Japan Studies Institute Awards Fellowship to TROY Librarian

Posted: Monday, 03 March 2008

DOTHAN – A Troy University librarian is among twenty educators nationwide selected to receive a fellowship from the Japan Studies Institute (JSI). The fellowship will allow Chris Shaffer, library director at the Dothan Campus, to travel to San Diego, Cal., this summer to learn about modern Japan.

Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Troy University chancellor, nominated Shaffer for the program. The three-week summer institute exposes participants to Japanese language, history and culture, along with information about the nation’s educational system and government. JSI is designed for university faculty, administrators and librarians without a Japanese studies background.

Shaffer joined the staff at Troy University in 2005 as a reference librarian on the Troy Campus, before becoming director of the Dothan Campus Library in 2006. Previously, he taught high school history in Augusta, Pelham and Dahlonega, Ga., and English as a Second Language in Banska, Bystrica, Slovakia.

Last summer, Shaffer travelled to Germany on a scholarship from the Goethe Institute. He is a three-time participant in the institute’s Transatlantic Outreach Program.

Troy University library patrons will benefit from Shaffer’s international exposure. He is currently developing a collection on German history and plans to purchase additional titles related to Japan.

Shaffer holds a bachelor’s degree in history and master’s degrees in social studies education and library and information studies, along with an education specialist degree in administration. He is a member of the American, Southeastern and Alabama Library Associations, the Association of College and Research Libraries, the ALA New Members Roundtable and the Southern Historical Association.


Troy University Library Director Chris Shaffer is one of twenty Japan Studies Institute Fellows in the nation. Shaffer will travel to California this summer to learn about Japan.