jourdan Chang

The highlight of the performances was certainly by mask-changer Li Quanlin. Mr Li piqued the interest of the crowd with his entrance and costume, later on indulging them with a teasing performance; he changed his “face” without touching it!


Mask-Changer Mr Li Quanlin even donned “faces” of popular characters!

All in all, it was a very enjoyable night with good food and great company. Congratulations to all our STARS winners!

These are the names of the recipients for the rest of the awards:

Faculty Research Award Winners





Award for Excellent Researcher


A/P Davin Chor




Award for Promising Researcher


Dr Jessica Pan




Dr Daniel Friess




Dr Woon Chih Yuan





Faculty Teaching Excellence Award Winners (FTEA)


Name Department
Ms Sasiwimol Klayklueng Centre for Language Studies
A/P Chin Kwee Nyet Centre for Language Studies
Ms Rungnapa Kitiarsa Centre for Language Studies
Mr Yuzuru Hamasaki Centre for Language Studies
Dr Ho Chee Lick Chinese Studies
A/P Lee Cheuk Yin Chinese Studies
Dr Iccha Basnyat Communications and New Media
A/P Lee Seow Ting Communications and New Media
Dr Zhang Yang Economics
Dr Aamir Rafique Hashmi Economics
A/P Chia Ngee Choon Economics
Dr Susan Ang English Language and Literature
Dr Gilbert Yeoh English Language and Literature
Prof Goh Boon Hua Robbie English Language and Literature
Dr Anne M. Thell English Language and Literature
Dr Graham Wolfe English Language and Literature
A/P Michelle Lazar English Language and Literature
Dr Tania Roy English Language and Literature
Dr Yosuke Sato English Language and Literature
Dr Daniel Friess Geography
Dr Harvey Neo Geography
Dr Woon Chih Yuan Geography
Prof Brian Farrell History
A/P Maurizio Peleggi History
Dr John P. Dimoia History
Dr Donna Brunero History
A/P Timothy P. Barnard History
Dr Chris Mcmorran Japanese Studies
A/P Noor Aisha Abdul Rahman Malay Studies
Mr Chin Chuan Fei Philosophy
Dr Terence Lee Chek Liang Political Science
Dr Ryan Hong Psychology
Dr Cha Yeow Siah Psychology
Dr Jia Lile Psychology
A/P Trevor Penney Psychology
A/P Esther Goh Chor Leng Social Work
Dr Peace Wong Yuh Ju Social Work
Dr Feng Qiushi Sociology
A/P Joonmo Son Sociology
A/P Irving Johnson Southeast Asian Studies



Special Teaching Award Winners


Name Department Award
A/P Timothy P. Barnard History Educational Leadership Award
A/P Lim Sun Sun Communications & New Media Innovation Award
Ms Sasiwimol Klayklueng Centre for Language Studies Pedagogy Award
Dr Gilbert Yeoh English Language & Literature Students’ Choice Award
Dr Zhang Yang Economics Students’ Choice Award
Dr Suriani Suratman Malay Studies Versatility Award


FASS Service Award Winners (Outstanding Award)

Name Department
Mdm Asma Bevi Binte Abdul Majid Dean’s Office
Ms Loh Poh Yee Psychology
Mrs Rajamani Subramaniam Sociology

FASS Service Award Winners

Name Department
Miss Chan Guek Hong English Language and Literature
Ms Chan May Ling, Karen Undergraduate Studies
Ms Gayathri d/o Dorairaju Communications and New Media
Ms Jamunarani d/o Danakkody Administration
Ms Kanaga d/o Muthuveloo Communications and New Media
Ms Lee Bee Ling Japanese Studies
Mr Lee Choon Yoong Geography
Miss Lee Pei Ying Centre for Language Studies
Mdm Norizan Binti Abdul Majid Communications and New Media
Mdm Shazlina Binte Sahlan English Language and Literature
Miss Soh Gek Han Geography
Miss Wong Pauline Undergraduate Studies

Long Service Award (10 Years)

Name Department
Ms Malwina Baranska Centre for Language Studies
A/P Donald Francis Favareau Communications and New Media
Ms Shirley Koh See Liew Dean’s Office
Mr Teng Mah Kiong Dean’s Office
Mr Jagan s/o Sinnasamy Dean’s Office
A/P Barbara Therese, Ryan English Language & Literature
Dr Tania, Roy English Language & Literature
A/P Wang Yi-Chen Geography
Dr Tang Weng Hong Philosophy
A/P Eddie, Tong Mun Wai Psychology
Mdm Suraya Binte Ahmad Social Work
Dr Muhammad Arafat Bin Mohamad Southeast Asian Studies

Long Service Award (15 Years)

