Dr. Chiaki Takagi, a lecturer in Japanese at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, received the American Association of Teachers of Japanese (AATJ) 2014 Teacher Award in the post-secondary category.

In announcing the award, Dr. Eiko Ushida, professional development director of AATJ, said, “It is clear that Dr. Takagi excels in all of the areas that we want to recognize and honor with this award: quality and innovative teaching, service to the profession and to the community, participation in professional development activities, and advocacy for her program and Japanese language education as a whole.”

In addition to being a senior lecturer of Japanese and Asian Studies, Takagi serves as director of the Japanese program. She also serves as the Global Engagement Fellow for UNCG’s University Teaching and Learning Commons.

Her research and teaching interests include Japanese language, modern Japanese literature and film, Japan’s modernization, and Japanese society and culture after the Great East Japan Earthquake.

Takagi received her doctorate in English with a concentration in Postcolonial Literatures and Theory, at UNCG. She received her master’s degree in M.A. in African American Literature at North Carolina A&T State University.