Language Faculty

  • Mayumi Mochizuki McKee

    Mayumi Mochizuki McKee

    Language Faculty, Japanese Language
    Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) 3057
    mmckee@ucsd.edu

    Fall 2018 Office Hours:
    Tuesdays & Thursdays, 10:30-11:30

    Mayumi Mochizuki McKee joined the Japanese Studies Program at UCSD in 1996. She received a M.A. in Japanese from the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures at University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has taught extensive levels of the Japanese language ranging from first year to graduate school. Her previous teaching experiences include the Department of Engineering at UW-Madison, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Michigan State University, and the Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies (currently Global Policies and Strategies) at UCSD. She is passionate about teaching the Japanese language and culture, and does so in hopes of helping students enrich their future lives and careers. She enjoys the outdoors, such as hiking and camping in national parks, as well as watching gymnastics and figure skating.

  • Kayoko Ross

    Kayoko Ross

    Language Faculty, Japanese Language
    Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) 3045
    kfross@ucsd.edu

    Fall 2018 Office Hours:
    Tuesdays and Thursdays: 3:30 - 4:30

     

    Kayoko Fujita Ross holds a B.A. in English and American Literature from Tsuda College, Tokyo Japan and a M.A. in Japanese from University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Before joining the Japanese Studies program at UC San Diego, she taught extensive levels of Japanese (1st year to graduate) at various institutions, including University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and Portland State University. Her research interest is in Japanese sociolinguistics. She is passionate about teaching Japanese language and cultures, enjoys interacting with students and helping them to grow. Aside from teaching, she spends her free time with her family and two cats, reading books, gardening and hiking.

  • Kyoko Chen Sato

    Kyoko Chen Sato

    Language Faculty, Japanese Language
    Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) 3053
    k1sato@ucsd.edu

    Fall 2018 Office Hours:
    Tuesdays: 3:30-4:00, Wednesdays: 10:30-11:30, Thursdays: 5:00-5:30

     

    Kyoko Chen Sato joined the Japanese Studies Program in 2004.  She received a M.A. in Linguistics from the University of Washington, and a Ph.D. in Japanese Language and Pedagogy from the University of Oregon.  Before joining the Japanese Studies Program at UC San Diego, she taught Japanese at the University of Washington, the University of Oregon, and International Christian University. Besides teaching, she has participated in creating a textbook series for elementary school children, “Jan-Ken-Pon: Japanese for Kids to Play” at the University of Oregon and participated in AP Japanese syllabus review as a senior reviewer for two years. She enjoys teaching all levels of Japanese language and culture and helping students grow academically and personally. She loves taiko (Japanese drum) performances and is a big fan of Asayake Taiko at UCSD.

  • Junko Tokuda Simpson

    Junko Tokuda Simpson

    Language Faculty, Japanese Language
    Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) 3029
    jtsimpson@ucsd.edu

    Fall 2018 Office Hours:
    Tuesdays: 3:30-5:00, Thursdays: 12:30-1:00, and by appointment

     

    Junko Tokuda Simpson joined UC San Diego in 2015 as a lecturer of Japanese. Through her career, she has taught all the levels of Japanese language courses for elementary, intermediate, advanced, and heritage learners. She holds a doctoral degree in Instruction and Curriculum Leadership, and her research interests are pedagogy, educational technology and material development. She has been developing video materials to convert traditional classes to flipped classrooms for the first-year courses at UCSD. She is one of the authors of the online textbook “Monty’s Bridge to Tomorrow.” She truly enjoys interacting with her students to be a part of their academic and personal development. In her free time, she enjoys traveling to new places. 

  • Izumi Takeda

    Izumi Takeda

    Language Faculty, Japanese Language
    Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) 3016
    itakeda@ucsd.edu

    Fall 2018 Office Hours:
    Tuesdays and Thursdays: 10:00-10:30 and 2:40-3:10

     

    Izumi Takeda holds a M.A. in Japanese Language Teaching Practice from Akita International University, Japan. She has been teaching the "first year Japanese" and "Japanese for Professional Purposes." Before joining the Japanese Studies program at UC San Diego, she taught beginning level to advanced level at several universities in Japan. She had also taught the annual Intensive Summer Japanese course for the JET program in Akita prefecture for six years. Aside from teaching she has been high involved with Teachers of Japanese in Southern California (TJSC) and has served as Chief Editor, Vice President, Co-President and adviser. In addition, she has organized various community service projects every year to help promote diversity and to contribute to the Japanese community in San Diego. She hopes that students can gain useful knowledge and communication skills from Japanese class and apply them to their future work/life.

