Vice President for Institutional Research and Assessment
Dean of the Graduate School
Professor of Linguistics and Education
Tomoko Takahashi joined Soka University of America, Calabasas in 1992. In February 1994, she was appointed as the university’s first dean of the graduate school to direct the master of arts degree program in second and foreign language education. In 2001 she was appointed as SUA’s first provost to serve as the chief academic officer of the university, overseeing both the graduate and undergraduate academic programs through 2014. She currently serves as vice president for institutional research and assessment, as well as dean of the graduate school. In 2015 Dr. Takahashi was elected to the WASC Senior College and University Commission. As SUA’s accreditation liaison officer since 2001, a frequent visiting committee member since 2008, and as a commissioner, she has gained valuable experience with and made a significant contribution to the accrediting commission. Dr. Takahashi received her doctorate in applied linguistics from Columbia University and her second doctorate in translation studies from Monash University in Australia. She has published more than 20 books including scholarly books in English and Japanese on language learning, cross-cultural communication, and lexico-semantics; 15 textbooks for Japanese learners of English, eight of which have been translated into Chinese and Korean; and Japanese translations of Rosa Parks: My Story, Quiet Strength, and Dear Mrs. Parks. Takahashi’s memoir entitled Samurai and Cotton, published in November 2011, was named the winner in the autobiography category of the 2012 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.