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A list of faculty at College of Liberal Arts & Social Science

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University of Guam

Professor, Music/Division Chair

Office Location: Dean Circle, House #25
Mailing Address: UOG Station, Mangilao, Guam 96923
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University of Guam

Professor, Sociology 

Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Office Location: HSS Bldg., 3rd Flr., Rm. 318D
Mailing Address: UOG Station, Mangilao, Guam 96923
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About

 

 

Kirk Johnson was raised for most of his childhood in the mountains of Western India where he attended an International Baha’i School with students from over 34 different countries. This experience had a profound and indelible impact on his life, world view and the course of his future career. He returned to the United States for University at the age of 17 and found himself drawn to the social sciences. After earning his Ph.D. from McGill University in Montreal, Canada he moved to the polar opposite side of the world (a tropical island in the Pacific) where he now lives in a little cottage with his beautiful wife Sarah and their son Aidan, a stone’s through from the tranquil blue ocean. And when he is not building tree houses or forts with his son, or tending his garden or bumming on the beach, he works at the University of Guam as a professor of Sociology.
 
He has lived on Guam since 1998 and has served as Director of the Bali Field School for a decade and a half. Traveling to Bali, Indonesia with students and scholars for the past fifteen years has been the most rewarding part of his job, allowing him the opportunity to connect with others in ways that a classroom setting makes difficult. And though this project keeps him up late into the night planning and fundraising throughout the year, he knows that one glimpse of a student standing in the middle of a rice field on their first morning in Bali or watching their spirit transform as they sit on a dirt floor in a remote village and laugh and talk and sing with children and families that seem to live a life so radically different from their own, allowing them to reflect deeply on the social, economic, and geo-political forces that have created such vast differences in wealth in the world today, makes it all worth it. Kirk’s areas of research and academic interest include development and social change, globalization, mass media, culture, religion and education, human ecology and sustainability.
 
Kirk is also very involved in learning about the nature of capacity building and community development among diverse Pacific island communities and his work and service as a Baha’i takes him to communities throughout Micronesia, Melanesia and Polynesia to learn how village communities at the grassroots are endeavoring to empower children and junior youth, are striving to foster the devotional life of their families and communities and how indigenous peoples from varied backgrounds are learning to take charge of their own material and spiritual destinies. To learn more about any of this work and to get involved in these efforts please write to him at kirkjohnson99@gmail.com  

 

EDUCATION

  • BA - Sociology, Fort Hays State University, 1990
  • MA- Sociology, Ohio University, 1992
  • MA - International Development, 1992
  • Ph.D. - Sociology, McGill University, 1998

 

Bali Field School

Click on the links below to find out more about the Bali Field School, an annual course that is held each year over spring break.

 

Student Research and Service

 

Casting Our Net: Rediscovering Community in the 21st Century (Documentary Produced by the 2007 Bali Field School) - 5 Part Series.

This Documentary has been screen at three International Academic Conferences as well as in Bali, Indonesia.

University of Guam

Associate Professor, Japanese

Office Location: HSS Bldg., Rm. 120D
Mailing Address: UOG Station, Mangilao, Guam 96923
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University of Guam

Professor of Japanese           

Office Location: HSS Bldg., 3rd Flr., Rm. 318F
Mailing Address: UOG Station, Mangilao, Guam 96923
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University of Guam

Associate Professor, Psychology

Office Location: HSS Bldg., 2nd Flr., Rm. 220E
Mailing Address: UOG Station, Mangilao, Guam 96923

Expertise

Psychology
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About

Yoshito Kawabata is an associate professor with a background in developmental psychology. He received a B.A. and a M.A. in psychology from the University of Oregon and a Ph.D. in child psychology from the Institute of Child Development, University of Minnesota.

Yoshi’s research interest focuses on interpersonal relationships and psychopathology and the roles of contextual factors such as schools, neighborhoods, and cultures on these domains.

He is particularly interested in examining risk and protective factors that may influence developmental processes involving parenting, peer relationships, and forms of psychopathology (i.e., anxiety, depression, and aggression) with a cross-cultural and ethnically diverse sample. In another line of research, Yoshi uses a combination of quantitative and qualitative data and analyzes how and why children and adolescents accept or reject intergroup contact or cross-ethnic friendships.

