Hong Gang Jin, the William R. Kenan Professor of East Asian Languages and Literature and director of the Associated Colleges in China program, was the recipient of the 2013 Walton Award given by the National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages (NCOLCTL). The award was presented on April 27 during the annual international conference of NCOLCTL in Chicago.
According to the NCOLCTL website, the award is presented annually to “an individual whose career has been distinguished by selfless service and noteworthy contributions to the fostering of less commonly taught language initiatives.”
Jin’s award letter called attention to her years of “dedicated services to the field of LCTLs, the many workshops [she has] volunteered to lead for teachers of LCTLs, the strong Startalk and study abroad programs [she’s] built at Hamilton College which now serve as model programs nationwide and the many LCTL task forces that [Jin has] participated in nationally.”
The letter also noted that Jin’s selection was influenced by her “research, teaching, and services [that] were not only for Chinese and Chinese language instructors, but for LCTLs in general,” saying that her “career exemplifies a life time devoted to promoting all LCTLs in the nation.”