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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 received her B.A. from Kyoritsu Women's University in Tokyo. She has completed the studies for the 420 hour Advanced Skills of Teaching Japanese Language Course conducted by the International Education Training School in Tokyo. She additionally has a qualification of the Japanese Language Teaching Competency Test, authorized by the Japanese Ministry of Education, and administered by the Association of International Education. Ms. Kanai began her career of teaching Japanese as a foreign language at ITS Language Center in Hiroo, Tokyo. She joined UMUC in 1989, and has experience teaching eight face to face Japanese courses (JAPN 111, 112, 114, 115, 221, 222, 224, 225 ) for UMUC Asia in the Tokyo area (NAF Atsugi, Camp Zama, Camp Fuji and Yokota Air Base).

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.

Daniel Karanja
Location: Japan
Dr. Karanja holds a B.A. in Theological Studies from East Africa School of Theology, Nairobi, Kenya. He also holds an M.Div in Culture and personality from Boston University; an M.A in military science from Air University; an M.A. in Religion and Conflict Transformation from Boston University; an M.A. in Negotiation Conflict and Peace Building from California State University; a D.Min from Andover Newton Theological School and is a Ph.D. candidate (ABD) from Nova Southeastern University’s department of conflict analysis. His Scholarly Contributions include two book chapters; “Inspirational servant leadership: Nurturing youth leadership for sustainable peace in Africa, published in a 2013 edited volume; Collective Efficacy Interdisciplinary Perspectives on International Leadership by Anthony H. Normore and Nancy Erbe. Dr. Karanja also authored Female Genital Mutilation in Africa: Gender, Religion and Pastoral Care. Xulon Press (2003), FL. He was a panel member addressing post conflict violence and truth commissions in Africa at the 2013 International Peace Research Association conference held at Tsu University in Mie Prefecture, Japan. In October, 2014, Dr. Karanja will be presenting research at the Asian Education for Peace and Interfaith Congress in Hiroshima, Japan on the topic of perpetrator and victim understanding of justice, forgiveness and trauma healing.

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.