He has supervised undergraduate and graduate students with their thesis and provided considerable support for research and writing. He has enjoyed these mentoring experiences and is excited to work with students at University of Guam. 

EDUCATION

2009 Ph.D. in Child Psychology, Institute of Child Development, University of Minnesota 

2002 M.A. in Psychology, University of Oregon

 

 

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Irena received her PhD in Fine Arts from the University of Auckland, New Zealand (2015), MFA in printmaking from Tokyo University of the Arts,Japan (2005) and BA in art education, Academy of Fine Arts, University of Zagreb, Croatia (2000). Integrating theory and practice has been a key element to her research through which she has been exploring connections between eco-Buddhism and printmaking, extended forms of print and art/craft relationship.

Her practice involves large-scale monochrome woodcuts and print installations. Irena’s artwork has been exhibited internationally in many group and independent exhibitions. She presented at the SGCI Print Conference 2016 in Portland USA, IMPACT 9 International Printmaking Conference, China (2015), 4th International Printmaking Symposium at University of Auckland, NZ (2015), IMPACT 8 in Scotland (2013) and the 2nd International Mokuhanga Conference at Tokyo University of the Arts, Japan (2014).

She exhibited at the Festival of Pacific Arts in Gaum Museum and Isla Centre for the Arts (2016). Irena curated the International Exhibition of Contemporary Print UOG 2016 at Isla Centre for the Arts (2016). Her work is exhibited the International Print Biennial, Northern Print, UK (2016), and SGCI Print Conference 2017 in Atlanta, USA. Irena is an Assistant Professor of Art, University of Guam.

EDUCATION

2015 PhD Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland, New Zealand
2005 MFA Tokyo University of the Arts, Japan
2000 BA Art Education, Academy of Fine Arts, University of Zagreb, Croatia

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University of Guam

Instructor, Communication

Office Location: EC Bldg., 1st Flr., Rm. EC111
Mailing Address: UOG Station, Mangilao, Guam 96923
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University of Guam

Assistant Professor, Geography
Pacific Islands Climate Science Coordinator, Center for Island Sustainability

Office Location: HSS Bldg., 2nd Flr., Rm. 220C
Mailing Address: UOG Station, Mangilao, Guam 96923
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University of Guam

Assistant Professor, Linguistics

Office Location: EC Bldg., 1st Flr., Rm 118B
Mailing Address: UOG Station, Mangilao, Guam 96923
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Dr. Amy Owen

Associate Professor, Geography

Office Location: HSS Bldg., 2nd Flr., Rm. 209
Mailing Address: UOG Station, Mangilao, Guam 96923
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Degrees Earned: 

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Geography (2003)
  • Master of Science in Ecosystems Biology (1991)
  • Bachelor of Science in Biology (1988)

Interests

  • Culture change patterns in young adults
  • Improving teaching course delivery
  • Building ecologically resilient lifestyle and economy.

Courses

  • World Regional Geography
  • Special Topics in Geography (i.e. Earth's Future)
  • Economic Geography  

Select Publications: 

  • Owen, A. (2012) Causes and Trends in Culture Change Today:  CHamoru and Filipino Societies on the Island of Guam.  In Psychology of Culture, eds. G. R. Hayes and M. H. Bryant, Nova Science Publishers.  ISBN: 978-1-62257-274-8.
  • Owen, A. (2011) Culture Change Dynamics in the Mariana Islands.  Pacific Asia Inquiry, Vol. 2:165-194.
  • Owen, A. (2010) Guam Culture, Immigration and the US Military Buildup.  Asia Pacific Viewpoint Vol. 51(3):304-318.
  • Owen, A., Jankowski, P., Williams, B. & Wulfhorst, J.D.  (2008) Improving public participation in resource protection: case studies in north-central Idaho.  Journal of Environmental Planning and Policy, Vol. 10(3):255-269.
  • Owen, A., Jankowski, P. & Williams. B. (2006). A Social cybernetics approach to community use of spatial data for resource protection: field study on a north-central Idaho Indian Reservation.  Journal of Environmental Assessment Policy and Management, Vol. 8(4): 431-450.

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