Tatsuya Fukushima (B.A., Kanto Gakuin University, 1988; Ph.D., Oklahoma State University, 2000), joined the University of Arkansas in 2000 and is currently Associate Professor of Japanese & Linguistics as well as Coordinator of the Japanese Program. His specializations include discourse analysis, sociolinguistics, and technology-based language instruction.
Fukushima’s article "Japanese continuative conjunction ga as a semantic boundary marker" (published in Language & Communication) was listed by ScienceDirect as one of the Top 25 most frequently downloaded articles in January-March 2005.
In 2005, Fukushima became the first Asian recipient of the Fulbright College Master Teacher Award. In 2008, Fukushima secured the designation of the University of Arkansas as an official U.S. test site of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (an international certification examination of the Japanese language proficiency for nonnative speakers). In 2013, Fukushima was awarded the Consul-General's Commendation from the Government of Japan for his contribution to promoting Japanese language education in the United States.
- Fukushima, T. (2006). Ga: Japanese Conjunction—Its Functions and Sociolinguistic Implications. München, Germany: Lincom Europa.
- Fukushima, T. (2002). Promotional video production in a foreign language course. Foreign Language Annals, 35(3), 349-355.
- Fukushima, T. (2005). Japanese continuative conjunction ga as a semantic boundary marker. Language & Communication, 25(1), 81-105.
- Fukushima, T. (2005). True colors of Japanese prime ministers: A linguistic approach to political profiling. Journal of Language and Politics, 4(3), 423-444.
- Fukushima, T. (2007). Simulation JFL: Business Writing. Simulation & Gaming: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Theory, Practice and Research, 38(1), 48-66.