My academic research looks at how intercultural communication is the theory that we put into practice to develop educational systems. I have written a book on Cross-border Partnerships in Higher Education which examines how universities can work across cultures to develop their potential. More recently I was asked to write a research paper on Investing in Higher Education, and Its Potential Impact on Research and. Development for Technological Upgrading, Innovation, and Competitiveness in the ASEAN community.
I grew up in the US and have done all my academic study there. However, my entire professional life has been working in the Japanese educational system. Thus I have experienced intercultural communication on a daily basis and it fascinates me!
Intercultural Communication is a relatively new field...only about fifty years old. Thus most of the professors with whom I studied wrote the textbooks that we used. There weren’t any other textbooks to use. In essence, the world itself becomes your classroom. What I teach in my classes are things that I have experienced firsthand and I am always adding new examples from stories that my students share with me. It is a wonderful field to be in because it is constantly asking why we communicate the way we do and reinventing the theories that we study based on what happens the moment you step outside the classroom door.
It goes without saying that our world is going to continue to become more and more multicultural. This is new for Japan and thus Japanese students especially will need to learn how to communicate with people from a variety of cultures and to be able to conduct business both at home and abroad in order to create the Japan of the future. That is why all first year students need to take a mandatory class called Global Communication. There I hope to get you excited about my research area and to encourage you to apply intercultural communication theory in your future!