Category Archives: Academic

FSA #7 (SU)

On August 8, after a classroom session in the morning, we headed to Shiga University. The class meeting was about dating in different cultures, the topic of group discussion between MSU and Shiga students. The discussion at Shiga University went … Continue reading

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FSA #6 at KNDU

The entire day was dedicated to a joint activity with students from Kyoto Notre Dame University. MSU students got there after a 90-min trip. They did well, though. Many gave up their seats to elderly passengers, too. Once we got … Continue reading

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FSA #5

Aug 5 began with a trip to Hikone Castle. It was one of the few original castles that exist to this day in Japan. There were a lot of architectural and constructional uniqueness that seemed to interest the students. It … Continue reading

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FSA #4

The first full day in Hikone went well. We started the day by moving from the hotel to the JCMU (Japan Center for Michigan Universities). After a brief orientation, we checked out our bikes and had a chance to explore … Continue reading

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FSA #3 (In Japan)

We made it to Japan! Day 4 of the orientation was just traveling. I met my students and other faculty and staff at the airport in Detroit. The flight to Japan was quite smooth. Nothing eventful. We were all tired … Continue reading

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FSA #2

Days 2 and 3 of the FSA orientation went well. Students are getting to know each other more and more and there is a nice sense of cohesion. Students had some classroom time that included a few guest lectures. My … Continue reading

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FSA Orientation 1

The Freshman Seminar Abroad to Japan has started a few days ago. Today is Day 3 of the orientation. Things are going well. The program has 16 students divided into two tracks. One track is led by a professor from … Continue reading

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Death of a student

Recently, the University’s administration office notified me that one of my students had passed away. This student was enrolled in one of my online classes. For the rest of this entry, I will use the male pronoun “he” to refer … Continue reading

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Thinking more on teaching

I thought a bit more about teaching and researching. I came to the conclusion that people that are really good at researching in their field actually do enjoy teaching. And oftentimes they are good at teaching. So I guess my … Continue reading

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Teaching load

The more successful you are as a researcher, the less of a teaching load you get. I have seen this premise take place so many times and I understand why it is the case at tier-one research institutions (R1) including … Continue reading

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