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Chisato Nonaka Last modified date:2023.11.22

Associate Professor / The International Student Center

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Academic Degree
Country of degree conferring institution (Overseas)
Yes Bachelor Master Doctor
Field of Specialization
ORCID(Open Researcher and Contributor ID)
Total Priod of education and research career in the foreign country
Outline Activities
I work as a faculty coordinator for the JTW (Japan in Today's World) program in the International Student Center, Kyushu University. I received my Ph.D. in Education from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa in 2017. Some of my recent publications can be found in edited books (Gomes & Chang, 2021; Phan & Doan, 2020) and academic journals (Research in Comparative and International Education, 2020; JALT, 2019) as well as my own book entitled: Transcending Self and Other Through Akogare [Desire]: The English Language and the Internationalization of Higher Education in Japan, published in 2018. I've also served as an invited referee for Current Issues in Language Planning, Nations and Nationalism, Asian Studies Review, etc. My research interests include issues of linguistic, racial, ethnic, national, class, and gender-related identities, particularly in transnational education contexts.
Research Interests
  • Projecting self and other through akogare [desire] among Japanese university students: The English language and the internationalization of higher education in a changing Japan
    keyword : English, akogare, desire, identity, internationalization [kokusaika], Japan, higher education, TESOL
Academic Activities
1. Chisato Nonaka, Who is EMI for?: From Vietnam, thinking about a clash of realities behind the policy, practice, and pedagogy in Japan. In Phan, Le Ha & Doan, Ba Ngoc (Eds). Higher education in market-oriented socialist Vietnam: 'New' players, 'new' discourses, 'new' practices., Palgrave Macmillan U.S., 2020.09, [URL].
2. Chisato Nonaka, Transcending self and other through akogare [desire]: The English language and the internationalization of higher education in Japan., Multilingual Matters, 2018.09, [URL].
1. Chisato Nonaka, Transnational identity: The struggles of being and becoming a Japanese female professor in a neo-kokusaika phase of Japan, Research in Comparative and International Education, 2020.09, [URL].
2. Chisato Nonaka, Projecting self and other through akogare [desire] among Japanese university students: The English
language and the internationalization of higher education in a changing Japan, ProQuest, 2017.05, [URL].
1. Chisato Nonaka, Exploring the social and emotional journey of international students on virtual exchanges: Pedagogical implications for educators in the era of global pandemic, JUSTEC, 2022.09.
2. Chisato Nonaka, Challenging the current discourse of internationalization: A critical perspective, QS APPLE 2018, 2018.11.
3. Chisato Nonaka, Aaron J. Levine, Charlotte Frambaugh-Kritzer, Brook Chapman de Sousa, Nezia Azmi, Adam Tanare, and Ku‘ulei Serna, Guided Disruption and Culturally Responsive Practice Through International Exchange, JUSTEC 2018, 2018.09.
4. Chisato Nonaka, Englishization of higher education and its implications for pre-service teachers in Japan, JUSTEC 2017, 2017.09.
Membership in Academic Society
  • Human Rights Research Institute, Fukuoka
  • SIETAR Japan
  • The Japan Association for Language Teaching (JALT)
  • American Educational Research Association
  • First Runner Up of the Kyushu University Young Female Researcher and Graduate Student Awards, 2021

    Project title: Critical and empirical analysis of the realities and challenges of post-internationalization in higher education and facilitating co-learning opportunities between Japanese and international students through dynamic action research
Educational Activities
As liberal arts courses, I teach "Self & Identity in Contemporary Japan," "Education in Japanese Society," "Gender and Sexuality in Today's Japan," and "International and Multicultural Education in Japan." Although these courses are designed for English-speaking students, I encourage Japanese-speaking students to register for or audit these courses, in hopes that students of diverse backgrounds share a sense of community and learn from one another. I also plan and conduct international exchange events, offer study abroad/international learning consultations, and orientations for students who serve as tutors/supporters for international students on campus. Given the ongoing global challenges, I've been engaging and collaborating with the wider education community to stay updated on the best practices for online teaching and learning.
Other Educational Activities
  • 2020.10, Sponsored Professor Mako Nakamura (Faculty of Agriculture) during SENTAN-Q training.
Professional and Outreach Activities
I've been collaborating with several TOKYO COLLEGE (of the University of Tokyo) researchers for interdisciplinary research under the theme of "Dialogue and Division.".