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Alexandra Albrecht
Location: Korea
Dr. Albrecht holds a B.A. in Korean language from Keimyung University, a B.S. in sociology from University of Maryland University College, and an M.A. and Ph.D., both in sociology, from the University of Oklahoma. She taught for UMUC in Korea and Okinawa during academic year 1984-85 and from 1990 to 1992, offering courses in Korean language, mathematics, and sociology. She rejoined the faculty in 1996. Dr. Albrecht has additional teaching experience at the University of Oklahoma and at the secondary level. Since 1996 she has taught for UMUC throughout Korea from Pusan to the DMZ, at Misawa and Sasebo in Japan, and in the UMUC Online Learning program.

Kisho Azama
Location: Okinawa
Mr. Azama received his B.S. in law from Chuo University and went on to earn both a B.S. and M.S. in political science from Utah State University. He has taken additional graduate work toward the doctorate. Mr. Azama has taught for Los Angeles Community Colleges, the U.S. Army Education Centers in Okinawa, the University of California at Santa Barbara, and the University of the Ryukyus, offering courses in areas including Japanese language and culture, American government, and international political relations. He has contributed to various publications, including a full section in an encyclopedia of political parties in Asia and the Pacific published by Greenwood Press. Mr. Azama joined the UMUC faculty in 1988 and has taught in Okinawa and in the online learning program.

Itza Baker
Location: Guam
Ms. Baker took her BA in Spanish from Methodist College and her MSHR in human relations from University of Oklahoma. Ms. Baker has taught Spanish at the primary and secondary school levels for more than ten years. She joined UMUC Asia in 2007.

Alan Beckham
Location: Japan
Mr. Beckham received his B.A. in philosophy from Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina, and his M.A. in mathematics from St. Louis University. He took additional graduate work in philosophy at Memphis State University and in mathematics and education at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. He has taught at Nashville State Technical Institute, St. Louis University, and the Forest Park Campus of St. Louis Community College. Mr. Beckham also holds a Tennessee Teacher License, and has taught middle school and high school mathematics at several public schools in the greater Nashville area. He has several years of professional employment experience as a graphic designer. He has taught in the Tokyo area since joining the UMUC faculty in 2001.

Andrew Boone
Location: Korea
Dr. Boone holds a B.S in economics from the University of Arizona and a M.S. and Ph.D., also in economics, from the University of Houston. He taught at several institutions including Houston Community College, the University of Houston, and the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, and joined UMUC Europe in 1992. He then joined The American International University of Germany, UMUC's campus at Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany, where he taught for an additional five years and also served as Department Chair for business and economics. Since joining UMUC in Asia, Dr. Boone has taught in Korea, Iwakuni, and in the Tokyo area and has served various administrative roles including Academic Director for business/management and economics, Area Director, Korea, and Associate Dean. After three years as a full time faculty member, he returned to the position of Associate Dean in the fall of 2012. He currently works out of the UMUC Asia Yongsan office in Seoul, Korea.

Daniel Broudy
Location: Okinawa
Dr. Broudy holds a B.S. in English writing from Slippery Rock University with emphases in composition and rhetoric. After graduation, he joined the U.S. Army and served in the Republic of Panama. His second Army assignment was at Fort Huachuca, Arizona where he developed training strategies and manuals for UAV and JSTARS imagery systems, and began work on an M.A. in English with Norwich University. Subsequent assignments took him to the Korean Analysis Center in Seoul and then to NPIC in Washington, D.C. where he tested emerging digital imagery technologies. Dr. Broudy left active duty in the fall of 1994 to join the UMUC faculty, teaching for a year at Kunsan Air Base in Korea. Since then he has been teaching throughout Okinawa. His doctorate is in applied psycholinguistics from Deakin University in Australia, and his research interests lie in sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics, Critical Discourse Analysis, rhetoric, communication theory, developmental psychology, and epistemology.

Elizabeth Cena
Location: Guam
Elizabeth Cena took her BS in business administration in 1979 from Polytechnic University of the Phillipines. She took her BL (Bachelor of Laws) from the Univerisity of the East/UP in 1987, and her MS in management from Troy State University in 2004. Ms. Cena joined UMUC Asia in March, 2009.

Wol-Yong Chung
Location: Korea
Dr. Chung earned his B.A. in English literature from Kyungpook National University, M.A. degrees in education from Seoul National University and Yonsei University, and his Ph.D. in English language and literature from Sejong University. He has taught at Seoul National Industrial University, the Korean National College of Physical Education, and Kyunghee University. Dr. Chung joined the UMUC Asia faculty in 1986 and has taught courses in Korean language and culture at numerous locations in Korea.

Isidra Coloma
Location: Guam
Dr. Isidra Coloma took her BBE in business education in 1989, her MBE in business education in 1998, and her DEM in educational management in 2003 from Polytechnic University of the Philippines. Dr. Coloma has several years' experience in higher education: she served as the dean of the College of Business and Information Technology at St. Jude College and as registrar at Southville Foreign University. Dr. Coloma joined UMUC Asia in January, 2009.

Frank Concilus
Location: Korea
Dr. Concilus is a veteran of the UMUC faculty in Asia, teaching for many years at locations throughout Korea, and occasionally in Japan. He earned his B.A. in anthropology, linguistics and sociology from Colgate University, his M.A. in East Asian regional studies from Harvard University, and his Ph.D. in English with a concentration in linguistics and rhetoric at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where his dissertation was about Korean identity constructions. Dr. Concilus has taught at Harvard University, Sophia University in Tokyo, and at Ajou University and Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in Korea. His initial experiences in Korea were with the U.S. Peace Corps, teaching at Pusan National University and at the secondary level in Pusan. He has carried out varied research in Korean culture, notably Korean Shamanism, resulting in a number of publications and presentations at professional conferences. Dr. Concilus also teaches a number of Online Learning courses. Dr. Concilus serves as FAC representative for Asia.

Jefferson Cronin
Location: Guam
Mr. Cronin earned his B.S. in American Political Studies and Dramatic Arts from Davis and Elkins College, and his terminal M.F.A. in Theatre from The Ohio State University. He has taught at The Ohio State University and the University of Guam. He has several years of teaching and supervisory experience at the middle and secondary school levels. In the worlds of theatre and film he has diverse professional experience as an actor, teacher, writer, consultant, producer, and director. Mr. Cronin has also been a newspaper editor, columnist and critic and a producer for PBS. He has taught for UMUC in Guam, and in the online learning program, since October 1996.

Mark Dranias
Location: Japan
Dr. Dranias holds a BA in biology and psychology from Boston University, an MS in molecular biology from the University of Illinois in Chicago, and a PhD in cognitive and neural systems from Boston University. He has taught mathematics and biology classes at Wentworth Institute of Technology, Argosy University and the Illinois Institute of Art in Chicago. He has also done postdoctoral research in computational neuroscience at Harvard Medical School in Boston and Duke-NUS Medical School in Singapore. He joined UMUC Asia in 2014 as a Traveling Collegiate Assistant Professor and is currently teaching biology and mathematics courses at the Iwakuni campus in Japan.

Brian East
Location: Korea
Dr. East holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in English from Georgia State University and a Ph.D. in English from Auburn University. His dissertation addresses the use of poetry and popular music as expressions of national identity. His ongoing scholarship debates the cultural role and relevance of poetry in the era of globalization. Before he completed graduate school, Dr. East lived in Seoul and taught ESL. He taught English composition and literature courses at Auburn University and Georgia Gwinnett College from 2005 to 2014. Dr. East joined the UMUC faculty in 2014.

