What's New 日下・フォッシーン国際交換教授プログラムが実施されました




Since 1994, Mukogawa Women’s University and Eastern Washington University have exchanged professors for 10 days of teaching and research collaboration. Unfortunately, since 2020, the exchange was postponed due to COVID-19. With eager anticipation, the program was restarted in 2023, with Kevin Bartlett representing Mukogawa and visiting Eastern Washington University (EWU) from May 7th to May 16th to teach classes, conduct research and foster international ties.

The Fosseen-Kusaka Distinguished Professorship Exchange was created by Chancellor Akira Kusaka of Mukogawa Women’s University (MWU), and Neal and Helen Fosseen, the former mayor and first lady of Spokane, Washington. The program highlights the priorities of MWU and EWU on fostering international exchange, collaborating teaching and research, and strengthening cultural ties. During the annual exchange, the chosen professors offer lectures or performances on campus and in the surrounding community in order to expand the influence of the exchange program.

During his time at Eastern Washington University, Dr. Bartlett conducted classes on Japanese Language, Society and Culture to Japanese and Humanities majors, gave talks on Applied Linguistics, Bilingualism, and Teaching approaches to prospective Junior High School and Senior High School language teachers, conducted classes on global issues for Eastern Washington University and Asia University students who were on exchange at EWU, and presented his research on Translanguaging and critical thinking to faculty and stakeholders in the Department of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, the Department of English and Philosophy, and the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures.

When asked about his experiences on the Fosseen-Kusaka program, Dr. Bartlett said that “This program has been a valuable experience and I have met some really amazing people at Eastern Washington University. The classes, research discussions and kindness of all staff and students at EWU will be something I cherish forever. I hope to take these experiences back with me to Japan to incorporate in my classes and research. The program allowed me to grow as both a teacher and a researcher and to experience how classes are conducted at Universities in America. I hope to come back again in the future and also look forward to welcoming EWU staff and students to MWU in the future.”