Curriculum Vitae

Shigeru Osuka

Fahy Hall 211
Asian Studies Program
Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
Seton Hall University
South Orange, New Jersey 07079
Telephone: 973-275-2712
Fax: 973-761-9596


Ed.D., University of Hawai’i at Manoa, (Education), 1996.

M.Ed., University of Hawai’i at Manoa, (Educational Foundations), 1989.

M.A., University of Hawai’i at Manoa (Asian Religions), 1987.

B.A., Taisho University, Tokyo (Major: Religion, Minor: Language Education), 1981.


Professor (2012-Present); Associate Professor (2002-2012); Assistant Professor (1997-2002)
Director of Japanese Program (1997-2018); Director of Asian Studies Program (2010-2016, 2019-Present); Director of Graduate Studies (2004-2006, 2008-2010, 2016-2019); Acting Department Chair (2007-2008)
Asian Studies Program, Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures
Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ 07079.

Visiting Assistant Professor, Foreign Languages Department and Center for East Asian Studies
Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA 98226.

Lecturer, Special Academic Program (Japanese Language), College of Continuing Education and Community Service
University of Hawai’i at Manoa, Honolulu, HI 96822.

Faculty, Foreign Languages Department (Japanese Language and Culture)
(Chairperson of Foreign Languages Department, 1990-1996)
Mid-Pacific Institute, Honolulu, HI 96822

Faculty, Middle School Section (Japanese and Social Studies, Chief of Middle  School, 1989-1992)
The Hawai’i Japanese School (Weekend School/Rainbow Gakuen)  administrated by Consulate General of Japan in Honolulu, Honolulu, HI 96817.


Develpoment Committee Member, SAT II Japanese subject test, Educational Testing Servicrs, NJ.

2014 (Summer & Fall)
Visiting Scholar, Historiographical Institute , University of Tokyo.

Critical Language Scholarship Reader/Examiner in Japanese
American Council/U.S. Department of State, Washington D.C.

AP (Advanced Placement) Question/Content Leader in Japanese
ETS/College Board, Princeton, NJ.

Mid-Atlantic Region Association for Asian Studies (MAR/AAS):
COC Representative to the Association for Asian Studies (AAS) 2009-2012;
Nomination and Election Committee Member/Chair (2008-2010);
President 2006-2007;
Vice President 2005-2006;
35th Annual Meeting Conference Manager 2006;
Advisory Board Member (2004-2005: 2012-2013).

External Reviewer, Journal of Comparative and International Education.

Interviewer, JET (Japan Exchange & Teaching) Program, Consulate General of Japan in New York.

2003 (Summer & Fall)
Visiting Scholar, Department of Indian & Buddhist Studies, University of Tokyo.

Seminar Associate on Modern East Asia: Japan, Columbia University, New York, NY (Spring 2006, Seminar Chair).

Examiner (Japanese), Examiner Responsible Language AI Japanese (2005-2007) International Baccalaureate (IB) Program, Great Britain.

Certificate, Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) Tester (Japanese), American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).

Private School Teacher Certificate (Foreign Language), Department of Education, State of Hawai’i.

Japan National Teaching Certificates (High School Second Class/Middle School First Class: English and Religion), Tokyo Department of Education, Japan.

