Fumie Kato

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Associate Professor of Japanese
COED 451



Spring 2021

Virtual Office Hours

Monday & Wednesday 4:00-5:00pm

Zoom: https://uncc.zoom.us/fkato

Teaching Schedule

Tuesday & Thursday: JAPN 4205 & JAPN 4900 online synchronous

Fumie Kato is a Japanese Associate Professor of Japanese Studies Program in the Department of Languages and Culture Studies. She was named a Bonnie E. Cone Early-Career Professorship for Teaching in 2014. Student motivation, learning strategies and international and global studies are among her teaching and research interests. Kato built and is directing one of the largest undergraduate Japanese programs in North Carolina. She has created a thriving Japanese major from scratch, sent a record numbers of student abroad to Japan, involved her students with the greater Japanese community of Charlotte, secured an unprecedented number of grants for the Japanese program, and published her pedagogical successes in scholarly venues so that other instructors can benefit from her expertise.


  • Ph.D. 2001                    The University of Sydney
  • M.Ed. Honors. 1995    The University of Sydney
  • M.Ed. 1992                   The University of Sydney


  • UNC Charlotte since 2002
  • The University of Melbourne, 1999-2001
  • The University of Sydney, 1989-1997

Specific Research Interests

  • Student motivation
  • Learning strategies
  • Second language acquisition
  • Applied Linguistics

Visit Dr. Kato's website