Education, Appointments and Awards

Educational Background:

1988 - B.A. Honours, First Class (Direct Honours), National University of Singapore

1989 - M.A., National University of Singapore

1993 - Ph.D., The University of Chicago

 Scholarships, Medals, Awards (Select List):

OCBC Gold Medal (Best First-Year Student in Arts Faculty, NUS), Literature Book Prize, Philosophy Book Prize (best first-year student in Literature, and in Philosophy, NUS), Wee Kheng Chiang Scholarship, 1985/86

Koh Yen Bock Scholarship (based on second-year undergraduate results), 1986/87

Special English Department Book Prize (based on third-year undergraduate results), 1987/88

NUS Overseas Graduate Scholarship (1989-1993)

British Council/NUS Travel Grant (1995)

Fulbright Fellowship (1998)

Five FASS Faculty Excellent Teacher Awards (FTEA): in 2006, 2009, 2010, 2013 and 2014

Two NUS Annual Teaching Excellence Awards (ATEA): in 2008/09, and 2012/13

Public Administration Medal (Bronze), National Day Awards 2012

National Council of Social Service Long Service Award (for 5 years voluntary service to community)

Two Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Excellent Performance in Research Awards: in 2012, and 2013

 

Employment History:

1988-93 Senior Tutor, Department of English Language and Literature, National University of Singapore

1994-98 Lecturer, Department of English Language and Literature, National University of Singapore

1999-2001 Senior Lecturer, Department of English Language and Literature, National University of Singapore

2002-2011  Associate Professor, Department of English Language and Literature, National University of Singapore

2011-present Professor, Department of English Language and Literature, National University of Singapore
 

Appointments/Service in NUS:

Major Appointments

Dean, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (2017-present)

Vice-Dean, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (2010-2015)

Head, Department of English Language and Literature (2004-2010)

Deputy Director, Asia Research Institute (2008-2010)

Deputy Director, NUS Centre for the Arts (1994-1995)

 

Other Appointments/Committee Work

1994-95 - Assistant Director, NUS Centre for the Arts

1996-1999 Assistant Head, Department of English Language and Literature

1997-2000 Assistant Director, Centre for Advanced Studies (and Deputy Chairman, Publications Committee)

1998-2000 Member, University Core Curriculum Committee (and Co-ordinator of Sub-committee on Literature and the Arts)

1999-2000 Sub-Dean, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

2001-2004 Deputy Head, Department of English Language and Literature

2004-2008 ARI Associate, Religion and Globalisation Research Cluster

2004-2007 Member, Faculty Conference Committee

2006 Member, NUS Extension (NEX) Review Committee

20092012 Member, FASS Cities Cluster Steering Committee

2014-2016 Member, Faculty Promotion and Tenure Committee

 

Visiting Appointments:

Visiting Fulbright Fellow, Department of English, University of Washington (1998)

Visiting Scholar, Department of English, University of Sydney (2000)

Visiting Research Fellow, Department of English, University of Birmingham (2000/2001)

 Editorial Board Memberships

Editorial Board Member, Semiotica (2013-present)

Co-Chief Editor, ARI-Springer Book Series (2009-2016)

Editorial Advisory Board Member, The Open Urban Studies Journal, Bentham Science Publishers (2007-2014)

Editorial Advisory Board Member, The Open Geography Journal, Bentham Science Publishers (2007-2015)

Advisory Editor (South-east Asian Anglophone Studies), Annotated Bibliography of English Studies (ABES)
based in University of East Anglia. (1997-2005)

Editorial Committee Member, Times Publishing, Literature and Drama Cluster Committee(2002-2004)

Editorial Board Member, Lemmata (Electronic Journal) - 2000-present

Editorial Board Member, H-SEASIA (1999-2002)

Co-founding Editor, Hybridity (International Refereed Journal based in the National University of Singapore,
published by Oxford University Press) - 1996-2000

Refereeing and Reviewing

Reviewer for the following journals and presses (all by invitation):

Signs
Meridians
Cultural Politics
Inter-Asia Cultural Studies
Urban Geography

Social Semiotics
Journal of Commonwealth Literature 

The Open Urban Studies Journal

Journal of Southeast Asian Studies

Population, Space and Place

City and Society

Body & Society

Culture and Religion

Theory Culture & Society

MOSAIC: Journal for the Interdisciplinary Study of Literature

Semiotica

Asian Journal of Social Science

Genre: Forms of Discourse and Culture

Asian Studies: Journal of Critical Perspectives on Asia

ARIEL: A Review of International English Literatures

Wenshan Review of Literature and Culture

Journal of Intercultural Studies

ARI Working Paper Series

Springer

Hong Kong University Press

Institute of Southeast Asian Studies Press

 

Literary Assessor for Publishing Grants, National Arts Council

External Reviewer for Hong Kong Universities Research Grants Council, and Belgium Fund for Scientific Research

External Grant Reviewer for Belgian Fund for Scientific research (FRS-FNRS)

Visiting Committee Member, Review of English Programme at Sultan Qaboos University Oman (2016)

 

 

Public Service/Committees/Consultancies outside University:

Singapore Representative and elected Vice-President, ASEAN Literature Workshop Planning Committee (Manila, 1994)

Leader of Singapore Delegation to the Second ASEAN Universities Arts Council Meeting (Brunei, 1997)

Chief Judge, Montblanc-NUS Centre for the Arts Literature Awards (1996, 1997, 1998)

Member, National Arts Council Committee on Arts Education (1996-1997).

Member, National Book Development Council (1995, 1996)

Linguistic Editor for Ministry of Education Social Studies Packages (2001, 2005-2008)

Linguistic Consultant for OCBC Corporate Communications Group (2005-2009)

Chair of Organizing Committee, NUS CFA-MOE GEB Creative Arts Camp 2003 and 2004, and Editorial Advisor to the
Eye on the World: Engaging Ourselves anthology

Member of Singapore Nominating Committee, SEA Write Award (2003, 2006)

Member of Judging Panel and Co-line Manager, NUS-FASS and The Old Parliament House Writing Fellowship (2004-2010)

Member of Advisory Committee for Programmes (English Language and Literature), Singapore Institute of Management (2005-2012)

Member of MOE CPDB Secondary Literature Text Selection Advisory Panel (2006, 2010)

Board of Directors of Metropolitan YMCA (co-opted member 2007-2009, full member 20092016; 2nd Vice-President, 2012-2016)

Council Member, National Council of YMCAs of Singapore (2009-2016)

Council Member, English Language Institute of Singapore (2011-2013)