Faculty

Discipline: All


RICK MARTIN
Location: Korea
Dr. Martin received his B.S. in biological sciences from the University of Alaska at Fairbanks and his Ph.D. in microbiology from Michigan State University. He has taught at Lansing Community College in Michigan and at Mesa Community College and Scottsdale Community College, both in Arizona. He also served as an outreach mentor and instructor at the Arizona Science Center in Phoenix. He gained a variety of research experience while serving as a research associate in the Department of Microbiology at Michigan State University, and spent approximately three years as a research associate at the University of Queensland in Australia. Since joining the UMUC faculty in 2002, Dr. Martin has served as the Academic Director for sciences, taught in Korea, Okinawa, and in the Online Learning program, and received the Drazek Teaching Excellence award in 2009.

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.

JOHN MCCRAW
Location: Korea
Dr. John McCraw earned a B.S. in Psychology from University of Maryland-University College and a M.S. and Ph.D, also in Industrial Organizational and General Psychology, from North Central University. In 2011, he was a recipient of the Golden Key International Honor Society for Academic Excellence in his doctoral studies with a final overall grade point average of 3.9. In addition, he was elected as the American Psychology Association Committee Board Member in 2008. Since his arrival to Asia, Dr. McCraw has been an active member in the Division 52 Pacific International Member of Psychologists and Industrial Organizational Psychology Members. His dissertation works involve the process of cultural adjustment of western expats living and residing in foreign countries. In 2011, Dr. McCraw began teaching on site courses with University of Maryland University College in and around areas of Korea, such as Camp Casey, Osan Air Base, and K-16 Seoul areas. His vast qualifications in graduate work certify him to teach all levels of courses within the Psychology discipline. Currently, he resides and teaches at Osan Air Base, South Korea, where he also performs as the University of Maryland Asia Division Academic Advisor.

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
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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.

RONALD MUNSEE
Location: Korea
Mr. Munsee holds a B.A. and M.A., both in mathematics, from the University of California at Santa Barbara and an M.S. in Information Technology from University of Maryland University College. He has taught at several institutions including Golden West Community College, Saddleback Community College, and Pasadena Community College, and the overseas programs of Central Texas College. He also has extensive professional experience as a systems/software engineer with the Rockwell International Company involving programming and analysis on the Peacekeeper ICBM missile programs, and as an environmental statistician and data management engineer with Jacob's Engineering, Inc., working at the latter on projects for the U.S. Navy. Other professional experience includes website management for the Eighth US Armys G1-HR IMO, and USFKs Architecture and Interoperability Information Assurance branch. He joined the UMUC Asia faculty in 1996 and has taught in Japan and Korea and in the UMUC online learning program.