Illinois Wesleyan Sociologist Named Executive Director of ASIANetwork
June 6, 2005
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. - Teodora (Teddy) O. Amoloza, professor of sociology at Illinois
Wesleyan University, has been named executive director of ASIANetwork, a consortium
of more than 160 liberal arts institutions in North America whose mission is to stimulate
the study of Asia and to strengthen the role of Asian Studies within the framework
of a liberal arts education.
A member of the Illinois Wesleyan faculty since 1990, Amoloza is a native of the Philippines.
She earned her bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of the Philippines,
Los Baos, and her Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.
Formerly director of Illinois Wesleyan's interdisciplinary program in international
studies, Amoloza teaches a course in the peoples and cultures of Southeast Asia, women
in international development as well as social statistics and methods of social research.
Amoloza has been active in ASIANetwork, having served on its Board of Directors from
1996-1999, and since 1998 as director of the Freeman-funded Student-Faculty Fellows
Program, which supports innovative research projects in Asia.
In 2000, Amoloza received the DuPont Award for Teaching Excellence, the highest faculty
honor at the university.
ASIANetwork began in April 1992, when representatives from more than 45 liberal arts
colleges with an interest in Asian studies met in Colorado Springs, Colo., and Pinehurst,
N.C., to explore ways to strengthen the study of Asia on their campuses. Grants from
The Henry Luce Foundation, The Ford Foundation, The Japan Foundation and The Freeman
Foundation have enabled ASIANetwork to expand its activities and to provide consultation
and training for member institutions.