  • Yuko Tipton

    Yuko Tipton

    Language Faculty, Japanese Language
    Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) 3024
    ytipton@ucsd.edu

    Fall 2018 Office Hours:
    Tuesdays and Thursdays: 9:30-10:10 and by appointment

     

    Yuko Tipton holds a B.A. in Spanish from Sophia University in Tokyo and a M.A. in Teaching of Japanese from San Francisco State University. Before joining the Japanese Studies program at UC San Diego, she taught both Japanese and Spanish at various levels across California. She loves to see students grow both academically and personally through their learning of Japanese. In her spare time, she enjoys yoga, walking, and traveling.

  • Minori Inada

    Minori Inada

    Language Faculty, Japanese Language
    Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) 3045
    miinada@ucsd.edu

    Fall 2018 Office Hours:
    Tuesdays and Thursdays: 11:10-12:10

     

    Minori Inada has earned a B.A. in Japanese Studies, specializing in Second Language Acquisition, from Nanzan University in Japan, and earned her M.A. in Japanese Linguistics and Pedagogy from University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has been teaching Japanese at UW-Madison since 2010 and later at University of Minnesota, before joining UCSD in 2016. Minori is interested in modern teaching and learning approaches, including content-based language learning and integrated performance assessments, and she has been speaking at conferences about these topics for the past few years. Minori is passionate about language and culture learning, engaging and interactive teaching styles, and her greatest joy is to be part of her students’ learning journey.

     

  • Rie Maruyama

    Rie Maruyama

    Language Faculty, Japanese Language
    Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) 3024
    rimaruyama@ucsd.edu

    Fall 2018 Office Hours:
    Tuesdays and Thursdays: 12:00-1:00

     

    Rie Maruyama received her Ph.D. in Japanese Linguistics from the University of Arizona. Her main areas of research interests are second language acquisition in study abroad contexts and Conversation Analysis. Before joining the Japanese Studies Program at UCSD in 2017, she taught at the University of Kansas, University of Arizona, Summer Courses in Japanese at the International Christian University in Tokyo, and the Middlebury Japanese School. She loves to learn about the students' motivations for learning Japanese and help them get closer to their goals and dreams. In her spare time, she enjoys going on a hike, playing ultimate frisbee, and cooking. 

  • Naoki Iwamoto

    Naoki Iwamoto

    Language Faculty, Japanese Language
    Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) 3029
    niwamoto@ucsd.edu

    Fall 2018 Office Hours:
    Tuesdays & Thursdays: 2:10-3:10, and by appointment

     

    Naoki Iwamoto holds a Master’s degree in Japanese Language Education from J.F. Oberlin University in Tokyo, Japan. She has an especially strong interest in the motivational factors that promote the long-term learning of Japanese language learners. Before joining the Japanese Studies Program at UC San Diego, she taught in Thailand, Tennessee, New York, and Texas. She enjoys teaching and interacting with her students, and loves to learn something new from them every day. She is a big fan of nature and loves hiking, surfing, and traveling.

  • Sachiko Kamioka

    Sachiko Kamioka

    Language Faculty, Japanese Language
    Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) 3024
    skamioka@ucsd.edu

    Fall 2018 Office Hours:
    Wednesdays: 9:40-11:00 and by appointment

     

    Sachiko Kamioka joined the Japanese Studies Program in 2017. She also teaches at the School of Global Policy and Strategy. She holds an M.A. in Japanese Pedagogy from the University of Oregon and has taught Japanese for nearly ten years. Between 1998 and 2010, She worked for the Center for Applied Second Language Studies (CASLS) at the University of Oregon, one of the fifteen Language Resource Centers funded by the U.S. Department of Education including three years as an assistant director. At CASLS, she has lead numerous grant projects in assessment and curriculum development. Here at UCSD, she enjoys being in a classroom and helping each student to discover the joy of learning a new language and culture.