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Administration & Faculty



Academic and administrative responsibility for Temple University, Japan Campus rests with the dean of TUJ, senior administration and an advisory board made up of Japanese and non-Japanese government, business and education leaders. The TUJ administration coordinates closely with the Education Abroad office at Temple University Main Campus, and is under the authority of academic administration including the provost and the president of Temple University. Listed below are administration and staff that work closely with study abroad at TUJ.

Dr. Bruce Stronach, Dean of TUJ, has a long career in Japanese and U.S. higher education, where he has held both faculty and administrative positions. Prior to being named dean of TUJ, Dr. Stronach was president of Yokohama City University in Japan. He is a respected authority on Japanese popular culture and politics, and author of several books including Beyond the Rising Sun: Nationalism in Contemporary Japan. Dr. Stronach earned two master's degrees and a doctorate in international relations through graduate studies at both The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University and Harvard University.

Dr. Brian Swanland, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, came to TUJ in February, 2012 after retiring from the Air Force Reserve as a Lieutenant Colonel. Prior to his recall to active duty, Dr. Swanland served as the Director of the Japan Center for Michigan Universities in Shiga Prefecture and later a Senior Lecturer and Program Manager at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. He received his PhD in Geography from the University of Texas at Austin, a Master’s Degree in Political Science from Northern Arizona University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Asian Studies at the University of Arizona.

Chie Kato | Associate Dean, Enrollment Management
After graduating from the University of the Sacred Heart in 1987, Chie Kato joined an affiliate of DNP (Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd) where she was responsible for opening franchised classrooms teaching English to children. She left the position in 1991 to study in the U.S. and came back in 1993 after finishing a Master’s program in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) at St. Michael’s College, Vermont. Using her knowledge of TESL, she joined the Society for Testing English Proficiency Inc. (known as Eiken) and developed a junior version of the English test (Jido Eiken) that is now annually given to about 100,000 children throughout Japan.

In 1997 she joined Temple University, Japan Campus (TUJ), and from 1999 was responsible for the university’s marketing and communications as Director of Public Relations. From 2003, Chie led the effort to remove discriminatory treatment toward “Foreign University - Branch Campuses” and conducted negotiations with the Japanese government as Manager of External Relations. This led to TUJ being formally designated a “Foreign University, Japan Campus” in February 2005 by the Japanese Ministry of Education, solving many long-standing issues. She was also responsible for alumni relations, fundraising, and community relations.

In 2008 Chie assumed the position of Associate Dean for Enrollment Management. Her responsibilities currently include overseeing undergraduate admissions and counseling, student services, career development, the counseling office, marketing & communications, as well as non-degree programs, such as Academic English Program and Continuing Education.

Office of Student Services (OSS)
Nicole Despres | Manager and Homestay Coordinator

Paul Gaspari | Student Services Coordinator
Arisa Iijima | Visa Coordinator
Nahomi Miura | Activities Coordinator
Keiko Suzuki | Financial Aid Coordinator

Dorm Managers

Hiroaki Kudo | Hiyoshi Dorm

Andrea Johnson | Kitazono Dorm


Study Abroad Advisor
Dr. Kyle Cleveland | Professor of Sociology

Career Services and Internships
Kentaro Sawa | Manager
Erica Adams | Career Advisor

Danielle Vokal | Career Advisor

Academic Advising Center
Norihisa Shimada | Director


TUJ Faculty


TUJ provides access to approximately 180 full-time and adjunct faculty throughout the year. The faculty includes full-time professors based in Japan, part-time faculty who are practicing professionals in specialized fields, as well as Main Campus faculty on temporary assignment.

For a full list of faculty at Temple Japan, visit TUJ's faculty page.