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Speech Communication
Collegiate Associate Professor

Dr. Rob Walsh is a Collegiate Traveling Faculty member in communication studies with UMUC Asia. Rob earned a Ph.D. in Occupational & Adult Education at North Dakota State University—a Carnegie Commission on Higher Education top research university. His dissertation topic was “Using learning modules for instructor neutrality in ethical quagmires: A cross-curricular study in academic debate.” Other areas of research include teaching and learning in blended learning; Asian models of adult education; identity and transformative learning; interpersonal and group dynamics; service learning; local food systems initiatives; and implicit assumption in social contexts. From 2003-2008, Rob taught in South Korea as a visiting professor of English and communication; his last post at Kyung Hee University in Seoul. In 1998, he began consulting to assist Fortune 500 companies with breakthroughs in conflict management, teamwork, handling constructive criticism, and presentational speaking. Rob grew up in Maynard, Minnesota and attended St. Cloud State University for his undergraduate (communication and English) and graduate (interpersonal communication) degrees.

Adjunct Associate Professor

Prof. Pamela Westbrook holds a EdD from the University of Northern Colorado, a MEd and BS from Memphis State University.

Christine Adcock Wettlaufer
English, Writing, Speech
Collegiate Professor

Over 30 years ago, Dr. Wettlaufer enlisted the U.S. Army. In 2005, she earned a commission as an officer with the U.S. Coast Guard and served as the first commissioned female patrol commander of a Maritime Force Protection Unit. Following her retirement, she dedicated herself to lifelong passions of teaching & traveling. Her faculty position with UMUC is her way to serve the military and stay close to the culture and people she loves. She understands the constant battle to balance military mission, family, and education. She holds a Ph.D. in applied management and decision science with a specialization in adult education and knowledge and learning management from Walden University, and MFA in film, theatre and communication arts from the University of New Orleans, an MA organizational leadership from Chapman University and a BS in liberal arts from Excelsior College Dr. Wettlaufer earned all of her degrees while serving. Before coming to Okinawa, Wettlaufer taught in Italy, England, Germany, Ireland, and Scotland. In 2016, Wettlaufer earned distinction as a Stanley J. Drazek Teaching Excellence Award winner. This is her fifth year with UMUC-Europe. Dr. Wettlaufer teaches and travels the world with Jasper, her a faithful Labrador. She is an avid backpacker with an untiring wanderlust. In 2018, she published a travelogue about her trek across Spain.

Asian Studies
Adjunct Instructor
Prof. Lisa Wilcut holds a MA from Stanford University, another MA from San Francisco State University, a BS from Towson University and another BS from the University of Southern Mississippi.
Collegiate Professor

Dr. James Wyatt has been teaching with the Asian Division since 1993. He began teaching in Korea for two years, living in Ouijongbu near Camp Red Cloud and working mostly with the 2nd Infantry Division in base camps near the DMZ. From Korea, he traveled to Guam and taught there for five years. Since 1999, he has taught mostly on the Kanto Plain near Tokyo, making periodic trips to Okinawa. He received a B.A. and M.A. From the University of Louisiana at Monroe in 1969 and 1973, respectively. In 1986, he received his PhD in English Literature from the University of Kentucky. He is a veteran of the Vietnam Era, having served with the U.S. Army Infantry. He has been teaching college English since 1969.