August 27, 2013
Earlham College's Gary DeCoker will serve as the next Executive Director of the ASIANetwork beginning in 2014.
"The Board looks forward to working with Dr. DeCoker and to his leadership in the coming years as we continue our mission of promoting Asia in the liberal arts," states an ASIANetwork press release announcing the appointment on Aug. 22.
Currently, DeCoker is professor of Japanese Studies and the director of the Japanese Studies academic department at Earlham. Since 2003, he has been director of Earlham’s Japan Study program, a consortial program that promotes educational exchange and faculty development between Waseda University in Tokyo and the member colleges of the Great Lakes Colleges Association and the Associated Colleges of the Midwest. A professor emeritus of education at Ohio Wesleyan University, DeCoker served on the ASIANetwork Board of Directors from 2007 to 2010 and currently directs the ASIANetwork's Luce Foundation Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow Program.
DeCoker received his M.A. in Japanese Studies and Ph.D. in Comparative Education from the University of Michigan. His research interests include educational reform and education in the arts. He is the editor of two books published by Teachers College Press at Columbia University, National Standards and School Reform in Japan and the United States (2002) and Japanese Education in the Era of Globalization (2013), and numerous articles and book chapters on contemporary Japanese education, the teaching of the Japanese traditional arts, and current issues in U.S. education. His publications have appeared in Harvard Educational Review, Education About Asia, Monumenta Nipponica, Education Week and The Chronicle of Higher Education. DeCoker has been awarded research grants from the Japan Foundation, Spencer Foundation, Japanese Ministry of Education and the Japan-United States Friendship Commission.