Fumie Kato

Fumie Kato

Professor Emeritus of Japanese

Fumie Kato is a Professor Emeritus of Japanese in the 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

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