Hiromi Edwards
Location: Japan
Mrs. Edwards earned her B.A. in Asian Studies from University of Maryland University College and her M.Ed. in Counseling and Personnel Services from the University of Maryland, College Park, in the program offered in Okinawa and administered by UMUC. She has taught Japanese for UMUC at Iwakuni since 1999. Ms. Edwards is a member of the American Psychological Association, the National Council on Family Relations, and the Okinawa Psychology Association.

Tom Ewing
Location: Japan
Dr. Tom Ewing earned his first BS in Philosophy and second BS in Physics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He also holds a MS in astronomy from University of California, and a PhD in physics from Michigan State University. Dr. Ewing has taught at several different institutions, including: Michigan State University, Alma College, Central Michigan University, Lansing Community College, and Olympic College. He has experience in private business as the owner of a computer software company. He joined UMUC Asia in 1993 and has taught in Korea, Japan, and Singapore. He has also taught for UMUC Europe. He received the Drazek Teaching Excellence Award in 2012.

Asao Fukuyama
Location: Japan
Mr. Fukuyama received his B.A. in English and education from the University of the Ryukyus and took graduate work in business administration at Michigan State University. He holds a California community college teaching credential as well as a Government of the Ryukyus teaching certification for secondary-level English, and taught in the Department of Defense Dependents Schools. Mr. Fukuyama has several years of experience in the business world as a hotel manager, training coordinator, sales manager, and English teacher, and served as a personnel specialist for U.S. Air Force and Army civilian personnel offices. Before joining UMUC he taught for Los Angeles Metropolitan College in Okinawa. He joined the UMUC Asia faculty in 1984 and has taught courses in Japanese language and culture regularly since then at locations throughout Okinawa.

Akira Furugen
Location: Okinawa
Mr. Furugen received his B.A. in Mathematics from the University of California at San Diego, and his M.S., also in mathematics, from West Texas State University. He has taught at West Texas State University and Okinawa Kokusai University, and at the secondary level in both the United States and Okinawa. Mr. Furugen joined the Asian Division faculty in 1985 and has taught regularly since then at most of the Maryland sites in Okinawa, handling mathematics courses from introductory algebra through calculus. Mr. Furugen received a Teaching Recognition Award in 2012.

Alan Gallagher
Location: Okinawa
Mr. Gallagher holds a B.A. in Anthropology/Social Sciences from the University of Pittsburgh, and a J.D. from University of Pittsburgh Law Schools. He practiced law (now retired) for over 35 years, was admitted to US Supreme Court, and did state and federal trial & appellate work. Mr. Gallagher’s legal experience includes ACLU/Civil Liberties, Legal Aid, Prosecutor, Judge, Defense Attorney (state and federal Public Defender). A few of his additional academic qualifications include a M.A. in History from Portland State University, M.A.I.S. in Interdisciplinary: History from Texas A&M University, and continued education at the doctoral level. Mr. Gallagher’s teaching experience includes Del Mar College, Allegheny CC, Washington State University, Arkansas State University, Pioneer Pacific College, and Central Texas College/NCPACE aboard the USS BLUE RIDGE, CIA in Korea, Mohave CC, & Kaplan University. Mr. Gallagher holds the rank of Collegiate Associate Professor as a traveling faculty member of UMUC Asia. His academic specialties include American History, Law/Legal History, Political Science, Government, and Comparative Politics.

David Garretson
Location: Korea
Mr. Garretson earned his B.A. in Political Science from McGill University, studied for a year at the London School of Political Science and Economics, and subsequently earned his M.A. and did additional graduate work at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University. During several years of service in the U.S. Department of State he was Deputy Principal Officer at the U.S. Consulate and then at the Embassy in Suva, Fiji; served in the Bureau of Intelligence, Office of External Research; and was a Vice Consul in Thailand, Vietnam, and Niger. Mr. Garretson joined the Asian Division faculty in 1974 and has taught in Taiwan, Thailand, Okinawa, Japan, Australia, the Philippines, Diego Garcia, Kwajalein and for an extended period in Korea.

Daniel Hart
Location: Okinawa
Dr. Hart received his B.S, in General Business, and a J.D., and a M.B.A. in Finance from De Paul University. He was an options trader on the floor of the CBOE before going into teaching. He taught for eight years at Southwestern Oklahoma State University where he also got a CPA. He also taught for six years at Lindsey Wilson College in Kentucky where he was associate professor and coordinator of the accounting program. Dr. Hart has been with UMUC-Europe in Germany, Iceland, and Italy, and joined UMUC Asia in 2006.

Paul Hartmann
Location: Korea
Dr. Hartmann earned his B.S. in Earth Science with a minor in Chemistry from Southern Connecticut State University. He then went on to the University of Rhode Island for a Ph.D. in Oceanography, specializing in organic geochemistry. His dissertation was on the sources, transport and fate of organic contaminants in estuarine sediments. For his postdoctoral research he studied possible chemical reasons for the decline of trout populations in Swiss rivers at the Swiss federal Institute for Environmental Science and Technology. He has taught geology and oceanography at Norwich University in Vermont and the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire, and joined the UMUC Asian Division faculty in 2009, teaching in Korea.

Geraldine Henderson
Location: Okinawa
Dr. Henderson began her career as a musician with a BM and later, an MM from the University of Nebraska. After owning a piano and violin studio for a number of years, she went on to do her MA in English and a PhD in Interdisciplinary Medieval Studies, again at the University of Nebraska, focusing on Medieval mysticism of the 12th century. Since that time she has taught writing and literature, philosophy, music history, and theater history at the University of Nebraska, at the NY Institute in Amman, Jordan and Manama Bahrain, at LCC International University, Klaipėda, Lithuania where she also chaired the department of Languages and Literature for four years. For the past three years she mentored young faculty and taught at the University of Balamand, Lebanon. In addition to teaching graduate and major courses in her fields, Medieval/Renaissance Literature, she coordinated the Composition program at the University of Balamand, coordinated the curriculum mapping and review of the core composition courses and the graduate degree in literature, and served on graduate thesis committees. Additionally, she sponsored the Anti-Discrimination Student Group, the first of its kind in Lebanon. Throughout her career she has enjoyed learning about the pedagogical philosophies and best practices, often incorporating her interests into research projects about language, writing, and literature. She is pleased to join the faculty of UMUC and looks forward to the classroom experiences, not to mention the multi-cultural experiences she will have in the coming months.

Betty Hoffman
Location: Okinawa
In his book Beyond the Tanabata Bridge, William Rathbun writes that Betty Hoffman has been an enthusiastic and unrelenting patron in Okinawan art circles for over twenty-five years. Ms. Hoffman joined the UMUC faculty in 1980 and brought to the program many years of experience with the Okinawan art scene. She earned a B.A. in commercial art from the University of Washington and also studied at the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles. She has done media consulting for National Geographic and CBS and served on the Okinawa Prefecture Human Resources Development Foundation and the Okinawa International Foundation. In addition, she is the former resident director of the Pearl S. Buck Foundation. Ms. Hoffman translated and coedited Southern Breeze, a collection of photographs of Okinawa, published in 1998. In 2001 she received a special award from the Governor of Okinawa Prefecture in recognition of her contributions to international exchange and understanding. She also coordinated Okinawa Now, an exhibition of textiles and ceramics at Long House Reserve in East Hampton, New York.

