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Ginger Marcus

Patricia Wetzel, Professor of Japanese and Director of the Institute for Asian Studies at Portland State University, received her Ph.D. in Japanese linguistics from Cornell University. Professor Wetzel directs the Japanese language program at PSU, recognized nationally for its excellence; she teaches courses in Japanese language, linguistics and pedagogy. Her longstanding focus has been keigo, or “polite language,” which she sees as a microcosm of Japanese society. She has been awarded a Fulbright grant to conduct research in Japan in 2006.

She has been the Coordinator of the University of Michigan’s Summer Language Institute in Chinese and Japanese and the Co-Director of Language: Japan, an intensive summer program in Gifu Prefecture.

Since 1994 she has been involved in training future teachers of Japanese in the SPEAC Program at The Ohio State University, in Exchange: Japan’s Teacher Training Institute at Bryn Mawr College, and in the Alliance for Language Learning and Educational Exchange (ALLEX). In 2010, she was appointed Academic Director of the ALLEX Chinese and Japanese Teacher Training Institute. She is the Chair of the Governing Board of the Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies and has been an elected member of the Executive Board of the Association of Teachers of Japanese.

She currently chairs the committee that develops the SAT II Subject Test in Japanese for the Educational Testing Service (ETS) and The College Board. At Washington University, she has served as the President of the Association of Women Faculty, chaired the Non-Tenure-Track Faculty Committee, and has been the Japan Study Abroad Faculty Liaison and Advisor for the Department. In addition, she began the university’s Foreign Language Learning Colloquium Series, served as its chair for two years, and also chaired the Twelfth Annual Conference of the Central Association of Teachers of Japanese.

Her publications include commentary and literary translations of Japanese as well as reviews of pedagogical materials.