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

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

Gavin Brooks

Associate Lecturer of English
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Gavin Brooks

Gavin Brooks

Associate Lecturer of English

Luke Draper

Associate Lecturer of English
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Luke Draper

Luke Draper

Associate Lecturer of English

Aaron Geddes

Associate Lecturer of English

Aaron Received his BA Honours in Political Science from the University of Waterloo and his Master of Education TESOL from Framingham State University. Prior to working at Kwansei Gakuin University, Aaron was an Assistant Professor at Kansai Gaidai University and Hongik University in Korea. His research interests include curriculum design, meeting student needs, and educational technology.

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Aaron Geddes

Aaron Geddes

Associate Lecturer of English

Brad Colpits

Associate Lecturer of English

Brad Colpitts has been teaching English as a Foreign Language and English for Academic Purposes for over thirteen years. His teaching career began in the Japanese public school system and he then transitioned to business English teaching. Since being awarded his Master of Education in TESOL, Brad has taught exclusively in higher education, working for four years in Kwansei Gakuin University's Language Center, and in Kyoto Sangyo University's General Education Department for two years prior to that.

He currently works in the School of Policy Studies at KGU and is a doctoral candidate studying postsecondary leadership at the University of Calgary. His research interests include educational technology, corrective feedback, postsecondary learning innovation, and educational leadership.

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Brad Colpits

Brad Colpits

Associate Lecturer of English

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

***Full-time Employment Opportunities***

 

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.

***Part-time Employment Opportunities***