Jon Huer
Location: Korea
Dr. Huer holds a B.A. in sociology from California State University at Los Angeles, and an M.A. and Ph.D., also in sociology, from the University of California at Los Angeles. He has taught at Indiana-Purdue University at Indianapolis, the University of Alabama, the University of Wisconsin, and the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Dr. Huer's many books and other publications cover a wide range of topics in American culture and institutions, as well as topics such as Third World development. His most recent books are American Paradise, Auschwitz, USA, and Call from the Cave, and has just completed a book manuscript on labor and human nature. His current research is on the use irony as a teaching tool in social science and the humanities. He has taught primarily in Korea, and also in Misawa, Okinawa and Singapore and the distance education program, since joining the UMUC faculty in 1994. Dr. Huer also served as UMUC Asia Academic Coordinator for Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminology during the1996-2003 period.

Aaron Hunsberger
Location: Japan
Mr. Hunsberger holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in psychological research methods from Lancaster University in the United Kingdom, where he has also completed his doctoral dissertation in social psychology. His research focuses on social cognitive perception in criminal and professional contexts. He provides consultancy on unconscious perception for the Police Foundation, a London-based think tank that advises on policing policy and practice. Mr Hunsberger taught courses at Lancaster University for three years, and joined UMUC in 2014 to teach psychology and research methods.

Frankie Ishizaki
Location: Guam
Mr. Ishizaki holds a B.A. in Chemistry from the University of Guam and a M.S. in Forensic Chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh. He is a retired FBI special agent, chief of police, director of corrections, homeland security advisor, senator in the 29th Guam Legislature, youth corrections worker, police sergeant, and CSI. Mr. Ishizaki is a security consultant for G4S and for Ishizaki and Associates. He was a regular opinion columnist for the Pacific Daily News and the Marianas Variety. He hosted radio talk shows for K57 and KUAM radio. He has taught criminal justice, homeland security, public administration, and science courses at the university level. Mr. Ishizaki has been with UMUC since 2002.

Michael Jasper
Location: Japan
Dr. Jasper earned his B.A. and M.A. in English Literature from the University of South Carolina, and a Ph.D. in British Literature from Kent State University. He has taught at both the high school and university levels, in the United States and abroad--Georgia Southwestern College; Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey; Fatih University, Istanbul, Turkey; and New York Institute of Technology in Amman, Jordan, where he served as Head of the Writing Program from 2007-2013. Dr. Jasper also taught in Central Texas College's NPACE program.

David Jenkins
Location: Japan
Mr. Jenkins has a BA in Literature from American University, an MA in English from San Francisco State University, and an MFA in Drama from University of Arizona. He has taught EFL at universities in Central Europe, Middle East, and Micronesia. At several American universities he has taught courses in theatre and in English. Since 2003 Mr. Jenkins has been an Associate Professor with UMUC-Asia. Most recently, Professor Jenkins has taught an EFL workshop in communications for the second year in a row for Aomori Prefecture's "Fostering Global Human Resources Seminar" hosted by the Misawa International Ctr. He received a playwriting fellowship at University of Arizona. His stage plays have been produced at Missouri Western State Univ., Southwest Missouri State Univ., Univ. of Arizona, Tucson, and at community theatres in Arizona, California, and Australia.

Jin-Ah Jeon
Location: Korea
Ms. Jeon holds a B.S. in computer science from Dankook Univrsity in Seoul, Korea, and an M.S., also in computer science, from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where she took additional graduate work in computer science after completing her master's degree. At both Dankook University and the University of Nevada Las Vegas she gained teaching experience while serving as a teaching assistant. Ms. Jeon has been employed as a computer engineer and software developer. She joined the UMUC Asia faculty in Korea in August 2000 and has taught regularly since then, in the fields of computer and information science (CMIS) and Information Systems Management (IFSM), teaching at Osan Air Base, occasionally at Camp Humphreys and at Yongsan in Seoul, as well as in the online learning program.

James Johnson
Location: Japan
Mr. Johnson earned a B.A. in psychology and philosophy from the University of Warwick in Coventry, England, an M.B.A. from the University of Alabama, an M.S. in international business from the University of South Carolina, and has studied toward a Ph.D. in management information systems at Auburn University. He has taught at Durham Technical Community College, Central Texas College, the University of South Carolina, Concordia International University in Brazil, Auburn University, and at Upper Iowa University. Mr. Johnson has had a range of other employment including experience in financial fields. He has several publications in the area of Global Information Systems. Since joining the Asian Division faculty in 1996 he has taught in Guam, Misawa, Korea, Iwakuni, and the Tokyo area, and in the online learning program.

Keith Johnston
Location: Korea
Mr. Johnston received a B.A. in music theory and literature from Seattle Pacific University, and a B.M. and second B.A. in music composition from the University of Washington. He also earned an M.F.A. from Princeton University where he then took further graduate work in music composition. In addition he has extensive training and professional experience in computer and information systems. Mr. Johnston taught computer courses for Central Texas College in Korea and served for several years as a senior administrator with the college's programs in Korea. Before joining UMUC he served as an Army Career Alumni Program (ACAP) Counselor in Korea, employed by the firm of Research Consultants, Inc. Since joining the UMUC faculty in 2002 he has taught in Iwakuni and Korea.

Yasushi Kakuta
Location: Japan
Mr. Kakuta began teaching with UMUC Asia in 1987, after a successful career as an officer in the Japanese Air Self Defense Force. He earned his bachelor's degree at the National University of Utsunomiya and holds several certificates in meteorology and languages from Japanese service schools. One of his primary responsibilities in the military was to conduct classes for both Japanese and American officers and he was often called upon to play a key part in assisting the latter in learning the language and culture of Japan. Mr. Kakuta has taught at Misawa since joining the UMUC faculty.

Kathleen Kalina
Location: Okinawa
Ms. Kalina completed a B.A. in Speech & Theatre Secondary Education with a minor in Japanese language at Indiana University, Bloomington, and a Masters in Education (with a specialization in instructional technology) through UMUC’s Graduate School of Management and Technology. Her professional experiences include student teaching at IU, serving as academic advisor and coordinator for several years with UMUC Asia in Japan, teaching adult ESL courses, and doing freelance translation and editing work. She currently lives in Cairo and teaches with UMUC Asia’s online learning.

Alexander Kalinin
Location: Korea
Dr. Kalinin received his M.S. in Thermal Physics from Moscow Energy Institute, his M.S. in Mathematics from Moscow State University, a Ph.D. in Engineering from the Institute for High Temperatures, and his Sc.D. in Physical and Mathematical Science from Lebedev Physical Institute. He has over 25 years experience working as a research scientist and professor with leading institutes of the USSR Academy of Sciences, the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, and the Academy of Natural Economy. Dr. Kalinin has also authored more than 60 publications, inventions, essays and contributions to books in the field of Thermal Science / Energy Studies/ Applied Math. He is a member of the Society for Applied and Industrial Mathematics and American Physical Society and was a professor at Northwestern Polytechnic University in California before joining UMUC Asia in 2009.

Akiko Kanai
Location: Japan
Ms. Kanai earned her bachelor's degree in English literature from Kyoritsu Women's University in Tokyo, Japan, and received a certificate in the teaching of Japanese as a foreign language from the International Education Training School in Tokyo. She completed the Japanese Language Teaching Competency Test, authorized by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Science, Sports, and Culture, and administered by the Association of International Education. Ms. Kanai is a member of The Society for Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language in Tokyo, Japan. She has been teaching for UMUC Asia in the Tokyo area since 1989.

