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The Quarter Speaks Out: Women in Japanese Academia #254

Sun, Nov 22, 10:45-12:15 JST | Zoom 14
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Out of the 5,351 foreign full-time university teachers in Japan, only 967 are women (Huang, 2018). This eight-women panel addresses personal and professional issues influencing the careers of women teaching English in Japanese universities. These issues include career-building, balancing personal and professional lives, being in the minority, workplace harassment, and membership in professional communities. In addition to providing mentorship and inspiration, the panelists will invite the audience to be active participants in this innovative forum.


Presentation Assets

In this video, Kathleen Brown provides a short introduction to "Foreign Female English Teachers in Japanese Higher Education: Narratives From Our Quarter" (Nagatomo, Brown & Cook (eds.), 2020), and introduces several JALT2020 presentations by authors included in that volume. This video is actually a series of clips from Dr. Brown's much longer introduction to this book during a Fukuoka JALT panel discussion on October 31, 2020.

Diane Nagatomo

Diane Nagatomo

Ochanomizu University
I've been living and teaching in Japan since 1979 and a member of JALT since the mid 1980s. I'm interested in teacher identity/beliefs, gender issues, and EFL materials development. My publications include "Exploring Japanese University English Teachers' Professional Identity" (2012) and "Identity, Gender and Teaching English in Japan" (2016). Most recently, I co-edited a book comprised of 22 Chapters written by 23 fabulous women. I hope to see a lot of people at our presentation where we will be discussing the book!
Kathleen Brown

Kathleen Brown

Kurume University
Kathleen can be contacted at: kathleen_brown@kurume-u.ac.jp Thank you for joining our sessions at this JALT2020!
Melodie Cook

Melodie Cook

University of Niigata Prefecture
Dr. Mel has been teaching in Japan and Canada since 1992. She holds a PhD from Macquarie University and is a tenured professor at the University of Niigata Prefecture. Her research interests include high-stakes entrance examinations, intercultural families and schooling in Japan and adoption and fostering in Japan. Her hobbies are playing Candy Crush for hours on end while watching Netflix and scambaiting videos. She loves all things cat.
Quenby Hoffman Aoki

Quenby Hoffman Aoki

Seikei University
Quenby Hoffman Aoki teaches at Seikei University in Tokyo. She is Coordinator of the JALT Gender Awareness in Language Education (GALE) SIG and a member of the Diversity and Equity Practices (DEP) Committee.
Donna Fujimoto

Donna Fujimoto

Osaka Jogakuin University
My main role in JALT is to promote and learn about Pragmatics in language teaching and in everyday life. Acting appropriately and noticing inappropriate actions are just as necessary in cultural awareness--so these are the two main areas that I focus upon.
Wendy M. Gough

Wendy M. Gough

Bunkyo Gakuin University
Jennifer Yphantides

Jennifer Yphantides

Soka University
Jennifer Yphantides is a lecturer at Soka University in Hachioji, Japan. She has been teaching English since 1993 and has worked in Japanese higher education for over a decade.
Tricia Okada

Tricia Okada

Tamagawa University