Professor Schencking, John Charles 史樂文
Charles Schencking is a historian of modern Japan who has published widely on the 1923 Great Kantō Earthquake, the Japanese navy, natural disasters, and war, state, and society. Before joining the University of Hong Kong, he was an Associate Professor at the University of Melbourne, a British Academy post-doc at Cambridge University, and a Yasuda Banking and Trust fellow. Charles is currently the Public Orator, University of Hong Kong, and Mace Bearer for Arts Faculty Congregations. Charles has served as Chairperson of the Arts Faculty Board, as a member of the university Senate, and as a member of the university Court. As an immense beneficiary of international exchanges throughout his life, Charles also works closely with the Faculty of Arts Exchange Programme, which encourages and assists students to undertake international exchange as part of their undergraduate studies.
Charles has adopted a research-led teaching approach to his undergraduate portfolio, offering courses that reflect his research passions in 20th century Japanese history, the history of natural disasters, humanitarianism, Japanese-American relations, and war. His teaching seeks to empower students to develop and articulate original, evidence-based ideas and opinions about the past in clear, concise, and persuasive ways. Charles has been awarded a host of prestigious teaching awards including the HKU Faculty of Arts Teaching Excellence Award in 2010, the Australian Learning and Teaching Council's Australian Higher Education Teacher of the Year Award, Early Career Category in 2006, and the 2006 University of Melbourne Barbara Falk Teaching Award that recognized the university's outstanding teacher from among the Arts, Law, Education, and Music faculties.
Over the course of his career, Charles has secured generous research funding from the British Academy, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Australian Research Council, the Hong Kong Research Grants Council, and the Japan Foundation.
History is the discipline that best enables Charles to better understand humanity. He strives to convey this through his teaching and research.
|Awardees||Award Date||Honours / Awards / Prizes||Category|
|2005-06-01||Teacher of the Year, Arts Faculty: University of Melbourne, Arts Faculty||Teaching Accomplishment|
|2006-04-01||The Barbara Falk Teaching Award (Selected as the Teacher of the Year from the Faculties of Arts, Education, Law, and Music): The University of Melbourne||Teaching Accomplishment|
|2001-01-01||National Endowment for the Humanities Research Fellow, Department of Education, United States Government: National Endowment for the Humanities Research Fellow, Department of Education, United States Government||Research Achievement|
|2006-11-01||Teacher of the Year in Australian Higher Education-Early Career Category: The Carrick Institute for Learning and Teaching in Australian Higher Education (now known as Australian Teaching and Learning Council)||Teaching Accomplishment|
|2010-11-01||Outstanding Teaching Award, Faculty of Arts, The University of Hong Kong: Faculty of Arts, The University of Hong Kong||Teaching Accomplishment|
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