Moriaki Kanai
Location: Japan
Mr. Kanai has a M.A. in Japanese bilingual education and international cooperation studies from Kyorin University in Tokyo and a B.A. in English from Dokkyo University in Saitama, Japan. He has extensive experience teaching English at a number of Japanese high schools. He also has experience teaching at the secondary and college levels in New Zealand. Since 1995 Mr. Kanai has taught Japanese at the Yokota Middle School and Yokota High School. He joined the UMUC Asia faculty in January 2004 and has taught in the Tokyo area.

Hak-Sun Kim
Location: Korea
Dr. Kim holds a B.A. in Teaching English as a Foreign Language, an M.Ed. in Teaching Languages - English from Ewha Womans University, Seoul, and a Ph.D. in International Studies majoring in Korea and East Asia at Sogang University, Seoul. Dr, Kim was a Korean Language instructor for U.S. Peace Corps volunteers in Korea and became the first certified Oral Proficiency Interview tester in Korean of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. She served in the International Studies program at Ewha Womans University while teaching English, and also taught at the Language Research Institute at Seoul National University. Dr. Kim is a veteran of the UMUC Asia faculty. She has taught Korean language and culture courses since 1981 at various locations in Korea, and served as the Academic Director for Korean Language from mid-2000 to July 2011.

Hyun-Sook Kim
Location: Korea
Ms. Kim received her B.Sc. and M.Sc., both in mathematics, from Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, Canada. Earlier she studied mathematics at Santa Rosa Junior College in Santa Rosa, California. A paper based on her M.Sc. thesis was published in the journal Mathematical Bioscience. Before joining Maryland Ms. Kim taught at Simon Fraser University. She also taught at Ajou University in Suwon, Korea. Earlier she had several years of employment experience in the accounting field in Vancouver, British Columbia. Since joining the Asian Division faculty in 1986, Ms. Kim has taught at more than 20 installations throughout South Korea as well as in the Online Learning Program.

Miso Kim
Location: Korea
Dr. Kim took his BA British-American Language and Culture, his MA and PhD in TESOL from Jeonju University. Dr. Kim has over ten years experience teaching English as a second language. He joined UMUC Asia in 2009.

Yoko Kmetz
Location: Japan
Ms. Kmetz has been teaching Japanese language for UMUC at Misawa since 1980. In addition to her experience with UMUC, Ms. Kmetz has taught at Misawa American High School and at the Sollars Elementary School on Misawa Air Base, and has carried out a number of language programs for various military commands. She collaborated on a book entitled Exploring Tohoku and has translated several works into Japanese and English for the city of Misawa. She holds her bachelor's degree from Meiji Gakuin University in Tokyo.

Michiko Kumada
Location: Japan
Ms. Kumada earned a B.A. in Fine Arts from Tokyo Kasei University and a M.S. in Education from the University of New England, Maine. She holds middle-and secondary-level teaching certificates in fine arts and in Japanese language from Tokyo Kasei and Nihon University. She also holds professional-level cultural certificates in the Japanese Koto (traditional musical instrument) and in Japanese Ikebana (flower arranging). Ms. Kumada has taught at Tokyo Kasei University and the Texas Military Institute, and in the DoDD schools. She joined UMUC Asia in 2004 and has been teaching at Yokosuka.

Laurie Kuntz
Location: Japan
Ms. Kuntz earned her B.A. in English and education from Baruch College of the City University of New York and her M.F.A. in writing, poetry, and literature from Vermont College. During several years of overseas residence before joining UMUC she worked with refugees from Southeast Asia, primarily in the Philippines and Thailand. Her experience included teaching English and writing in different contexts up to the college level. Ms. Kuntz has published extensively; her book of poetry, Somewhere in the Telling, was published by Edwin Mellen Press. Her chapbook of poems, Simple Gestures, was published by Texas Review Press in 2000 and won the 1999 Texas Review Poetry Chapbook competition. Many of her poems have been published in literary journals online as well as in book format. In 2002 her poetry was adapted into a one-act play and performed by UMUC students during National Women's month. She joined the UMUC faculty in 1992 and has taught in Misawa and in the online learning program.

Gary Laugel
Location: Korea
Dr. Laugel received his B.A. in psychology from Kent State University and his M.S. and Ph.D. in experimental psychology from Washington State University. Dr. Laugel has taught at Washington State University and the University of Idaho, and is a member of the American Psychological Association. His academic background includes biological psychology and the evolutionary basis of behavior, along with social psychology, experimental methodology, and statistics. He has been with the University of Maryland for over two decades and has taught at a variety of locations in Japan and Korea, as well as extensively online. He has also taught in an English-teaching exchange program at Northwest Polytechnical University in Xi'an, China. For years he was Academic Coordinator for Social Science, and later for Psychology while that position existed in UMUC Asia.

Rita Lauria
Location: Japan
Dr. Lauria holds a B.A. in Anthropology with an emphasis in Communications and Social Science from the University of Southern California. She holds an M.A. in Journalism, a Ph.D. in Mass Communication, and a J.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She served several universities and colleges as faculty, including the University of Southern California, La Verne University College of Law, Loyola Marymount University, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, the University of North Carolina Wilmington, North Carolina State University, and Cape Fear Community College. Dr. Lauria has been an invited speaker, has completed professional development programs, and has worked in cooperation with several institutions, including among others, Oxford University, Banff New Media Institute, the University of Southern California, the University of Guam, and the College of Micronesia. Dr. Lauria founded Metalaw®.US Law Offices in Los Angeles where she practiced civil and criminal law. She has served also n many administrative capacities, including as Director, Global Virtual University and Assistant to the Vice Chancellor, University of North Carolina at Wilmington; Special Advisor for Communications to the Secretary of Transportation and Communications of the Federated States of Micronesia; Interim Manager, Division of Communications, Federated States of Micronesia. As Research Associate with the Media Interface and Network Design (M.I.N.D.) Labs (http://mindlab.mixedr.com/wp/), an international consortium of networked researchers who probe the development, design, and effects of advanced new media technologies, Dr. Lauria works to build a conceptual framework for the understanding of Virtuality.

Robert Laurie
Location: Japan
Mr. Laurie earned his M.S. in electrical engineering with computer engineering emphasis and B.S. in mechanical engineering from Michigan Technological University. He first joined UMUC in 1998 and has taught at Iwakuni, Sasebo, and Guam. He has also taught at Michigan Technological University, University of Guam, and Northern Marianas College at Saipan. He is a licensed professional engineer in the State of Michigan, and has held a number of professional positions in the engineering field, including service as a manufacturing engineer in the aerospace division of Rosemount, Inc.; as an electrical engineer with AT&T Bell Laboratories; as an electrical engineer with John Deere, Inc.; and as a software engineer with Magic Edge Inc. in Mountain View, California. He has authored several publications in the areas of microcomputer state machine architecture, sequential control, and in-circuit testing.

David Layfield
Location: Okinawa
Dr. Layfield took his BA in political science from Nottingham Trent University, his MA in political philosophy from University of York, and his PhD in political science from University of Nottingham. He has taught political science at the university level since 2003. Dr. Layfield joined UMUC Asia in November 2008. His interests include International Political Economy, Environmental Politics, and North-East Asia.

