Faculty

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SHIRLEY TAMURA
Location: Online Learning
Dr. Tamura earned her doctorate in nutrition-epidemiology (DrPH) from the Harvard School of Public Health, and both her master's (MPH) and bachelor's (BS) degrees in public health nutrition and food science & dietetics from the University of California, Berkeley. She has published in the Journal of Nutrition Education, the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, and the Annals of Epidemiology, as well as other journals, and has contributed to collections of essays on nutrition and epidemiological topics. Dr. Tamura has been a consultant in the areas of nutrition and epidemiology, and is a registered dietitian. She joined the UMUC faculty in 2003 and has taught in the Tokyo area and in the UMUC online learning program.

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.

RICK TANNEY
Location: Korea
Mr. Tanney was born in New Castle, Pennsylvania in 1948 and has also lived in Ohio, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Germany, Texas, and Maine. He is a retired US Army Behavioral Sciences Non-Commissioned Officer and holds several degrees including: a BA in English from The Ohio State University, a BS in Computer Science from the University of Maryland, an MA in Philosophy from the University of Texas at Austin, a Master of Divinity in Pastoral Counseling and Psychology from Ashland Theological Seminary (Ashland University), and an MS in Computer Information Systems from Boston University. Currently, Mr. Tanney is working on a dissertation on the effect of familiarity factors on the perception of relative nearness in map space to complete a PhD in Spatial Information Science and Engineering at the University of Maine. His extensive teaching experience includes having taught computer science since 1985 and philosophy since 1997. Mr. Tanney joined UMUC Asia in the summer of 2010 teaching in Korea.

ELEANOR TEDESCO
Location: Online Learning
Dr. Tedesco earned a B.S. in business education from Cedar Crest College, a M.Ed., also in business education from Boston University, and an Ed.D. in business education and management from Michigan State University. She took additional graduate work in higher education administration at Northeastern University, and has taught at Northeastern, Plymouth State College, Northeast Louisiana University, Boston University, and the University of New Hampshire. Dr. Tedesco has numerous publications and varied consulting experience. She joined the Asian Division in 1989, teaching in the Philippines, Okinawa, Korea, and the Tokyo area, and also served as Computer Studies Coordinator. Dr. Tedesco has taught for several years in the UMUC online learning program.

SPYRIDON THERIANOS
Location: Guam
An Asian Division veteran, Dr. Therianos joined the UMUC faculty in 1981. After teaching briefly in Guam he relocated to Korea where he has taught since then, mostly at Osan Air Base, and in the UMUC online learning program, serving also for a year as Asian Division Mathematics Consultant. He earned his B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley, and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California at Santa Barbara, all in mathematics, and has several publications based on his research in mathematics. Dr. Therianos previously taught at U.C. Santa Barbara and in the PACE program aboard U.S. Navy vessels, through which he traveled extensively throughout the Pacific and East Asia, the Indian Ocean and Africa. He also taught at the Degree College in Athens, Greece during the year he was teaching for PACE. He rejoins the Guam faculty in January 2006.

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.

THOMAS THOMPSON
Location: Japan
Mr. Thompson received his B.A. in political science and economics from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, and, thanks to a National Science Fellowship, his M.A. in East Asian Studies from the University of Washington at Seattle. He did some additional graduate work in political science. Since joining the Asian Division faculty in 1981, his primary teaching responsibilities have been courses in East Asian history, the history of Japan, and contemporary Japanese society, but he has also frequently taught courses dealing in part with the histories of South and Southeast Asia as well as courses dealing with US foreign policy. He has assisted in the design and redesign of some of the university’s courses, and has taught for the most part in the Tokyo area. In recent years, he has published an article on Bronze Age India and a book review of a major work on the hill peoples of mainland Southeast Asia. Mr. Thompson received the Drazek Teaching Excellence Award in 2013.

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.