(Ph.D., Princeton University) Associate Dean Bill Tsutsui served as acting director of KU's Center for East Asian Studies (1999-2001, 2004), chair of the Department of History (2007-2008), and the founding executive director of the Confucius Institute at the University of Kansas (2006-2008) before becoming associate dean in 2008. His research and teaching focus on the business, environmental, and cultural history of 20th century Japan. His current projects include studies of the environmental impact of World War II on Japan, the globalization of Japanese popular culture, and sports in Japanese history. Associate Dean Tsutsui has been a faculty fellow at KU's Center for Teaching Excellence, received a 2001 W.T. Kemper Award for Teaching Excellence, and has won KU's Steeples Faculty Award for service to the people of Kansas and the George and Eleanor Woodyard International Educator Award.