Hyung Dae Lee
Location: Korea
Dr. Lee took his Ph.D. in American history from Ohio University, specializing in American intellectual history. Dr. Lee has taught at several institutions in Korea, including Yonsei University, Korea University, and Seoul Women’s University. Dr. Lee has published a number of articles based on his research, one of them a study of Reinhold Niebuhr's place in American intellectual life, which he also addressed in his Ph.D. dissertation. Dr. Lee has been with UMUC Asia since 1999. His recent publications include American Intellectual Tradition and Multiculturalism(2004) and American Intellectuals and the Search for Unity(2012).

Irakli Loladze
Location: Okinawa
Dr. Loladze holds a Ph.D. and a M.A. in mathematics from Arizona State University and a B.A. from Tbilisi State University (Georgia) in Applied Mathematics & Computer Science. He taught mathematics or carried out research in Mathematical Biology at several state and private universities, including Princeton University, the University of Nebraska - Lincoln, Ohio State University, and the Catholic University of Daegu (South Korea). Dr. Loladze published in top ecological science journals (Ecology Letters, Trends in Ecology & Evolution) and his research results were highlighted in Nature, Science, New Scientist, National Geographic and other media outlets. He expanded his teaching experience by being a Project NExT (New Experiences in Teaching) Fellow and by participating in the Mathematical Knowledge for Teaching workshop run by the Institute for Advanced Studies. For three years in a row, the Teaching Council of the UNL recognized Dr. Loladze with the "Outstanding Contribution to Students" award. He joined UMUC Asia in the Fall of 2014.

Shabnam Lutafali
Location: Okinawa
Dr. Lutafali holds BA (Hons) in Economics from the University of Sind, Pakistan, Master’s in Economics from New York University and PhD in Economic Development from the University of Notre Dame, USA. Dr. Lutafali has taught at various universities internationally including in Pakistan, Canada, the United States and Saudi Arabia. She has been Associate Dean at the Prince Mohammad Bin Fahad University in Saudi Arabia. She also taught at McGill University, Canada. In the USA she has taught at University of Houston-Downtown and University of St. Thomas, teaching undergraduate and MBA classes at the Cameron School of Business. In her research pursuits, she was Senior Research Fellow at the Mehboob ul Huq Human Development Center, Islamabad; conducted research on the impact of Globalization on South Asian Countries. She remained Scholar-in-Residence at Sindh Development Studies Center, University of Sind, associated with the LBOD (Left Bank Outfall Drainage) Project sponsored by World Bank and CIDA. Her recent publications include a paper on Al Azhar Park, Cairo, Egypt. The findings were presented in a paper titled ‘Economic and Ecological Partnership” at the United Nations Academy of Management Global Forum and was received as one of the best papers presented at the conference. The same was published in International Journal of Ecology & Development. Her research interest in Microfinance and poverty led to a paper titled “A Symbiotic Relationship between Microfinance Institution and Borrowers” published in Ivey Business Journal, Toronto, Canada. Last June, she presented a paper on “South Asian Urban Slums,” at the conference sponsored by University of Copenhagen, Denmark. In her civic life, she was also a member on the advisory Board of Bonuik Center, Rice University and member of Houston Mayor Bill White’s “International Affairs and Development Council for South Asia.”

Tatsuki Matsui
Location: Japan
Dr. Tatsuki Matsui is a space physicist who earned his B.S. in Physics from Keio University, Japan (1999) and his Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Iowa (2008). His specialties are theoretical physics of space and fusion plasmas, and massively parallel plasma particle simulations. He has worked at the medical imaging and high-performance computing lab at the University of Iowa Hospital, Los Alamos National Laboratory, etc. As a math/science instructor, he has been a UMUC Asia faculty member since 2013.

Kazue Matsuoka
Location: Okinawa
Ms. Matsuoka earned a B.A. in psychology from the University of the Ryukyus and a M.Ed. in counseling and personnel services in the Maryland graduate counseling program offered in Okinawa. She holds a Japanese teaching credential from Tokyo International College, and took additional undergraduate work from UMUC in Okinawa. She has participated in a variety of professional development workshops both in Japan and in the United States. Before joining UMUC Ms. Matsuoka had experience teaching Japanese language at the Okinawa International Center and the psychology of education at the University of the Ryukyus. She has taught throughout Okinawa since joining the UMUC faculty in 1999.

Mary McCarrick
Location: Korea
Dr. Mary (Malia) McCarrick holds a B.A.A. in Broadcast and Cinematic Arts from Central Michigan University, an M.A. in English from Western Michigan University, and a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences with a Specialization in Creative Writing from the Union Institute and University. After spending eight years as a rock radio DJ, she began teaching from 1996-1998 at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan, before moving to Hawaii, where she taught from 1998 to 2008 at Chaminade University, Hawaii Pacific University, and for the University of Hawaii Community College System in Honolulu. She most enjoyed teaching military students on Pearl Harbor Naval Base, Schofield Barracks, Fort Shafter Army Base and Hickam Air Force Base. From 2009 until 2014, she taught in South Florida at Florida Atlantic University, Florida Memorial University, Palm Beach State College, Broward College, and Indian River State College. She joined UMUC Asia in 2014. She has published poetry and numerous nonfiction articles. She's currently working on a piece of long fiction.

Celeste McCarty
Location: Okinawa
Ms. McCarty earned a B.S. in Psychology and a M.A. in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas. She was a recipient of the President's Medal at Midwestern State for earning the highest academic achievements for both degree programs. She began teaching in 2000 and taught Psychology courses at Midwestern State University, Valdosta State University (GA), South Georgia College, and UMUC Asia. Ms. McCarty began teaching Psychology DE online courses for UMUC Asia in Fall of 2011 and on-site classes in Okinawa in Spring of 2012. She was previously employed at North Texas State Hospital as a Staff Psychologist II, at Midtown Psychological Associates as a Psychometrist, and self-employed offering contract psychological services (i.e. therapy, evaluations, psycho-education, court testimony) through Pinnacle Counseling, where she worked extensively with state agencies. Currently, she resides and teaches in Okinawa, Japan, where she is stationed with her active-duty military husband and two daughters.

Leon McCrillis
Location: Guam
Dr. McCrillis earned his B.A. from La Verne College and both his M.A. and Ph.D. in history from the University of California at Riverside. His graduate background is broad, with concentrations in Medieval Europe, Early Modern Europe, and Nineteenth and Twentieth Century American and Medieval Literature. His dissertation was on 'The Demonization of Minority Groups during the Central Middle Ages.' Among his awards and honors are two NDEA Fellowships and a Chancellors Patent Fund Grant for research at the British Museum and the Warburg Institute. After teaching in the Chapman College PACE program aboard U.S. Navy vessels and the University of California at Riverside, Dr. McCrillis joined the Asian Division faculty in the Philippines in 1983. He relocated to Guam in 1992, where he has taught since then.

John McMillan
Location: Japan
Mr. McMillan holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and an M.S. in computer systems management from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School. A retired officer in the U.S. Navy, he gained much technical, computer-related and management experience during his career, along with extensive training experience; his most recent Navy assignment was as Commander Fleet Training Group Western Pacific at Yokosuka, Japan. In the business world Mr. McMillan has been a self-employed technology and management consultant; Vice President of Universal Distributing of Nevada, a high-tech manufacturer and distributor; and Vice President for Operations and later President of Regency International Trading Company, a Tokyo-based systems firm. He joined the Asian Division faculty in 1998 and has taught throughout the Tokyo area and in the UMUC online learning program.