Name Department
A/P Lo Yuet Keung Chinese Studies
A/P Shi Yuzhi Chinese Studies
Ms Karen Chan May Ling Dean’s Office
Ms Colleen Chen Hian Ngo Dean’s Office
Mdm Gayathry Devi d/o Silvarasan Dean’s Office
Mdm Foo Peck Jia Dean’s Office
Ms Susan Khoo Poh Siok Dean’s Office
Mdm Wong Khuan Heng Dean’s Office
Ms Irene Nai Hai Ling Dean’s Office
Mr Tan Eng Tian Dean’s Office
Ms Lim Meng Woan Economics
A/P Shin Jang-Sup Economics
A/P Liu Haoming Economics
Ms Audrey Lee Li Khim English Language & Literature
Mdm Lim Lay Hoon English Language & Literature
A/P Michelle M. Lazar English Language & Literature
A/P Timothy Gwyn Bunnell Geography
A/P Matthias, Roth Geography
Ms Rona Foo Yoke Ling History
A/P Timothy Percy Barnard History
A/P Ian Lewis, Gordon History
A/P Gregory Kevin Clancey History
Mdm Ng Lai Leng Japanese Studies
A/P Hendrik Carl Meyer-Ohle Japanese Studies
A/P Noor Aisha Bte Abdul Rahman Malay Studies
Mr Chin Chuan Fei Philosophy
Mdm Nur Jannah Binte Mohamed South Asian Studies Programme
A/P Gyanesh Kudaisya South Asian Studies Programme
Dr Rajesh Rai South Asian Studies Programme

Long Service Award (20 Years)

Name Department
Mdm Ng Siew Hua Dean’s Office
A/P Grant, Shen Guangren English Language & Literature
Mdm Rohani Binte Sungib Southeast Asian Studies

Long Service Award (25 Years)

Name Department
Mdm Yuen Sau Yoong Centre for Language Studies
Mdm Normah Binte Osman Dean’s Office
Mdm Ng Choai Hia Dean’s Office
Prof Sun Yeneng Economics
A/P Albert Tsui Ka Cheng Economics
A/P Walter Lim Swee Huat English Language & Literature
Dr Peter Tan Kok Wan English Language & Literature
Dr Barnard E. Turner English Language & Literature
A/P Chng Huang Hoon English Language & Literature
Dr Mohd Maliki Bin Osman Social Work

Long Service Award (30 Years)

Name Department
A/P Ismail Talib Bin Said English Language & Literature

Long Service Award (35 Years)

Name Department
A/P Hussin Mutalib Political Science
A/P Bilveer Singh Political Science

Long Service Award (40 Years)

Name Department
Prof Basant Kumar Kapur Economics
A/P Yong Mun Cheong History


Selected Forthcoming Authored Books by FASS Faculty in 2015

FASS professors have authored a number of intriguing books set for release in 2015. Read on to learn about some of them, and do attend our launch events for The Crisis of Gl0bal Modernity and Arts, Culture and the Making of Global Cities if you can.

The Crisis of Global Modernity: Asian Traditions and a Sustainable Future (Cambridge UP, January 2015) by Prasenjit Duara, Professor in the Department of History, is available here. A panel discussion and presentation will be held as a launch event at Seminar Rooms A and B at the Shaw Foundation Building on Friday, January 30th. More information can be found here.

Radicals: Resistance and Mobilization in Colonial Malaya by Syed Aljunied, Associate Professor in the Department of Malay Studies, will be published by Northern Illinois UP in June 2015.

Global Production Networks: Theorizing Economic Development  in an Interconnected World by Neil Coe and Henry Yeung, Professors in the Department of Geography, will be published by Oxford UP in June 2015.

Neoliberal Health Organizing: Communication, Meaning, and Politics by Mohan Dutta, Professor and Head of the Department of Communications and New Media, will be published by Left Coast Press in April 2015.

Cold War Crucible: The Korean Conflict and the Postwar World by Masuda Hajimu, Assistant Professor in the Department of History, will be published by Harvard UP in February 2015.

The Bengal Diaspora: Muslim Migrants in Britain, India and Bangladesh by Annu Jalais, Assistant Professor in the South Asian Studies Programme, with Claire Alexander and Joya Chatterji, will be published by Routledge in March 2015.

Arts, Culture and the Making of Global Cities: Creating New Urban Landscapes in Asia by Lily Kong, Professor in the Department of Geography and Vice-Provost, with Chia-ho Ching and Tsu-Lung Chou, will be published by Edward Elgar in January 2015. A public lecture and launch will be held at the Pod, NLB on Wednesday, February 25th, from 4-6pm, in collaboration with the Singapore Research Nexus and the Centre for Liveable Cities. Details are available here.

Three Centuries of Conflict in East Timor by Douglas Kammen, Assistant Professor in the Department of Southeast Asian Studies, will be published by Rutgers UP in August 2015.

Sensorama: A Phenomenalist Analysis of Spacetime and Its Contents by Michael Pelczar, Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Philosophy, will be published by Oxford UP in March 2015.

Quest for Political Power: Communist Subversion and Militancy in Singapore by Bilveer Singh, Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science, will be published by Marshall Cavendish in February 2015