Have you ever had to teach EMI classes? What was your first experience like?
Nick Kasparek teaches at Eikei University of Hiroshima with co-presenters Nozomi Mizushima, Masaki Sagehashi, and Yoko Taguchi. He is studying for a Ph.D. in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at Texas Tech University; has interests in curriculum theory, English for liberal arts, teacher collaboration, and transdisciplinary boundary-spanning; and serves as the editor of Explorations in Teacher Development.
Nozomi Mizushima teaches introductory science and technology ethics, history of science, and Japanese academic writing at Eikei University. Her research focuses on the scientific activities conducted by citizens, using feminist theories on science, technology, and society (STS). Currently, she is investigating the relationship between gender and hand-made mask production during the COVID-19 pandemic, and citizen radiation measurements after the Fukushima disaster. She is participating in this EMI project motivated by an urgent practical interest in how she, as a liberal arts faculty member, can improve the teaching of EMI subjects.
Masaki Sagehashi teaches introductory environmental studies, urban environment, and environmental engineering at Eikei University of Hiroshima. He specializes in environmental and chemical engineering and now works especially on water environments. As more active information exchange in various environmental sectors is essential to solving current global environmental problems, he is also interested in the English-mediated-instruction to build international collaboration networks to support such activities.
Yoko Taguchi teaches cultural anthropology and fieldwork studies at Eikei University. Her theoretical interests include personhood, morality, and hierarchy. Her current project focuses on care-domestic work and household relations in India. Using ethnographic methods, she is investigating how different moral imaginaries of work and relations interact and create new expectations, practices, and relations. She is also interested in how English-mediated-instruction creates new forms and imaginaries of education, relations, and personhood in Japanese universities.