Miho Fujiwara

Professor of Japanese

Professor Miho Fujiwara received her B.Ed. degree in English language education from Hiroshima University, Japan and her M.S. and Ph.D. in Linguistics from Georgetown University.

Professor Fujiwara offers the following classes at Willamette University:

  • IDS101 College Colloquium
  • JAPN201W Modern Japanese Society and Culture
  • JAPN240 Japanese Language and Culture
  • JAPN331/332 Third Year Japanese I/II
  • JAPN430/431 Japanese Reading and Composition I/II
  • JAPN432/434 Conversational Japanese I/II
  • ASIA/CHNSE/JAPN499W Senior Seminar

She received two teaching awards: Jerry E. Hudson Award for Excellence in Teaching (2009) and Mortorboard Professor of the Year (2009).

Dr. Fujiwara’s research interests center on application of linguistic theories to practical Japanese language teaching as a second language. Her major fields of specialties are: first and second language acquisition studies, Japanese linguistics (morphology, discourse), and cognitive linguistics.

Professor Fujiwara and four Japanese Studies and Asian Studies major students received the ASIANetwork Freeman Student-Faculty Research Fellowship to conduct research in Japan in 2009. She also enjoys working with students for the Carson Undergraduate Research Grant.

She supports students’ activities and is an advisor for the Japan Studies Student Leaders (JSSL), Taiko Club and Sanshin Club.

Dr. Fujiwara’s service and contribution to the on and off campus communities include: Department Chair (2006-2013), Faculty Council (2009-2011), Vice President, Association of Teachers of Japanese in Oregon (ATJO) (2009-2011), and Board Member, Confederation of Oregon Foreign Language Teachers (COFLT) (2009-2011).

She also served as an interviewer for the Japan Exchange & Teaching (JET) Program, a judge for the Portland’s Japanese Consular Office’s Japanese speech contest, and a reviewer for professional journals and conferences in her field

External Grants and Fellowships

Miho Fujiwara, Japanese & Chinese. Salem-Kawagoe Sister Cities, Inc., Grant to Promote Japanese Culture, $300, April 2017.