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.

Leslie Ono

Associate Professor - ELP Director

Leslie received her BA in Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles, and her MA in Second Language Studies from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She is currently in her final year of completing her doctorate in Applied Linguistics at Temple University Japan. As the Director of the ELP, Leslie’s primary research interests include methods of program evaluation, needs analysis, curriculum design and development, and self-access writing centers. Her dissertation research is a longitudinal quantitative investigation utilizing English achievement and proficiency measures to evaluate the performance of an English for Academic Purposes (EAP) program over a 20-year period. She is also a co-author of <em>Cover to Cover Book 3</em>, an intermediate level English reading textbook published by Oxford University Press.

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Leslie Ono

Leslie Ono

Associate Professor - ELP Director

Tim Doe

Associate Lecturer of English

Timothy received his BA in English literature from Otago University, in Dunedin, New Zealand. After moving to Japan, he completed his MSEd. with a TESOL specialization at Temple University, Japan Campus, where he is now a doctoral student completing his dissertation in Applied Linguistics. His primary research interests are focused on exploring methods to evaluate and develop learner output in language classes, in particular, speaking and writing. Recently, he has presented on research looking at group dynamics and willingness to communicate, writing fluency activities, and repetition across language speaking tasks. During his time in the ELP, Timothy has worked on materials for the beginning and intermediate level writing classes.

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Tim Doe

Tim Doe

Associate Lecturer of English

Michael Griffiths

Associate Lecturer of English

Michael received his Bachelor of Applied Science (Psychology/Biochemistry) from Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, his Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, and his Masters of Arts (Applied Linguistics) from the University of New England, Armidale. Michael has been involved in English Language Teaching since 2002. In this time, he has worked in a number of roles including language teacher, teacher trainer, program coordinator and Director of Studies. His experience has covered both the private and university sectors in Australia and Japan. Michael’s research interests include Corpus Linguistics, Learner Corpora, English for Academic Purposes, Technology Enhanced Language Learning and Mobile Learning. He has presented on a number of these areas at national and international level conferences and webinars.

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Michael Griffiths

Michael Griffiths

Associate Lecturer of English

Joshua Jodoin

Associate Lecturer of English

Joshua Jodoin is currently an Associate Lecturer of English (ALE) at Kwansei Gakuin University (KGU), Japan as well as being a PhD student in Kyoto University’s Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies (GSGES) focusing on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). He has previously worked at the University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC) and Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from the University of Calgary, finished the Cambridge Diploma of English Language Teaching to Adults (DELTA) and received a Master’s Degree in Educational Management from the Bilkent University. Joshua’s current interests include Environmental Education (EE), Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), and English as a Foreign Language (EFL). His research is focused on ways the EFL world can create stronger ties with Environmental literacy. During his time in the ELP, Josh has developed reading and listening courses as well as a Special Topics course in Environmental Ethics.

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Joshua Jodoin

Joshua Jodoin

Associate Lecturer of English

Stewart Markel

Associate Lecturer of English

Stew received his BA in International and East Asian Studies from Kalamazoo College, Michigan, and his M.Ed. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from Seattle University. He has taught undergraduate, graduate, and community college students in a number of international and US based contexts. Before relocating to Japan, Stew was the Coordinator of English for Academic Purposes (EAP) at the University of Notre Dame, Center for the Study of Languages and Cultures. His research interests include intercultural communication, International Teaching Assistant (ITA) training, and the assessment of oral proficiency.

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Stewart Markel

Stewart Markel

Associate Lecturer of English

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

Stephen McNamara

Associate Lecturer of English

Stephen McNamara has been working at Kwansei Gakuin University since 2014. In his career at the university, he has been responsible for coordinating seminar syllabi for first and second year students, as well as developing and implementing elective and semi-elective art history syllabi.

Stephen became an Associate Lecturer of English at the university after beginning as a part-time instructor. Prior to that, Stephen worked in Medical Education as a language instructor, and has been working in differing contexts in language education since the age of eighteen.

Stephen holds a Master of Education in Leadership, Policy and Change, from Monash University, Australia. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts from Sydney University, majoring in English literature. Stephen has held the position of Associate Editor for The International Journal of Social Sustainability in Economic, Social, and Cultural Contexts.

Stephen’s research interests include: content and language integrated learning in syllabus design; taxonomic approaches to language syllabus design; tacit knowledge transfer and teacher succession.

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Stephen McNamara

Stephen McNamara

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Full-time opportunities are posted here: 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 opportunities are posted here: Part-time Employment Opportunities