AAPI Researcher Accepts Endowed Chair Position at UCLA - Higher Education: A leading scholar in the study of disparities among Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders in higher education will likely get a boost in his research due to a forthcoming move to California, which has the country’s largest AAPI population.
Effective this fall, Dr. Robert Teranishi will be the inaugural holder of the Morgan and Helen Chu Endowed Chair in Asian American Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles, where AAPI students make up 36 percent of the 27,000-plus undergraduates. Teranishi has also accepted an appointment as professor of education in UCLA’s graduate school of education and information studies. He will be leaving his post as associate professor of higher education at New York University.
Since Teranishi’s research is in a young academic field, his move to the West Coast could raise the overall profile of the entire discipline, he says.