Professor Chihiro Thomson is Professor of Japanese studies in the School of Humanities and Languages in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. Prof. Thomson teaches large enrolment (200 to 500 students) introductory Japanese language courses and the Japanese Capstone course in which students majoring in Japanese studies conduct their final research projects. She also supervises postgraduate students in the field of language education.
Prof. Thomson is one of the inaugural UNSW Scientia Education Fellows. She has received a number of awards including two UNSW Vice Chancellor's Awards for Teaching Excellence, one for her undergraduate teaching which operates in the Japanese language program designed as a networked Communities of Practice (2013), and the other for her postgraduate supervision which not only achieves successful degree completions but also improves quality of life of her postgraduate students (2017) (Lecture on this available on video here, a Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning from the Office of Learning and Teaching of the Australian Federal Government (2012), and a Japanese Foreign Minister’s Commendation for contribution to Japanese language education in Australia (2016).
Her research interests range from foreign language Communities of Practice, and Cross-Boundary learning, to Japanese as a heritage language speakers in Australia. More details can be found here.
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Learning and Teaching
- student learning
- learning and teaching curriculum design
- assessment and feedback
- general teaching methods
Learning and Teaching Awards, Grants and Promotions
- development of an application for a faculty learning and teaching award
- development of an application for a faculty learning and teaching grant
- development of an application for a UNSW Award for Teaching
- development of an application for a UNSW promotion
- feedback on a journal article
- feedback on a conference paper
- reviewing a journal article
- how to decide on career priorities
- supporting critical reflection through listening and asking questions
- identifying leadership opportunities in learning and teaching
- research and social engagement
Conditions for mentoring facilitation
- one-on-one mentoring
- 1-2 mentees at any stage
Academic level of potential mentees
- Any level
Willing to mentor within my discipline and/or across disciplines.