Lock Haven University Provost Dr. Donna Wilson is pleased to announce the hiring of Dr. Kyoko Amano as the new Dean of the College Liberal Arts and Education. “We are pleased to bring Dr. Amano to Lock Haven University. She brings a distinguished record as a scholar and teacher in her field, experience in preparing future teachers, and expertise in peace studies that will enhance both the University and the community,” said Dr. Wilson.
Born in Tokyo, Japan, Kyoko Amano earned a Ph. D. in English from the State University of New York at Binghamton, an M.A. in English from Indiana State University, an M. A. and B.A. in English from Aoyama Gakuin University, Tokyo. Since 2003, Kyoko has been a member of the English Department at the University of Indianapolis. She has taught a range of courses in English, including Freshman Composition, First Year Seminar, American Literature II, Multicultural American Literature, Postcolonial Literature, and Women Writers, and graduate seminars in Literature of the Gilded Age. She served as the Associate Director of the Honors College (2009-2011) and the Interim Director of the Honors College (spring 2012). Since 2013, she has been the Chair of the English Department. She was the recipient of the Faculty Achievement Award in 2012 and was awarded the rank of full professor in 2014. She is also active in the National Collegiate Honors Council and serves as the Secretary of the Board of Directors.
She brings to the role a record of success in instituting academic programs and academic leadership experience in undergraduate and graduate curricula, research, scholarship and creative activity. Dr. Amano is passionate about peace studies. She has been awarded three grants totaling approximately $100,000 from the Japan Foundation for her Hiroshima Nagasaki Peace Study course. Her students visited Kyoto, Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and Osaka during their 13-day trip and had opportunities to meet A-bomb survivors in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the United Nations Institute of Training and Research (UNITAR) officers in Hiroshima, and interact with local college students in Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and Kyoto. Her book on Hiroshima, Nagasaki and Atomic Bomb Literature in the U.S. will be published by Kawade Shobo Shinsa in July 2017.
She participated in two National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institutes (2004 and 2013). She published in broad areas, ranging from articles on Honors education, literary criticism on Horatio Alger, Jr., Robert Frost and Margaret Atwood, to a creative non-fiction piece.
Dr. Amano will begin her role as Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Education upon the retirement of current Dean, Dr. Susan Rimby, at the conclusion of the spring 2017 semester. “I am excited to join the Lock Haven University family whose faculty members are committed to international education and global engagement. I look forward to working with faculty and other constituents to promote LHU students’ participation in artistic and cultural production within the university as well as in the surrounding counties,” said Dr. Amano.
Lock Haven University is a member of Pennsylvania’s State System, the largest provider of higher education in the Commonwealth. Its 14 universities offer more than 2,300 degree and certificate programs in more than 530 academic areas of study. Nearly 520,000 system alumni live and work in Pennsylvania.
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