Academic Profile : Faculty

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Assoc Prof Chua Soo Meng, Jude
Associate Dean, Graduate Education by Research, Office of Graduate Studies and Professional Learning
Associate Professor, National Institute of Education - Policy, Curriculum and Leadership
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Jude Chua Soo Meng is Associate Professor, Associate Dean (Graduate Education, Research) of the Graduate Programmes and Professional Learning Office (GPL) and a member of the Policy, Curriculum and Leadership Dept (PCL), National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He was previously Head of the Policy and Leadership Studies Department, and then Policy, Curriculum and Leadership Department (seven years).

He won the prestigious Novak Award (2003) awarded by Acton Institute for work at the interface of religion and economic liberty. He was co-awarded (with Giovanni Patriarca, Novak Award 2012) a Templeton World Charity Foundation grant (2021) to study scholastics and their relevance for ethics, economics and education.

He was president’s graduate fellow at National University of Singapore (NUS) and examined in his dissertation eastern and western theories of law and governance, with a focus on John Finnis' new natural law theory and Wang Bi's thought, under the supervision of the leading scholar of Chinese philosophy, Professor Alan Chan K-L. He won a visiting graduate fellowship at the Centre for Philosophy of Religion, University of Notre Dame, USA (2003), and worked with the eminent natural law theorist John Finnis. He has been a visiting scholar at the Aquinas Institute, Blackfriars Hall, Oxford, as well as visiting academic and hon. research associate at the Institute of Education (IOE), London and has also been a visiting scholar at the Institute for Business and Humanism at the University of Navarra, Spain.

Previously he was Asst Dean at the graduate programmes office, programme leader for the dual award EdD offered with IOE London and programme director for the joint Masters offered with Teachers College, Columbia University, USA.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (FRHistS), London and a Fellow of the College of Teachers (FCollT), London [now Chartered College of Teaching]. He was a Salzburg Global Seminar Fellow, Salzburg Austria (Session: Young Global Leaders) and a 21st Century Trust Fellow at Merton College, Oxford (Session: Climate Change). He is also an Acton Institute and Mises Institute Alumnus. He has also been a Visiting Fellow at the Thomas Moore Institute, London.

He continues to work on philosophy of education and policy studies, and new natural law theory as well as aspects of Aquinas' thought. Very recently, he has developed a great interest in semiotics, in particular the thinking on signs by John Deely and his work on the17th Century iberian Thomist Jean Poinsot, and its relevance for analyzing Peircian abductive logic. A recent interest is also in Aquinas’ thought in conversation with the later Martin Heidegger (especially Heidegger's reading of Aristotle) and he has engaged the eminent leading scholar of the later Heidegger, Professor Richard Capobianco, also a friend and colleague, for many years.

He was section editor for new natural law theory of the Springer Handbook for Virtue Ethics in Business and Management, edited by Alejo Sison, He was previously Editor of the Asia Pacific Journal of Education, and is an associate editor with Journal of Markets and Morality,
Philosophy of Education; Issues in Education Policy; Ethics (Natural Law Theory); History of Ideas
  • Thinking economics, education and ethics: drawing on medieval-scholastic traditions to think about ethics, economics and education
Novak Award, Acton Institute
Templeton World Charity Foundation Grant
Fellowships & Other Recognition
President's Graduate Fellowship, NUS
Visiting Graduate Fellowship, Center for Philosophy of Religion, University of Notre Dame, USA.
Calihan Travel Fellowship
Visiting Academic, IOE, Univ. of London
Hon Research Associate, IOE, Univ. College London.
Visiting Research Scholar, Blackfriars Hall, University of Oxford
Visiting Scholar, Institute for Business and Humanism, University of Navarra, Spain.
Visiting Fellow, Thomas Moore Institute, London
Salzburg Global Seminar Fellow
21st Century Trust Fellow
Fellow, Royal Historical Society, London
Fellow, College of Teachers, London
Supervision of PhD Students
Rev Fr Johnny Go, SJ, EdD (Dual Award - IOE and NIE), Dean of Ateneo, Manila, Philippines
Wong Yew Leong, PhD, Lecturer, NIE/NTU
Teo Juin Ee, PhD, Lecturer, NIE/NTU
Diane Rozells, PhD, Asst Professor, some Korean University...
Yann Yann, PhD, Associate Professor, Duke-NUS, Singapore