Judith McNeely
Location: Okinawa
Dr. McNeely holds a B.A. in English Education from Louisiana Tech University, an M.A. in English from McNeese State University, and a Ph.D. in English from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She began her teaching career as a secondary English instructor. After completing her master’s degree, Dr. McNeely taught composition and literature at Northwestern State University’s Fort Polk campus where she became interested in online teaching. She taught online composition and literature courses for five years before joining UMUC’s Collegiate Traveling Faculty. Dr. McNeely’s primary scholarly research interest is the literature of war.

Jan McNeil
Location: Okinawa
Dr. McNeil holds a B.S. in speech communication education from Louisiana State University, an M.A. in speech communication from Memphis State University, an M.A. in English with a concentration in English as a second language from the University of Memphis, an M.Ed. in educational psychology from the University of Hawai`i, and a Ph.D. in multilingual/multicultural education and communication from Florida State University. She also served as a Fellow at the Summer Institute for Intercultural Communication during three summers in Oregon and completed two related professional certificates. Dr. McNeil has taught seasoned professionals as well as both traditional and nontraditional students in higher education. In the USA, she taught in Hawai`i, Florida, Tennessee, Mississippi, and Louisiana; and internationally, she taught in Singapore, first for the National University of Singapore and later for the University at Buffalo; in China for Wenzhou Kean University; and in Taiwan, Qatar, Russia, the Republic of Georgia, France, and Germany. She joined the UMUC Asia faculty in 2014 and is teaching in Okinawa.

Momoe Miyagi
Location:
Ms. Miyagi holds a Master of Online Learning degree from the University of Maryland University College Graduate School and earlier earned a B.S. in business and management from UMUC. Her first baccalaureate was a B.S. in health sciences from the University of the Ryukyus in Okinawa. She also studied in the United States where she earned an A.S. degree in respiratory therapy from Pima Community College in Tucson, Arizona. She holds a certification in Japanese language instruction from the International Language Center. Ms. Miyagi has worked as a medical technologist in Okinawa, a respiratory therapist in Tucson, Arizona, and as an instructor in the U.S. Army Head Start Program. She joined the UMUC faculty in 1986 and has taught a wide range of courses in Japanese language and culture in Okinawa, as well as in UMUC's online online learning programs. Ms Miyagi is involved in community activities and is a member of the board of directors of the Okinawa Prefecture UNESCO Association. Ms. Miyagi received a Teaching Recognition Award in 2013.

Mark Monahan
Location: Korea
Dr. Monahan received his B.S.F.S. in international relations from the School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, and his M.A. in Oriental studies from the University of Arizona, returning to Georgetown to earn his Ph.D. in Asian studies. He also studied at the Japanese National Institute for Defense Studies. Dr. Monahan first taught for the Asian Division in 1989 in Korea, and has taught there regularly, as well as in Okinawa, since 1991. He taught at the U.S. Marine Corps Command and Staff College, and also taught and held a number of administrative and advising positions at Yonsei University in Korea. A retired officer in the U.S. Marine Corps, his professional responsibilities during his military career were often related to his specialized knowledge of Asia, including military matters, and to his language proficiency in Korean, Japanese, and Chinese.

Ralph Mora
Location: Japan
Dr. Ralph Mora took his BA in psychology from City College of New York. He took his MA and PhD in clinical psychology from Adelphi University. Dr. Mora has taught psychology for UMUC's European and Asian divisions. In addition to teaching for UMUC Asia, Dr. Mora is active in his field: he has served as a clinical director at the Keller Army Community Hospital Counseling Center, as the department head of the Educational and Developmental Intervention Services at US Naval Hospital in Sigonella, Sicily, and as program coordinator of Exceptional Family Member Sercices in Vicenza, Italy. Dr. Mora rejoined UMUC Asia in June 2009.

Yoko Morimoto
Location: Guam
Ms. Yoko Morimoto took her BA in Japenese literature and education from Tezukayama Gakuin University and her MEd in education from the University of Pittsburgh. She has been teaching Japanese at the secondary and university levels for over ten years. Ms. Morimoto joined UMUC Asia in 2008.

Hiroyuki Nishikawa
Location: Japan
Mr. Nishikawa received his bachelor's degree in language and literature education from Waseda University in Tokyo. He has worked in special language programs for the city of Hachinohe, Japan, and is currently teaching in Hachinohe Technical High School in the same city. He has been teaching for UMUC at Misawa Air Base since 1986. Mr. Nishikawa has been recognized by the city of Hachinohe for his major contributions to cultural understanding and by Misawa Air Base commanders for building cultural bridges between the military and the local community. He has completed several seminars and workshops in language teaching.

Brian Norcross
Location: Korea
Dr. Norcross holds a B.A. in Communication Studies from California State University, Long Beach, M.A. in Communication from the University of Wyoming, and a Ph.D. in Speech Communication from Southern Illinois University. He taught at Pepperdine University before joining the faculty of University of Maryland University College Asia in 2014. During his years at the University of Wyoming and Southern Illinois University he served as an Assistant Debate Coach, also holding the position of Assistant Director of Forensics at Pepperdine University, overseeing the parliamentary debate team. His research interests include argumentation, persuasion, popular culture, intercultural communication, and political communication.

Douglas Oba
Location: Okinawa
Dr. Oba earned a BS in Microbiology from Brigham Young University and a Ph.D. in Experimental Pathology from the University of Florida in Gainesville. He continued his research in human herpesvirus pathogenesis during a three year research fellowship at Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago. Dr. Oba came to UMUC after teaching 11 years at the Marshfield campus of the University of Wisconsin Colleges. Prior to that position he taught six years on the beautiful north shore of Oahu at Brigham Young University-Hawaii and six years at Viterbo University in La Crosse, Wisconsin.

Douglas Ostrom
Location: Japan
Dr. Ostrom earned his B.A. in economics from the University of Washington in Seattle and his Ph.D., also in economics, from the University of Michigan. He also studied at the Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies in Tokyo. Dr. Ostrom has taught at Dartmouth College, Williams College, the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at The Johns Hopkins University, Syracuse University, and The George Washington University. His experience includes service with organizations including the Japan Economic Institute and the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency. He has a number of professional publications and joined the UMUC faculty in 2006.

Kijun Park
Location: Korea
Mr. Park received a B.A. in political science and an M.P.A. in foreign affairs and national security, both from Yonsei University in Korea, and an M.S. in telecommunications and network management from Syracuse University in New York. The title of his M.S. project was "Home Networking Systems on Wireless Grids." While at Syracuse University he gained experience as a consultant in the interactive media lab at the university's Maxwell School. Mr. Park also has varied experience as a computer consultant in Korea. He joined the UMUC Asia faculty during academic year 2005-2006.

John Philips
Location: Japan
Dr. Philips earned his Ph.D. in history and his M.A. in African Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles. His B.A. in history is from Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Philips has research interests in African and Islamic studies, and in Middle Eastern history and politics. He has published in the Journal of American Studies, the Journal of African History, African Studies Review, the Middle Eastern Studies Bulletin, the Journal of Asian and African Studies, and others. Dr. Philips has been a Fulbright scholar (University of Sokoto), and has received research grants from the National Geographic Society, the Japanese Ministry of Education, and other agencies. He has taught in Misawa since joining the UMUC Asia faculty in 2004.

