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Academic Affairs

Welcome to Soka University of America and the area of Academic Affairs.   The Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPAA) and Dean of Faculty serves as the Chief Academic Officer (CAO) of the university and is responsible for overseeing the university’s academic affairs including the university library, and Registrar’s office. In addition to his appointment as VPAA in 2015, Dr. Edward Feasel has served as the Dean of Faculty since 2005 and teaches in the undergraduate program as a Full Professor of Economics.

Edward M. Feasel, PhD

Vice President for Academic Affairs
Dean of Faculty &
Chief Academic Officer
Professor of Economics
Office Location:  Fourth Floor, Pauling Hall
Phone: 949-480-4133
FAX: 949-480-4263

Undergraduate Program

The Dean of Faculty is responsible for the overall management and leadership of the university’s undergraduate program, which offers a Bachelor’s degree program in Liberal Arts with concentrations in Environmental Studies, Humanities, International Studies, and Social and Behavioral Sciences. The Dean of Faculty not only oversees these four concentrations, but also the university’s study abroad and international internships program, writing program, language and culture program, and creative arts program. The Dean of Faculty is assisted by  the Assistant Dean of Faculty. Dr. Michael Weiner was appointed Assistant Dean of Faculty in 2014.

Michael Weiner, PhD
Assistant Dean of Faculty
Professor of East Asian History & International Studies
Phone: 949-480-4337
FAX: 949-480-4263

Graduate Program 

The Dean of the Graduate School oversees the university’s master’s degree program, the University Bridge Program, which is a college preparatory ESL program, and the English Language Program for Soka Women’s College students.  Dr. Takahashi has served as the Dean of the Graduate School since 1994.  She also serves as the Vice President for Institutional Research and Assessment, overseeing the university accreditation and assessment activities. As the Dean of the Graduate School, Dr. Takahashi works closely with the Director of the MA in Educational Leadership and Societal Change. Dr. John M. Heffron was appointed MA Program Director in 2014.

Tomoko Takahashi, PhD, EdD, LHD
VP for Institutional Research
and Assessment &
Dean of Graduate School
Professor of Linguistics and Education

Office Location:  First Floor, Ikeda Library
Phone: 949-480-4047
FAX: 949-480-4062

John M. Heffron, PhD

Director of the MA Program in Educational Leadership and Societal Change
Professor of Educational History and Culture

Phone: 949-480-4028
FAX: 949-480-4243