Recent Publications

  1. Books
    • Japanese for Healthcare Professionals: An Introduction to Medical Japanese. Vermont: Tuttle Publishing, 2011/2017.
    • The Very Mahayana Buddhist Ethics. Tokyo: Chuo University Press, 2005.
    • One Vehicle Thought: Life and Educational Thought of Saichō (767-822). Tokyo: Chuo University Press, 2001.
    • Fiji no Hana: Haiku de Egaita Roma (Translated from English into Japanese, Wisteria Blooms: Vignettes of Rome in Haiku by Frank J. Korn). Tokyo: Chuo University Press, 2000.
  2. Articles
    • “New Approach of Teaching Onomatopoeia in Japanese Language Classroom, Case Study of Introduction to Onomatopoeia Video.” SEATJ 2018 Proceedings. University of South Florida, February 2018. 287-292.
    • “Interaction and Communication Strategies by Relay-Style Writing.”  The 10th International Conference on Practical Linguistics of Japanese Proceedings. NINJAL (National Institute for Japanese Language and Linguistics). Co-written with Kiyoshi Noguchi, Kazuko Tanabe, Shigeru Osuka, and Aya Okada, July 2017. 44-47.
    • “Creative Relay Writing.” The Proceedings of the Twenty-Third Annual Princeton Japanese Pedagogy Forum. Princeton University. Co-written with Kazuko Tanabe, Kiyoshi Noguchi, Shigeru Osuka, and Aya Okada, May 2017. 59-73
    • “Emerging Commonly Spoken Body Language in the Japanese Teaching Materials.” SEATJ 2015 Proceedings. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, September 2015. 60-69.
    • “Overseas Missions and the Future of Tendai-shū.” The Proceedings of the 40th Anniversary of Tendai-shū in the Overseas Mission Symposium, Shiga, Japan, November 2013. 1-12.
    • “Development of Japanese Teaching Materials for Healthcare Professionals.” SEATJ 2012 Proceedings. Clemson University, January 2013. 80-93.
    • “Searching New Curricula for the Professional Purposes: Some Suggestion from the research on Medical Japanese Language Education.” International Conference on Japanese Language Education, Nagoya 2012, Co-written with Naoki Okuda, Ryoko Nagai, and Hiroshi Ishinabe. Nagoya University, August 2012. Vol. 2, 36-37.
    • “Reconsidering Professional Japanese Language Curriculum through a Revisionist View.” The Proceedings of the Fourteenth Annual Conference of the Society for Technical Japanese Education. Hitotsubashi University, March 2012. 19-20.
    • “Study on CBI (Content Based Instruction) and Japanese Teaching Materials: Learning from the Survey of Japanese Language Students’ Preferences on the CBI.” The Proceedings of the Eighteenth Annual Princeton Japanese Pedagogy Forum. Princeton University, June 2011. 14-23.
    • “Revisionist Views on Forming Identity in the Japanese Curriculum: A Comparative Study of Japanese National Textbooks and Language Books Used in the U.S.” Proceedings of the International Conference on Language Education and Formation of Identity. Waseda University, Tokyo, March 2011. 155-160.
    • “Applying Digital Storytelling into the Beginner’s Level Japanese Writing,” SEATJ 2010 Proceedings. Duke University, October 2010. 122-131.
    • “Onomatopoeia Reconsidered: Re-examining Current Japanese Language Education with Technology and 3Cs,” SEATJ 2009 Proceedings. Wake Forest University, May 2009. 93-104.
    • “Japanese Language Education for Understanding Japanese Literature and Culture: Research on Word Comparison Between Japanese Language Textbooks and Kokugo (National Language) Textbooks,” Makino, Seiichi (ed.), The Fifteenth Annual Princeton Japanese Pedagogy Forum Proceedings. Princeton University, June 2008. 108-117.
    • “The Bodhisattva Precepts for a Peaceful Global Community.” Mediators and Mediators: Buddhism and Peacemaking. Chuanju Mun, ed., Honolulu: Blue Pine, 2007. 295-317.
    • “Ninchi Nokagaku yori mita Beikoku deno Nihongo Kyoiku no Kanosei: Gengo to Bunka no Rikai Purosesu kara” (Cognitive Neuroscience Studies Promise Future of Japanese Language Education in the U.S.). The Fourteenth Princeton Japanese Pedagogy Forum Proceedings. Seiichi Makino, ed., Princeton University, August 2007. 131-140.
    • “Cognitive Coaching: The Role of Japanese Teacher in Computer Age.” Journal of CAJLE (Canadian Association for Japanese Language Education). Vol. 4, November 2001. 41-51.
    • “Meta Ninchi ni yoru Nihongo Kyooiku.” (Japanese Language Education through Meta Cognition). The Ninth Princeton Japanese Pedagogy Workshops Proceedings. Princeton University, August 2001. 117-136.
    • “IT Jidai ni okeru Riyoosha Chushin no Daigaku Toshokan o Mezashite: America Kara no Koosatsu.” (Customized University Library Service in Information Technology Age: US Perspective). Library Information Science News (LISN). No. 107, June 2001, Tokyo. Co-written with Arthur W. Häfner and John J. Keating III. 1-7.
    • “Kogunetibu Aprochi ni yoru Nihongo Sakubun Kyooiku: Gakushuu-sha Shien no tame no Kyojyu-hoo,” (Japanese Composition Education through Cognitive Approach: Teaching Method for Supporting Japanese Learners), The Eighth Princeton Japanese Pedagogy Workshops Proceedings. Vol. 8, Princeton University, August, 2000. 142-153.
    • Book Review on The Faces of Buddhism in America, eds. by Charles S. Prebish and Kenneth K. Tanaka. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1998. American Asian Review. Vol. XVII, No. 4, Winter 1999. 149-151.
    • “Tendai Doctrine and Activities in Hawaii,” Unity and Diversity:Hawai’i’s Buddhist Communitiess.Hawaii Association of International Buddhists (HAIB), 1997. 198-212.
  3. Proceedings Editor
    • Graduate Student/School Teacher Symposium on Japanese Studies, Vol. 1-22. The Japanese Program, Seton Hall University, NJ (1997-2019).