Academic Profile

Academic Profile

Prof Chan Kam Leung Alan

Dean, College of Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences
Vice President (Alumni and Advancement), President's Office

College Dean's Office

College of Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences

Email: ALANCHAN@NTU.EDU.SG
Phone: (+65)67906983/65148346
Office: HSS-05-60A

Education
  • PhD University of Toronto 1986
  • MA University of Manitoba 1981
  • BA University of Winnipeg 1978
Biography
Professor Alan Chan is Vice President (Alumni and Advancement) and Dean of the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (CoHASS). A professor of philosophy, he is the Toh Puan Mahani Idris Daim Chair Professor of Humanities at NTU Singapore.

He joined NTU in October 2009 as Dean of CoHASS, where he has been instrumental in the growth of the College. On 1 January 2018, he was concurrently appointed Vice President for Alumni and Advancement to oversee the Univesity’s engagement of its 222,500-strong alumni from 154 countries, and to build awareness, relationships and support for NTU's education, research and public service activities.

Before joining NTU in late 2009, he was Professor of Philosophy and Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education at the National University of Singapore (NUS). While at NUS, he was twice awarded the Teaching Excellence Award.

Professor Chan is a member of the Founding Editorial Board, Oxford Bibliographies of Chinese Studies; member of the Board of Directors, Consortium of Humanities Centres and Institutes; Chairman of the Board of Directors, Confucius Institute, NTU; member of the Board of Directors, International Confucian Association; member of the International Advisory Panel, Asia Competiveness Institute, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, NUS; member of the Editorial Board, Journal of Daoist Studies (USA) and Frontiers of Daoist Studies (China); and member of several other Boards. Previously, he served on the Board of Directors, Singapore Examination and Assessment Board (2007–2010).

His recent publications include “From Uncrowned King to the Sage of Profound Greatness: Confucius and the Analects in Early Medieval China” in Companion to Confucius (2017); “Rujia sixiang zhong de xiao de pubianxing he wenhua texing” 儒家思想中的孝的普遍性和文化特性 (Universality and Cultural Specificity of Filial Piety in Confucian Philosophy) (2016); and “The Art of Hearing and the Promise of Harmony in Confucian Self-Cultivation” in New Directions in Chinese Philosophy (2014). He has also developed a Massive Open Online Course, Explorations in Confucian Philosophy.

Professor Chan has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Toronto, University of Washington, University of Yangon, Kyoto University and Chinese University of Hong Kong.

He received his PhD from the University of Toronto, Canada, in Chinese and comparative philosophy and religion.
Research Interests
Chinese Philosophy and Religion; Hermeneutics and Critical Theory; Comparative Philosophy and Religion
Current Projects
  • NTU Forum on Chinese Philosophy
Selected Publications
  • Alan K. L. Chan.(2011). Harmony as a Contested Metaphor and Conceptions of Rightness (Yi) in Early Confucian Ethics. How Should One Live? Comparing Ethics in Ancient China and Greco-Roman Antiquity(37–62). Berlin: De Gruyter.
  • Alan K. L. Chan. (2011). Interpretations of Virtue (De) in Early China. Journal of Chinese Philosophy, 38(1), 158–174.
  • Alan K. L. Chan. (Ed.). (2010). Philosophy and Religion in Early Medieval ChinaUnited States: State University of New York Press.
  • Alan K. L. Chan. (Ed.). (2010). Interpretation and Literature in Early Medieval ChinaUnited States: State University of New York Press.
  • Alan K. L. Chan. (2010). Affectivity and the Nature of the Sage: Gleanings from a Tang Daoist Master. Journal of Daoist Studies, 3, 1-27.

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