Dr. Kimi Kondo-Brown



Associate Dean

University of Hawai`i at Mānoa

College of Languages, Linguistics, and Literature



Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures

Japanese Language & Linguistics BA, MA, PhD programs

Curriculum vitae

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Since 1988, I have taught a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate courses at UH- Mānoa. My graduate courses include pedagogy, research methods, teaching methods/training, and graduate seminars. I have also advised numerous graduate students: I have served on over 50 dissertation/thesis committees at UHM and elsewhere.  I was summer visiting faculty at Temple University Japan during 2002-2007.


I specialize in Japanese pedagogy, assessment/evaluation, and heritage language education. I have published books, edited volumes, and numerous refereed journal articles and book chapters in these areas, which are widely read in the national and international scholarly circles.

books &

Edited volumes

My recent book and collections

Introduction to assessment for Japanese language teachers (In Japanese) (2012) 

New perspectives on Japanese language learning, linguistics, and culture (2013) 

Practical assessment tools for college Japanese (2013) [Free NFLRC e-book]


I have delivered numerous invited or refereed presentations, including plenary talks, at local, national, and international conference conferences. I have also delivered a number of invited talks and workshops at various places in North America and Asia. Sample presentation slides: The development of Japanese oral tests (in Japanese, 2014); Evaluation capacity building in college language programs (in English, October, 2014); Teaching heritage language students (in English, 2009)

funded research

I have been the principal investigator of the two federally-funded NRCEA (National Resource Center East Asia) projects: heritage language project (2002-2006) and Japanese testing/assessment project (2006-2011).


Since 2008, I have been serving as Associate Dean of the College of Languages, Linguistics, and Literature monitoring academic and personnel matters.  I am committed to transforming our campus into a more vivacious and connected place for higher education and contributing to our tradition of outstanding Asia-Pacific scholarship.


I was born and grew up in Tokushima, Japan and landed on the beautiful islands of Hawai`i in 1988. I treasure the rich linguistic and cultural diversity of the community and its aloha spirit.  I live in Kaneohe, Hawai`i with my husband, JD Brown.