Teaching and research are closely related in my thinking. Teaching informs research and research informs teaching. The classroom offers a powerful framework in which to think about ideas that shape how one approaches research and the questions one chooses to ask. I am fortunate to have had some outstanding students over the years and have learned a great deal from those students.
My primary gig is as a professor in the Department of Religious Studies and the Program in Human Dimensions of Organizations at the University of Texas at Austin. I am also a visiting professor in the Center for International Education at Waseda University. The picture to the left is from the Waseda summer international program, in which I have been fortunate to teach since its inception in 2014.
Most of my teaching revolves around the study of Japan. I teach courses in Religion and Family in Japan, Tourism in Japan, Japanese Concepts of Self and Identity, in addition to a general introduction to Japanese society. I also teach courses in general qualitative and ethnographic research methods at both undergraduate and graduate levels.
I have long been interested in online approaches to teaching and led creation of the course LA101 at the University of Texas, which is designed to help incoming students adjust to life at the university. More recently, I created the Multidisciplinary Methods for Exploring Organizations site, that is part of the Human Dimensions of Organizations program at UT and which I use for my courses on research methods. And as we have moved to all online teaching during the pandemic, I have been creating new tools to help with teaching in an online environment, including a sit with several webquests to assist with teaching in research methods and also culture and ethics.