Gyongyi Plucer-Rosario
Location: Guam
Ms. Plucer-Rosario initially taught with UMUC from 1984 to 1992 after receiving her M.S. in marine biology from the University of Guam. Her B.A. in humanistic ecology is from Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio. She has special interests and publications in the field of marine ecology. Ms. Plucer-Rosario has served as the senior researcher on numerous federal projects studying the effects of development on rare and endangered corals and coral reefs. Her 1982 Hard Coral Survey was an influential study of the damage to coral from tourism and development. In 1985 she pioneered a Maryland special topics course called "The Coral Reef Ecosystem." Since rejoining UMUC Asia in 1999, Ms. Plucer-Rosario has served as a Guam Program manager, has taught both onsite and via the Online Learning Program. She was the recipient of the Drazek Teaching Excellence Award in 2005. She was selected as the Academic Coordinator, Guam in September 2011.

Neal Proctor
Location: Okinawa
Mr. Proctor earned his B.S. in history and business from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor and his M.S. in marketing communications from the University of Northern Iowa. He did additional graduate work in marketing and management at Southwest Texas State University and the University of Central Texas. He has taught at a number of different institutions, including the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, Southwestern University, Southwest Texas State University, St. Edward's University, and Temple Junior College. Mr. Proctor has extensive business experience in the marketing and management of various types of real estate properties, and also has experience as a marketing consultant. Since joining UMUC in 1992 he has taught in Misawa, Kwajalein, Korea, and Okinawa.

Joseph Rice
Location: Korea
Dr. Rice received his B.A. in expressive arts (theatre) from Evergreen State College, his M.A. in humanities from the University of Houston, and his Ph.D. in speech communication from the University of Texas at Austin. He also completed considerable coursework in computing from UMUC. Dr. Rice taught at the University of Texas at Austin and at Galveston College. He has extensive professional experience in the computer field with several years of employment in programming and other computer-related positions. In addition, he is a widely experienced professional musician, performer, and actor. Dr. Rice joined the UMUC faculty in 1998 and taught in Misawa and at locations throughout Korea. Transferring to UMUCfs European Division, he taught in the Azores, Kuwait, and at two locations in the Sinai, Egypt, before rejoining UMUC in Asia in August 2004.

Hyoik Ryu
Location: Korea
Dr. Ryu holds a B.S. in microbiology from Seoul National University, and an M.S. in veterinary microbiology and a Ph.D. in veterinary microbiology (immunology), both from Iowa State University. He also earned an M.B.A. in human resource management from Hood College in Frederick, Maryland. Dr. Ryu is a currently a professor in the Department of Biochemistry at Yeungnam University in Daegu. His varied experience includes a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Arkansas, service as a senior scientist at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, and two years as a professor at the Central America Health Sciences University, Belize City, Belize. He has also managed his own biotech firm, has published a number of scientific papers, and holds several patents. Dr. Ryu has taught in the Daegu and Busan area since joining the UMUC Asia faculty in 2001.

Edwyn Saiki
Location: Japan
Mr. Saiki earned his B.Ed. in secondary education from the University of Hawaii, and subsequently earned an M.A. in management and supervision from Central Michigan University. During 22 years in the U.S. Air Force he gained broad experience teaching military-related subjects. Mr. Saiki has taught at Central Texas College, and more recently at Kyorin University in Tokyo. During his military career he had extensive experience in morale, welfare and recreation, military food services, and club management. He also served as a Guidance Counselor and Acting Education Services Officer at Yokota Air Base. Mr. Saiki joined the Asian Division faculty in 1989 and has taught at Yokota Air Base and Sasebo Naval Base.

Dennis Shah
Location: Okinawa
Mr. Shah earned a B.E. in electrical engineering from the University of Baroda in India, an M.S., also in electrical engineering, from the University of Saskatchewan, and an M.S. in computer science from New York Institute of Technology. He has taught at the University of Saskatchewan, New York Institute of Technology, Medaille College, and at Wesley College in Dover, Delaware. He also has professional engineering experience with an electrical power firm in Ahmedabad, India. Mr. Shah joined the Asian Division faculty in 1996 and has taught in the Tokyo area, Misawa, Korea, and for several years in Okinawa.

Woo-Ill Shim
Location: Korea
Ms. Woo-il Shim holds a BA in Korean language Education, an MA in Korean linguistics, both from Sangmyung University, and is currently completing a PhD dissertation in Korean Linguistics at Sungkyunkwan University. She holds Certificates in Korean language teaching and pedagogy and has taught in several universities in Korea, as well as a Korean Language School in Canada and for UNESCO in Korea. She has specialized professional experiences in teaching Korean language in a head start program for US soldiers, as a researcher at the Advanced Information Technology Research Center of Korea, and has published three books on the topic of linguistics and teaching Korean language to foreigners. Since joining the UMUC Asia faculty in 2000, Ms. Shim has been teaching at military installations all over South Korea. She received a Teaching Recognition Award in 2011 and in 2012, she was the recipient of the Drazek Teaching Excellence Award.

Masao Shimoji
Location: Okinawa
Dr. Shimoji received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D., all in electrical engineering, from Iowa State University. He has taken additional computer-related work toward a second master's degree from California State University at Chico. Dr. Shimoji has taught at Iowa State University, Gonzaga University, and CSU Chico. He has extensive research experience in digital signal processing (DSP) application development, photonics, electromagnetics and switching power supplies, resulting in numerous publications and two U.S. patents. His research has been supported by grants from organizations in both the US and Japan. Dr. Shimoji first taught for UMUC Asia in 1998 in Okinawa, rejoining the faculty in August 2004, and has primarily taught in Korea and Okinawa.

Koo-Sik Shin
Location: Korea
Dr. Shin holds a B.B.A. from Hongik University, a M.A. in international economics from Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, a Master of Finance from St. Louis University, and two Ph.D. degrees, one in international management from Dongguk University and another in international relations from Newcastle University. He is currently serving as Director of the Trade Inquiry Office for the Korea International Trade Association (KITA) which briefs all foreign firms coming to Korea, providing information about the business climate and economic trends. Dr. Shin has taught at Kyungin Women's University and the Korea International Trade Institute and has made research trips to numerous locations in Europe, Asia, Australia, and the US. He joined UMUC Asia in Korea in January, 2000.

Paul Sidoff
Location: Korea
Mr. Sidoff received his B.S. in biology from the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee and his M.S. in educational leadership from Troy State University. During a career of more than 20 years as an officer in the U.S. Army he gained a wide variety of experience through military training, including attending the Command and General Staff College, and worked primarily as a military intelligence professional. Mr. Sidoff holds a teaching certificate in Washington State and has attended several different workshops in the United States related to secondary-level science teaching. An experienced teacher at Seoul American High School, he joined the UMUC Asia faculty at Yongsan in 1995.

Kim Skoog
Location: Guam
Dr. Skoog received his B.A. in philosophy from the University of Minnesota and his M.A., also in philosophy, from the University of Washington. At the University of Hawaii, where he received his Ph.D. in philosophy, he specialized in Asian philosophies and Sanskrit. He has published on Asian philosophies and religions and conducts annual study tours to China and Tibet. Dr. Skoog has taught at Frostburg State University in Maryland, the University of Hawaii, Honolulu Community College, Rainer College, and the University of Guam. He has taught a wide range of courses in philosophy since joining the UMUC faculty in Guam in 1990.

