Nov. 3, 2006
Dr. Greg Guelcher, associate professor of history and political science at Morningside College, was recently elected to serve a three-year term as executive secretary for the Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs (MCAA) during their annual meeting held Oct. 20-22, at the University of Wisconsin in Madison.
The MCAA is the largest and oldest regional Asian studies organization in the United States with roughly 350 members from all regions and disciplines represented within Asian Studies in the Midwest. The organization provides forums for scholars and teachers of Asian Studies to gather and exchange knowledge about the history and cultures of Asia, with the goal of encouraging Asian studies and promoting increased understanding of Asia and its peoples. The MCAA is a regional conference of the Association for Asian Studies (AAS).
As executive secretary, Guelcher will be responsible for planning and organizing the annual conference in coordination with the Asian Studies Center at the host institution, manage the conferences’ budget, assist in overseeing the MCAA’s Web site, serve as liaison to the AAS, and plan and chair a special meeting at the national conference of the AAS.
Guelcher joined Morningside’s faculty in 1996, specializing in Asian and Middle Eastern history and culture. He has studied in Tokyo, Yokohama, and Hong Kong, served as a visiting research scholar at the University of Tokyo’s Institute of Oriental Culture, and as a guest lecturer at the Toyama City International Center’s International Speech Academy in Japan.
Guelcher received his master’s degree and his doctorate from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his bachelor’s degree from the College of Wooster, Ohio.