I first visited Japan in the spring of 1995, and I returned to work here in March of 1996. I spent two years teaching conversation in Tottori and one in Kurume before going to Australia to complete my first Master’s. I came back to Japan in 2000 to began teaching at the tertiary level in Nagoya. I am currently an Assistant Professor responsible for overseeing the Business English Program in the Department of Business Administration at Nanzan University and I also teach at Chukyo University.
Within JALT I have held a number of positions in the ER and CALL SIGs, including Coordinator, Membership Chair, AM Liaison, and Seminar Chair. I also contribute by proofreading, editing and writing for the ER SIG publications, by helping with the annual JALT PanSIG conference, and I have served on two national committees and one working group.
I have a BA in Women’s Studies from University of California, Berkeley, an MA in Applied Linguistics from the University of Southern Queensland, and an MA in Educational Technology from Michigan State University. My research interests include the application of technology to learning and teaching and the use of extensive reading to promote language learning.