Faculty

Our faculty contains an excellent collection of qualified and committed teaching staff from various reaches of the globe. We work together to create a highly professional environment, suitable materials and challenging curriculum that best serves the needs of our ever-growing student body. Check below if you are interested in joining our team.

Full Timers

On a day-to-day basis, our team of eleven full-time A.L.E.s (Associate Lecturers of English) are responsible for producing and assessing all the course materials, managing the teaching program for their particular course(s), hiring all new staff and planning any future changes within the department. They are also strongly committed to developing both their own professional skills and the research focus of the faculty. They are well trained in the field and motivated towards the improvement of the School and the students they serve.

Jennifer Jordan

Associate Professor - ELP Director

Jen has been teaching in Japan for 10 years; at KGU’s School of Policy Studies for 8 of them. She is currently co-director of the English Language Program.  Before Japan, she taught for 11 years in South Korea, mostly in Daegu, but also in Daejeon. She received her BA in English Literature from James Madison University in Virginia in the USA, her MA in Applied Linguistics from Macquarie University in Sydney Australia, and is currently working on a PhD from Cardiff University in Wales. Her research interests include writing pedagogy, learner corpus linguistics, and language program management and development.

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Jennifer Jordan

Jennifer Jordan

Associate Professor - ELP Director

Andrea Tan

Associate Lecturer of English

Andrea Tan was awarded her doctorate in Education from Bangor University in the UK. She graduated from the National University of Singapore with a BA (Second Upper Hons), and went on to receive her MA research degree in English language.  She has won several prestigious scholarships from government bodies and universities in Singapore and the UK.

Dr Tan’s research focuses mainly on pedagogical approaches for teaching students who are learning English as a Second/Foreign Language. In particular, she is interested in the ways bilingual learners (including those with special educational needs) can be better supported in schools and institutions. Her work has been presented at various international conferences and seminars.

Prior to joining Kwansei Gakuin University, Dr Tan worked as a part-time lecturer at Bangor University and trained pre-service teachers on supporting bilingual learners. With an accredited postgraduate teaching qualification from Singapore, Dr Tan has more than 10 years’ experience teaching English to learners from Asia, the Middle East and Europe.

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Andrea Tan

Andrea Tan

Associate Lecturer of English

Mary Hillis

Associate Lecturer of English

Mary graduated from Muskingum University with a BA in French, International Business, and Economics. She earned her MA TESOL from Bowling Green State University. She is a member of TESOL and has served as chair of the Awards and Grants Committee. Her teaching and research interests are academic writing and writing centers. At Kwansei Gakuin, Mary has coordinated the EC5 and EC6 Seminar courses.

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Mary Hillis

Mary Hillis

Associate Lecturer of English

Mike Delve

Associate Lecturer of English

Michael received his BA in Public Administration from Nottingham Trent University, and his MA in Teaching English as a Foreign Language from the University of Birmingham. As an ALE, he is coordinating and developing materials for an academic listening course. His research interests include vocabulary acquisition and psycholinguistics. In particular, he is researching how second language learners acquire an aural vocabulary and which strategies can most effectively be employed to promote this type of vocabulary acquisition. His MA dissertation investigated the influence of L1 on the acquisition of L2 collocations, and this continues to be one of his main research interests.

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Mike Delve

Mike Delve

Associate Lecturer of English

George Schaaff

Associate Lecturer of English

George has received a BA in Creative Writing from the State University of New York, a Cambridge CELTA (Certificate of English Language Teaching to Adults), and an MSEd in TESOL from Temple University. As an ALE, he is coordinating and developing materials for an academic listening course. His research continues to focus on consciousness raising, in particular how students acquire language through tasks that promote hypothesis testing, problem solving, and critical thinking. He is also interested in conversation analysis, in particular interaction through lingua franca and classroom communication between language teachers and university students.

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George Schaaff

George Schaaff

Associate Lecturer of English

Thomas Stones

Associate Lecturer of English

Thomas has been involved in English-language teaching for over 10 years and has taught in a wide range of contexts, largely in Japan. Most recently, he was the Academic Manager of a language centre that focuses on preparing learners for higher education overseas and for Master's degree programmes in particular by equipping them with the necessary academic and intercultural skills required for study abroad. He has also worked on Master's preparation in the UK with students progressing on to management and business-related Master's degrees.

He has earned Cambridge CELTA and DELTA qualifications and holds an MSc in TESOL, the dissertation for which was focused on development of seminar participation skills. His current research interests include developing interactional competence and learner autonomy as well as exploiting emergent opportunities for language learning. He has published and presented on these subjects.

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Thomas Stones

Thomas Stones

Associate Lecturer of English

Sean Gay

Associate Lecturer of English

Sean Gay was awarded his Doctorate of Philosophy from Walden University in Minnesota, in the United States. He also has a Master of Science from Temple University in TESOL and a Baccalaureate of Science in Philosophy from the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire campus.

Dr. Gay’s research in EFL/ESL focuses primarily on identity development during language acquisition, in particular how identity development can be fostered through pedagogy. He is currently focusing much of his research on the efficacy of CLIL to foster identity development in language learners.

Prior to working for Kwansei Gakuin University, Dr. Gay worked as a Shokutaku Lecturer at Ritsumeikan University in the Department of Science and Engineering. In that position, he focused on developing aspects of science and engineering content into the English language curriculum. He has more than a decade of experience in teaching Japanese University students and is currently working on writing and editing a book to help students through the doctoral process.

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Sean Gay

Sean Gay

Associate Lecturer of English

Kevin Ballou

Associate Lecturer of English

Kevin earned a BA in International Relations from Tufts University in Massachusetts and an MA in English as a Second Language from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He has taught English as a foreign language in the Asia-Pacific region for over 20 years. His research interests include curriculum design, study abroad, and educational technology.

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Kevin Ballou

Kevin Ballou

Associate Lecturer of English

Lucas Dickerson

Associate Lecturer of English

Lucas received his Master of Fine Arts in 2D Studio Art and his Masters of Arts in TESOL from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Prior to teaching at Kwansei Gakuin University, Lucas taught Art and Design at Southern Illinois University, was a Lecturer in SIUC’s Center for English as a Second Language, and was an Assistant Professor at Kansai Gaidai University. Lucas’ research interests include curriculum design and combining language education with the Arts.

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Lucas Dickerson

Lucas Dickerson

Associate Lecturer of English

Daniel Ball

Associate Lecturer of English

Daniel received his BA in English Literature from the University of Texas at Austin and his MSEd in TESOL from Shenandoah University. Prior to teaching at Kwansei Gakuin University, Daniel taught English at the University of North Texas, the University of Maryland, and Kansai Gaidai University. Daniel's research interests are primarily focused on L2 Literacy, especially as it relates to reading motivation and the cognitive variables that are involved in reading comprehension.

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Daniel Ball

Daniel Ball

Associate Lecturer of English

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Part – Timers

We currently employ 40 part-time teaching staff who all work cohesively within the structure of our integrated program. Expectations are high but our tireless teachers strive to reach them and get the very best out of our students. Their input, based on the class groups they regularly meet, is invaluable in ensuring our materials and curricula best meet our present and future student needs. Most of our part-time teachers usually have three classes a day over two separate days, including at least one academic writing class.

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