Dr. Hung Phan and Sebastian Dziallas will join Fulbright University Vietnam’s Founding Faculty.
In January, Fulbright University Vietnam conducted its third faculty recruitment interview.
This is an effort to recruit a strong group of Undergraduate faculty members to nurture the incoming first cohort of undergraduate students (2019-2023).
Similar to the previous two faculty recruitment interviews conducted in 2017 and 2018, Fulbright University Vietnam attracted remarkably strong applicants with years of teaching experience from many parts of the world.
The classroom simulation format was applied again this time with the participation of our Co-Design Year students and a group of high school students who registered to help Fulbright recruit new members.
The classes taught by our potential candidates still managed to inspire and excite this group of students.
On this note, we would like to thank all the students who came during the two days of the recruitment process.
We hope that by helping us, you could also learn more about us and consider us as a destination of choice for your university decision.
The new faculty members recruited from this interview round will join our founding faculty team to develop curriculums and academic programs for the Co-Design Year students and the new group of students who will join us this coming September.
Graeme Walker, a behavioral economist from Simon Fraser University in Canada, and Dr. Andrew Bellisari, a historian from Harvard University in the United States, have joined the Founding Faculty of Fulbright University Vietnam.
Graeme Walker was trained as an economist at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada where he completed his PhD in 2015. His research interests lie at the cross-section of psychology, sociology and neuroscience – commonly referred to as behavioural economics.
Graeme first became interested in behavioural economics while participating in experiments as a graduate student. Graeme’s inability to select a Nash Equilibrium in many of these experiments made him start wondering why.
It was this experience that led to a research agenda investigating how various aspects of our psyche could lead people to hold different beliefs on how they should behave. His research suggests how different psychological factors – such as cognitive dissonance – drive social phenomena including conformity, homophily and polarization – that ultimately affect decisions made in financial, commercial, and political markets.
“I am truly excited and proud to be joining FUV. This is really the opportunity of a lifetime. Where else will you have the opportunity to work in an entrepreneurial environment at a university? This spirit at FUV is something I look forward to being a part of.”
Over the past four years, Graeme has lectured in Ho Chi Minh City.
During this time, he has taught thousands of Vietnamese students in undergraduate courses related to statistics and economics as well as MBA courses in strategy and operations management. He has also supervised a number of MBA research projects on topics related to foreign managers in Vietnam, power structures in Vietnamese organizations and open innovation in Vietnamese SMEs.
In his free time, you will find Graeme spending time with his wife, Sarah, and three-year-old son, Ben, exploring Ho Chi Minh City.
Dr. Andrew Bellisari received his Ph.D in Modern European History at Harvard University. While studying at Harvard, he was also an affiliate of the Center for European Studies and the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. Currently, Dr. Bellisari is a research associate at the Harvard Kennedy School.
Dr. Bellisari first experience with Fulbright came when he was selected to be a U.S. State Department Fulbright scholarship recipient at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (School of Higher Studies in Social Sciences) in Paris where he studied postcolonial theory and the history of colonialism.
As a past recipient of a Fulbright fellowship, Andrew looks forward to promoting the core values that characterize both the Fulbright program and the mission of Fulbright University Vietnam: a dedication to international and intercultural education, an emphasis on fostering global reach and local engagement, and a commitment to cultivating interdisciplinary dialogue.
“As a historian, I am committed to the idea of re-evaluating older narratives to reveal new perspectives. For that reason, I am drawn to Fulbright University Vietnam’s mission, not only for the opportunities it provides to re-imagine the university, but also for the possibilities it offers to re-imagine how we can teach history.”
Dr. Bellisari’s research explores the political and cultural processes (and consequences) of decolonization across the French empire, particularly in North Africa and he has published his work in the Journal of Contemporary History and the Journal of North African Studies.
His current book project, The Loose Ends of Empire: Cultures of Decolonization in France and Algeria, examines the material complexities of decolonization in French Algeria to understand how transfers of power operate and postcolonial sovereignty is constructed on a local level.
At FUV, Andrew will begin researching his next project, which will explore the trans-imperial network of colonial subjects who fought in the French army during the First Indochina War (1946-1954).
Dr. Bellisari speaks Arabic, French, and German; and he holds a bachelor’s degree in History and French from Rutgers University.
Hung has conducted scientific research since 2005 in a variety of topics ranging from analytical chemistry to environmental engineering and materials science. His most current research, during his PhD (2011-2016) and postdoc (2016-2018) at University of California Santa Barbara, involves in understanding the nanoscale properties and device physics of organic electronic materials and devices.
Over the years, Hung has been advising and mentoring many high-school students, undergraduate students and PhD students. In 2016, Hung established and led an independent volunteer research group to assess the pollution level in seawater, ocean sediment and seafood in the central coast of Vietnam after the mass fish death caused by Formosa’s discharge.
Prior to experiencing PhD life in the US, Hung spent about a year working in Ho Chi Minh city for a French sporting goods company.
