Mat Ryohei Matsuda
Associate Professor of Asian Studies (Japanese Studies)
Years at Knox: 1999 to present
Ph.D., Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, 2000, Indiana University.
M.Ed., Educational Foundations, 1993, University of Hawaii at Manoa.
M.A., Asian Theatre, 1982, University of Hawaii at Manoa.
B.Ed., 1978, Tokyo University of Education.
Japanese language and culture. Comparative and international education.
Selected Professional Accomplishments
Philip Green Wright-Lombard College Prize for Distinguished Teaching, 2002.
ITOH Scholarship Foundation Grant for Japanese Studies, 1999-2000.
"Countering Hegemony through Educational Assistance: The Role of U.S. Faculty." Rethinking Hegemony, Edited by Thomas Clayton. James Nicholas Publishers, 2006.
"Adult Education in the Twenty-First Century: The Evolving Discourse." World Trends and Issues in Adult Education, 1988.
"Master Teachers and the Development of World-Class Talent in Different Domains: A Comparative Study." (with R. Arnove) Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, 2009.
"Challenges and Hopes: Japanese Language Programs at Small Colleges." Annual ACTFL Convention, 2008.
"Japanese Living Treasures in the Arts: A Comparative Study." (with R. Arnove) Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, 2008.
"Educational Assistance and Endogenous Development in Africa: Internationalization of a Midwestern Land-Grant University's School of Agriculture." Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, 1999.
"Kosoku: School Rules and Regulations in Japan." Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, 1999.
Campus & Community Involvement
Actor, musician, and coordinator, The Road to Tokyo!, English Kabuki productions.
Panelist, "U.S.-Japan Exchange: Issues and Opportunities" at NAFSA.
Assistant Management Director, international conference, "Food Security and Governance in Africa, "Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research.
Member, Comparative and International Education Society, International Society for Systems Science.
What Students Say
"Professor Matsuda can be pretty demanding. He'll push you to your limits and try to get you out of your comfort zone, but only because he senses that you can handle it. That might mean taking away your notes for a speech at the last minute, or pushing you to spend a full year in Japan instead of just a semester. But it's always for your benefit. I wouldn't have come as far as I have with Japanese, personally and professionally, without that."
-Rob Tunstall, Music and Japanese Studies Independent Major