Shizuka Tatsuzawa received a Master’s degree in TESOL from New York University. She specialized in teaching Japanese and English as a second language in college. As part of her MA education, she participated in the Summer Institute In Japanese Language Pedagogy (Teaching Japanese as a second language an Academic Level) at Columbia University. She also holds a Master’s degree in American Literature from Showa Women’s University in Tokyo, Japan.
She is the Japanese Language Coordinator, the Academic Advisor for Japanese, and an instructor in the department of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics at the University of Oklahoma. She has taught all levels of Japanese language. She is a certified Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) Tester of Japanese, with Full Levels (Novice-Superior) by ACTFL.
She is a committee member of the MLLL Language Learning Center, the Major/Minor Recruitment, and the East, Southeast Asia and Oceania Study Abroad. She also serves as the adviser to the OU Japanese Club and the Japanese Animation & Manga Society.
-Educators’ Leadership Academy/Outstanding Professors’ Academy, University of Oklahoma
-Good Teaching Award, Office of Senior Vice President and Provost
-John H. and Jane M. Patten Distinguished Teacher Award in the Humanities, College of Arts and Sciences