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Symposium on Support for Researchers Publishing in English: From the Perspective of Institutional Administration

The purpose of this symposium is to bring together people engaged in supporting researchers writing in English at universities and institutions in Japan for exchange of information and opinions about good practices and confronting challenges.  The symposium is organized not from the perspective of instructional experts in academic writing but from that of administrators of the services for researchers.  Thus, rather than focusing on enhancing individual skills in academic writing in English, the symposium will provide the participants with an opportunity to share with each other their assessment and analysis of the effectiveness, potential, and institutional initiatives related to this important topic.

Date and Venue

Date: Saturday, November 18, 2017
Venue: Library Hall, Higashi-Hiroshima Campus, Hiroshima University

Organizer and Cooperator

Targeted participants

Those who engaged and interested in supporting researchers writing in English at universities and institutions in Japan

Language

Japanese / English (No interpretation)

Program

10:00-10:05    Opening remarks
Prof. Yasutoshi Teramoto
Director, Hiroshima University Writing Center / Professor, Graduate School of Social Sciences, Hiroshima University

10:05-11:05    Keynote speech 1
Prof. Tom Gally
Chairperson & Executive Board Member, Japan Society of English for Research / Director, Center for Global Communication Strategies, The University of Tokyo

Overcoming Individual Challenges and Institutional Barriers to Research Progress in Japan  * Japanese

11:05-12:05    Keynote speech 2
Dr. Carole Sargent
Director, Office of Scholarly Publications, Georgetown University, USA

Operations and Management of the Office of Scholarly Publications at Georgetown University

13:30-14:30    Case reports
Dr. Xin Yao
Specially Appointed Associate Professor, Chief Research Administrator, Office of Management and Planning, Osaka University

How University Research Administrators Can Help Researchers with Scholarly Publication: An Example from Osaka University

Dr. Yuki Takagi
Research Manager at Research Development Section at Hokkaido University

A Pilot Webinar at Hokkaido University  * Japanese

Ms. Flaminia Miyamasu
Associate Professor in English for Medical Purposes (EMP), University of Tsukuba

Setting up and running a publications support center at a Japanese university: experiences from the Medical English Communications Center, University of Tsukuba

Ms. Hiroko Araki
University Research Administrator, Research Planning Office, Hiroshima University

Writing Group: the challenges and opportunities of Hiroshima University’s new initiative  * Japanese

14:40-16:40    Group discussion
 1) Support for arts & humanities and social sciences researchers in their publications in English
 2) Topics raised in the keynote speeches and the case reports

* During group discussion, the entire audience will be divided into 6 groups, each of which will be facilitated by one of the six presenters before the session. In the first half of the session, each group will have a discussion on the particular topic raised by the group’s facilitator during his/her own earlier presentation of the day. In the second half, all the groups will have a discussion on the single topic of international dissemination of research outcomes in humanities and social sciences.
* Taking into account your preferred topics, Hiroshima University Writing Center will decide your groups on a first-come and first-served basis.

16:40-16:45    Closing remarks
Prof. Yohsuke Yamamoto
Executive and Vice President (Research), Hiroshima University

17:00-19:00    Reception at Mermaid Café

Speaker profiles

Keynote speeches

Prof. Tom Gally
Chairperson & Executive Board Member, Japan Society of English for Research / Director, Center for Global Communication Strategies, The University of Tokyo

Born in California in 1957. B.A. in linguistics from University of California, Santa Barbara; M.A.s in linguistics and mathematics from University of Chicago. Moved to Japan in 1983 and worked as freelance translator and lexicographer from 1986 to 2005. Full-time faculty member of University of Tokyo since 2005. Currently professor in Graduate School and College of Arts and Sciences and director of Japan Society of English for Research. Books include “Eigo no Aya” [Figures of English].

Dr. Carole Sargent
Director, Office of Scholarly Publications, Georgetown University, USA

Carole Sargent, PhD, is the founding Director of the Office of Scholarly Publications at Georgetown University. She guides faculty to publish articles in the highest-impact journals in their field, and books at the top university presses such as Cambridge, Yale, Princeton, Harvard, Cornell, Oxford, and more. She also advises global scholars on strategies for publishing in English in the United States, and on efficient methods for writing and publishing during busy teaching semesters. She is a literary historian with a doctorate in eighteenth-century studies from the University of Virginia.

Case reports

Dr. Xin Yao

Specially Appointed Associate Professor, Chief Research Administrator, Office of Management and Planning, Osaka University

Xin received her Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics from Ochanomizu University. Previously, she had been engaging in managing a top level Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) program at Teachers College, Columbia University Japan Campus. Currently she is involved in various initiatives to enhance Osaka University's research capacity, among which is academic writing and grant writing support for researchers.

Dr. Yuki Takagi

Research Manager at Research Development Section at Hokkaido University

Completed the doctoral degree program in Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics at Ohio State University. Ph.D. (Agricultural Economics)
Research Development section is in charge of facilitating the institutional environment to advance research activities. Her main interest is how to effectively restructure the present research support system to embed the new services, which will further intensify institution’s research activities. Specifically, she has engaged in coordinating the academic writing programs, planning and implementing info seminars for international collaborative research grants, supporting compilation of an audit document for contract with a US university.

Ms. Flaminia Miyamasu

Associate Professor in English for Medical Purposes (EMP), University of Tsukuba

Ms. Miyamasu holds an MA in Romance Languages from the University of Georgia, USA. She is a certified Editor in the Life Sciences (ELS). She has worked at Japanese universities as an English lecturer since 1991. She moved to the University of Tsukuba Medical Faculty in 2003, where she currently teaches undergraduate and postgraduate courses in scientific writing, medical terminology, and patient-doctor communication. In 2010, she helped establish the faculty’s Medical English Communications Center (MECC). Her research focus is EMP pedagogy, and she is currently coauthoring a new Japanese-English dictionary, due for publication in 2018.

Ms. Hiroko Araki

University Research Administrator, Research Planning Office, Hiroshima University

Hiroko received an MA in Art History and Theory from the University of Essex, UK. She started working at Hiroshima University in 2006, where she was engaged in research administration for the Center of Excellence program at the Graduate School for International Development and Cooperation. Her work also involved editing in-house journals at the Research Institute for Higher Education. Since 2014, she has been based at the Research Planning Office where she strives to enhance the operation of the Writing Center in order to improve the university’s research environment.

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