Tatsuya Fukushima (B.A., Kanto Gakuin University, 1988; Ph.D., Oklahoma State University, 2000), joined the University of Arkansas in 2000 and is currently Associate Professor of Japanese & Linguistics as well as Coordinator of the Japanese Program. His specializations include critical discourse analysis and technology-based language instruction.
Dr. Fukushima’s article "Japanese continuative conjunction ga as a semantic boundary marker" (published in Language & Communication) was listed by ScienceDirect as one of the Top 25 most frequently downloaded articles in January-March 2005.
In 2005, Dr. Fukushima became the first Asian faculty member to receive the Fulbright College Master Teacher Award. After opening a Minor program in Japanese with Business Orientation, Dr. Fukushima played a central role in designating the University of Arkansas as an official U.S. institution to take the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT; the only international certification examination authorized by the Japanese government). In 2013, Dr. Fukushima received a Consul-General’s Commendation from the Japanese government for his contribution to promoting Japanese language education in the United States. Most recently, Dr. Fukushima has been offering Online Elementary Japanese courses since Fall Semester 2017.