Cardale Smith
Location: Japan
Mr. Smith received his B.S. and M.A., both in political science, from Eastern New Mexico University at Portales, New Mexico, and is a Ph.D. candidate at Clark Atlanta University, working on a dissertation entitled 'Public Policy of Euthanasia in America.' He has taught at Clovis Community College in New Mexico, Eastern New Mexico University, and Central Texas College in Korea. Mr. Smith has been a probation and parole officer in Hobbs, New Mexico, and has also been active in politics in New Mexico. Since joining the Asian Division faculty in 1998 he has taught in Sasebo, the Tokyo area, Okinawa and Korea, and in the online learning program.

Larry Swink
Location: Okinawa
Mr. Swink received a B.A. in political science (1974) and an M.A. in criminology (1977), both from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He took additional graduate work in the graduate school of business at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Mr. Swink has extensive professional experience in law enforcement, having served with the Wisconsin Department of Justice (1977-1981), the Office of the Wisconsin Commissioner of Securities (from 1981-1983), and from 1983-2003 with the U.S. Naval Criminal Investigative Service. He gained extensive experience teaching in-service training courses while serving with the U.S. Naval Criminal Investigative Service. In 1996 he was selected as a Mike Mansfield Fellow (a two-year program). In 1996 he studied Japanese and completed the U.S. State Department's Advanced Japanese Studies Program before moving to Tokyo in 1997. During 1997 he interacted with Japanese police organizations throughout Japan. Mr. Swink joined the UMUC faculty in 2005. In December 2012 he was awarded a M.S. degree in legal studies with a concentration in criminal justice.

Noriko Tanabe
Location: Japan
Ms. Tanabe earned her bachelor's degree in language and literature from the University of the Sacred Heart in Tokyo, Japan, and received a certificate in the teaching of Japanese from Kokusai Kaiwa Gakuin, also in Tokyo. She began teaching with the Asian Division in 1989 after conducting Japanese language classes at the Tokyo Culture Center and for officers and enlisted personnel at Yokosuka Naval Base. Ms. Tanabe also has experience in teaching Japanese life and culture to members of the Yokosuka military community through base-sponsored programs.

Ray Thompson
Location: Okinawa
Mr. Thompson holds a B.A. in biology and science education from the University of South Florida and an M.Ed. in science education and marine biology, also from the University of South Florida. He took additional graduate training in chemistry, geology, and oceanography from the University of South Florida and other institutions. Mr. Thompson taught at the middle school level in Florida and has more than 20 years of teaching experience in the Department of Defense Dependents Schools in Torrejon, Spain; Iraklion, Crete; Yokosuka, Japan; SHAPE, Belgium; and at the Daegu American School in Korea. He joined the UMUC Asia faculty in 1995 and taught in Yokosuka, Japan and more recently in the Daegu, Korea area.

Michael Tisher
Location: Japan
Mr. Tisher received his B. S. in computer science and earned two M.S. degrees in mathematics, one from McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana and another from Louisiana State University. Mr. Tisher has taught mathematics at Louisiana State University and at McNeese State University. In the latter university, he taught not only to college students but also to children in a developmental math program, and has also worked as a counselor and administrator in a program for gifted children. He has had experience in the scheduling and executing of computer tape and print jobs at the Exxon Computing Services Center in Houston and has experience in the editing and revising of math textbooks. Since joining UMUC Asia in 1999, Mr. Tisher has taught in various locations in Japan and in the online learning program, and received the Drazek Teaching Excellence Award in 2005.

Mieko Toma
Location: Okinawa
Ms. Toma received her B.A. in Asian Studies from UMUC Asia, with an emphasis on the courses in Okinawan and Ryukyuan culture and history made available to UMUC students on Okinawa. Subsequently she earned a certificate in teaching Japanese as a foreign language from the International Center of Language and Culture. Ms. Toma also completed historical guide training offered through the Okinawa Tourist and Convention Bureau. She joined the UMUC Asia faculty in 1987 and has taught courses in Japanese language and culture regularly at all UMUC locations throughout Okinawa.

Robert Walker
Location: Okinawa
Dr. Walker holds a B.A. in political science from Goddard College, a J.D. from Vermont Law School, and an L.L.M. in tax law from Boston University Law School. While on a Fulbright International Fellowship (in conjunction with the University of Maryland, College Park, Department of Economics IRIS project), Dr. Walker taught for two years at the Kazahkstan Institute of Management, Economics, and Strategic Research in Almaty, Kazakhstan. He has also taught as an adjunct faculty member at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and for the American Bankers Association. Dr. Walker was a practicing attorney in the Office of Chief Counsel (International and General Litigation Divisions), Internal Revenue Service, in Washington, D.C. He is a member of the bars of the State of New York, the District of Columbia, the United States Tax Court, the Federal Court of Claims, and the United States Supreme Court. Dr. Walker has extensive additional professional experience in government and industry as an attorney working in tax, estate and trust law. He has taught in Okinawa and Korea since joining the UMUC faculty in 2002.

David Wills
Location: Okinawa
Mr. Wills earned his B.S. in computer science from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and his M.S. in computer science from New Mexico State University at Las Cruces, New Mexico. He has taken additional graduate work in computer science at the University of Minnesota. He has taught at New Mexico State and the University of Minnesota, and during academic year 1990-91 in UMUC's European Division, at sites in Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands. Mr. Wills has professional experience in the computer field with a number of organizations including the National Security Agency; Dynalectron Corporation, at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico; the department of physics at New Mexico State University; the New Mexico Solar Energy Institute; and the IBM and Honeywell corporations. He has taught in Korea and Okinawa, and in the UMUC online learning program, since joining the Asian Division faculty in 1996.

James Wyatt
Location: Japan
Dr. Wyatt earned his B.A. and M.A. in English from Northeast Louisiana University. His Ph.D., also in English, is from the University of Kentucky, where his research was concentrated in Middle English Literature; his dissertation involves an analysis of Malory's 'Tale of Gareth.' He has taught at Northeast Louisiana University and the University of Kentucky, and also at Lexington Community College, Lindsey Wilson College, and Prestonsburg Community College. Dr. Wyatt joined the Asian Division in 1993 and has taught in Korea, Guam, Okinawa, and the Tokyo area, and in the UMUC online learning program.

Sehwan Yoo
Location: Korea
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Antonia Yoon
Location: Korea
Ms. Yoon earned her B.S. in mathematics from the University of Florida at Gainesville, and also holds a Master of Arts in Teaching, with a major in mathematics, from the University of Florida. She has a variety of computer programming experience. She taught at the University of Florida where she was a lecturer and a teaching assistant, and more recently at KangNung National University in Korea. Ms. Yoon joined the Asian Division faculty in October 1997 and has been teaching at numerous locations in Korea and in the Online Learning Program.

You-sook Yoon
Location: Korea
Ms. Yoon has been teaching Korean language since 1998. She has taught at Camp Humphreys and Camp Henry. Ms. Yoon is a fulltime English at a Seoul Language Institute. She holds the B.A. degree from Sungkyungkwan and the M.S. degree at State University of New York, Albany. At SUNY, Albany, she taught English to international students.

Pamela You
Location: Korea
Ms. You holds a B.A. in accounting from Loyola College in Baltimore, Maryland, and an M.B.A. in finance from the City University of London, United Kingdom. She has taught in Korea at Hongik University, Yonsei University, Dongduk Womens University, and Korea University. Ms. You has a wide range of professional experience in Korea, the United States, and the United Kingdom. In Korea, this included service with the Royal Bank of Canada, Seoul Branch; Ernst and Young Consulting; and Cosa Libermann, Puma Division. She joined the UMUC Asia faculty in 1999 and has taught at several locations in Korea and in the online learning program.