Chad Flanders, J.D., an associate professor of law, joined the ranks of more than 1,100 U.S. faculty and professional honored by the Fulbright U.S. Scholars Program in 2012-2013. Grant recipients are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields.
|Chad Flanders, J.D.|
Flanders is currently a Visiting Fulbright Lecturer at the law school at Nanjing University in Nanjing, China, where he is teaching courses in American Criminal Law and Procedure, American Constitutional Law, and the Philosophy of Law.
In addition to teaching classes, Flanders also is giving a series of lectures about criminal law in China and the U.S., including the death penalty and the idea of the "rule of law."
Interest in the American presidential race has also led to a lecture that will examine elections and democracy.
Getting to know his students and immersing himself in their learning styles has proved an interesting experience for Flanders.
"I have about 30 students in each class who are either senior undergraduates or for the most part in law school," Flanders said. "They are very smart and eager but tend to be on the quiet side."
Flanders adds that the usual model of Chinese education is top-down and mostly lecture whereas his approach is trying to engage students in conversation. He adds that language also presents some interesting moments.
"All of the students speak English, but in varying degrees. There are at least five students in every class that are perfectly fluent and catch on to everything - even my jokes," Flanders said.
And what about daily life and culture in a major Chinese city? Flanders said it is pretty much as we see it pictured - very crowded, polluted and busy.
"China is going through an industrial revolution at warp speed. It's neat to see that happen - sometimes directly outside my apartment door - where they are simultaneously building a new hi-rise and expanding the subway system. Someone joked to me recently that the Chinese national bird is the construction crane - and it's true."
Flanders will return to SLU at the end of the year.
About the Fulbright Scholars Program
The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries. The primary source of funding for the Fulbright Program is an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations and foundations in foreign countries and in the United States also provide direct and indirect support.