Before that, Hung obtained his Master degree in Environmental Science and Engineering from Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology (GIST) in Korea from 2007-2009, then worked there for one year in a research and development center for seawater desalination plant.
From 2002-2006, Hung studied in the Honor Program for his Bachelor degree in Chemistry at Hanoi University of Science. From 2004-2007, Hung did research at the Center for Environmental Technology and Sustainable Development.
“When I was struggling to find a job which I surely enjoy, Fulbright came to my attention and immediately sparked my enthusiasm,” he said. “Joining Fulbright is really exciting for me in many ways, and particularly in two aspects.
Firstly, this project truly introduces a nonconventional concept of college education in Vietnam that promisingly helps young Vietnamese generations to grow and do things that matter. Secondly, I genuinely love the collaborative, innovative, evolving and dynamic working environment of Fulbright.”
Sebastian Dziallas is a PhD student in the Computing Education Research Group in the School of Computing at the University of Kent.
His research examines characteristics of computer science graduates and uses a highly qualitative, narrative methodology to explore the sense graduates make of their own educational experiences within their wider learning trajectories.
Before joining the School, he graduated from Olin College of Engineering in the United States.
“I’m thrilled to be joining Fulbright University Vietnam. This is an incredibly exciting opportunity to build a new university from a blank slate. I look forward to working with students, faculty, and staff and to develop the curriculum – particularly in user-centered design and computing, as well as through interdisciplinary efforts.
In doing so, I’ll draw on my experiences at Olin College and my research on the stories students tell about their own learning experiences,” Dziallas shared.
Dr. Aaron Anderson is an international scholar having taught at the American University of Phnom Penh in Cambodia, Podomoro University in Jakarta, Indonesia, and most recently with the New York Institute of Technology housed at the Communication University of China in Beijing.
Dr. Anderson has conducted research on contemporary literature and cinema. In his courses, he challenges students to think about themselves and the world around them through literature, film, public speaking, and contemporary case studies.
“This work, aimed at preparing students to critically understand the world around them from a variety of perspectives and to embrace the myriad challenges of the contemporary moment, is vitally important to the youth of Vietnam and the success of this rapidly developing and globalizing region,” Dr. Anderson said. “I am thrilled to be joining Fulbright to work with students to create innovative programs and experiences that break down traditional boundaries of higher education.”
He hopes to continue to research and teach subjects that include the pedagogies of L2 writing, literature, and critical theory, Southeast Asian popular culture at the intersection of mythology, religion, and (post)colonialism, as well as popular street cultures including punk, hip hop, and street art.
Dr. Anderson holds a Ph.D. in Literature from the University of California, San Diego, an M.A. in Literature and a B.A. in Literature and Film & Digital Media from the University of California, Santa Cruz.
““I am thrilled to be joining Fulbright University Vietnam to work with students to create innovative programs and experiences that break down traditional boundaries of higher education.” – Dr. Anderson said.”
Before joining Fulbright, Dr. Nguyen Nam was a lecturer of the University of Social Sciences and Humanities (USSH), Vietnam National University in Ho Chi Minh City since 1986, and the USSH’s former Chairperson of the Division of East Asian Studies (1993-1994), and Division of Chinese Studies (2010-2012).
Between 1986 and 1994, he worked as a lecturer in pre-modern Vietnamese literature and Vietnamese language at the Ho Chi Minh City University. He has also taught courses in Vietnamese pre-modern writing systems, including both classical Chinese (read with Sino-Vietnamese pronunciation) and the Vietnamese demotic script Nôm.
After earning his MA (Regional Studies – East Asia) and PhD (East Asian Languages and Civilizations, or EALC) from Harvard in 1996 and 2005 respectively, Nguyen Nam worked as the manager of the Academic Program of the Harvard-Yenching Institute (HYI) from 2004 to 2010.
He also served as Nôm Instructor for Independent Studies of Harvard’s EALC in the academic years of 1999-2000 and 2007-2008. In one of his books, Phiên dịch học lịch sử – văn hóa: Trường hợp Truyền kỳ mạn lục (Historical and Cultural Translation Studies – The Case of Truyền kỳ mạn lục, Vietnam National University in Ho Chi Minh City, 2002), he examines translation issues regarding textual transmission and reception in particular historical and cultural contexts.
Nam has also conducted his research in East Asian countries, such as Japan (as a Visiting Fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, 2016-2017), and Taiwan (as a Visiting Fellow/Scholar of Taiwan Center for Chinese Studies, 1999 and 2011). During the summer of 2013, as visiting professor he taught in the Department of Languages and Cultures of Southeast Asia, Asian African Institute, Hamburg University.
He has also served as lecturer for Overseas Study Program of Loyola University Chicago in Ho Chi Minh City since 2012. His research interests focus on comparative literature (dealing mainly with East Asian countries), translation studies, and adaptation studies. He is currently an associate of the HYI.