Joan Ericson, CC associate professor and chair of the German, Russian and East Asian languages department, was recently elected to the executive board of the Association of Teachers of Japanese, the professional organization in North America of university faculty in the fields of Japanese literature, language pedagogy and linguistics. Ericson's term will last three years; she is the current president-elect, then will become president, and finally past president.
Ericson teaches Japanese literature, language and culture courses at CC. Raised in Japan, she is bilingual and bicultural, and holds degrees in Japanese Literature from the University of Hawai'i and Columbia University. She has published on the development of the concept of modern Japanese women's literature, and is researching Japanese children's literature in the context of modernization.