Dr. Kimi Kondo-Brown

University of Hawai`i at Mānoa



Graduate Faculty in Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures (Japanese BA, East Asian Languages & Literatures MA, PhD programs)   

Cooperating Graduate Faculty in Department of Second Language Studies (PhD in Second Language Studies)  


Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

College of Arts, Languages & Letters


Curriculum vitae

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As a key member of the executive and management team of the College Dean, I have provided leadership and support for academic affairs. My administrative work as Associate Dean has involved extensive collaboration with the Dean, the Associate Dean for Administration, as well as the Chief Financial Officer and considerable contact with campus executives, program/administrative officers, department chairs, and center directors among others.


publications &  research

I specialize in second/Japanese and heritage language education and assessment. I have published a number of books, edited volumes, and book chapters in these areas in English and Japanese, which are widely read in the national and international scholarly circles. I have also published numerous research articles in refereed applied linguistics and educational journals such as The Modern Language Journal, Language Learning, Language Testing, Linguistics & Education, Foreign Language Annals, The Canadian Modern Language Review, and so forth. My personal narrative – Ohana - was published by an established trade publisher in Japan.

I was 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). I also directed the 2012 NFLRC (National Foreign Language Resource Center) Summer Institute [participant evaluation] and have served on the Advisory Board for the AELRC (Assessment and Evaluation Language Resource Center), a federally-funded NRC at Georgetown University.






Since 1988, I have taught a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate courses at UHM. My graduate courses include pedagogy, research methods, teaching methods/training, and graduate seminars. I am a recipient of the College of LLL Instructor Award for Innovative Teaching (2000).  I have also advised numerous graduate students: I have chaired or served on over 50 dissertation/thesis committees at UHM and elsewhere.  I was a summer visiting faculty member at Temple University Japan during 2002-2007.


presentations I

I have delivered numerous invited refereed presentations, including plenary talks, at local, national, and international conference conferences. I have also delivered a number of invited talks and workshops. Sample presentations (sample 1 [English: Heritage language education], sample 2 [Japanese: Speaking test development]).


Personal |

I was born and grew up in Tokushima, Japan, where my mother lives. The area is best known for the annual Awa dance festival that Tokushima folks have enjoyed for centuries. I landed on the beautiful islands of Hawai`i in 1988. I love Hawai`i and this is definitely my home! I feel excitement and appreciation to be part of this rich linguistic and cultural diversity of the community.