Department of World Languages and Cultures

Organizing Committee

Kasumi Yamazaki, Ph.D.       Gaby Semaan, Ph.D.

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Dr. Gaby Semaan

Director of Middle East Studies & Coordinator of Arabic Program
Dr. Semaan is a communication and media specialist and an expert on Middle East politics and cultures. He holds a Ph.D from BGSU in Communication with a specialization in Intercultural Communication ,and cognates in Organizational Communication, Education ,and Language Teaching. His areas of research include cultural identity of Arab Americans and Arab diaspora in the U.S. and Europe. Dr. Semaan also researches and publishes in the field of global competence and language teaching pedagogy. Currently, he has ongoing projects researching about the Arab refugees in Germany.


Dr. Kasumi Yamazaki

Director of Japanese Program & Associate Professor
Kasumi Yamazaki is Associate Professor of Japanese in the Department of World Languages & Cultures, where she teaches advanced level courses of Japanese as a Foreign Language (JFL) and culture. Dr. Yamazaki’s research focuses on a wide range of contemporary Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL) pedagogy and integration, namely, the use of 3D simulation games and virtual realities (VRs), the development of intelligent CALL (ICALL) systems, and the effectiveness of technology-enhanced language learning curricula. Dr. Yamazaki currently serves as Editor-in-Chief of Technology in Language Teaching & Learning by Castledown Publishers; Dr. Yamazaki's research also garnered attention through her series of publications at international and regional conferences.

Charlene Gary - secrétaire extraordinaire

Charlene has a BA in Business Administration from Columbia College. In this lifetime, she has worked for a major national airline, was office manager at a dance studio, is a housesitter, was the senior executive assistant to the County Administrator for Orange County, Florida, is a TNR volunteer, and a Fashion Designer. Her creativity and marketing skills have led to a doubling in social media followers; and visits with our office emotional support dog have enhanced academic life for all students on campus. In the next chapter of her life, she wants to house sit in every country around the world. 


Last Updated: 9/26/23