Rebecca Tanaka
Phone: 847-997-8421
Degree Level/Concentration: MA in Political Science; BA in Political Science; Post Graduate Certificate for Community College Faculty Preparation; and Oxford Certificate in Teaching Japanese People.


Professional Background: I am an independent contractor with a personal development company where I teach memory and speed reading skills for business professionals and students. I also travel to Finland twice a year to teach intensive advanced professional writing and intercultural communicating skills for an international business and economics university. Up until 2010, I lived and worked in Japan for 17 years where I taught political science and communication skills courses at women’s and co-educational universities. During this time, I was a full-time professor and assistant director of the Office of Foreign Programs. In this capacity, I developed and coordinated study aboard programs for incoming and outgoing students as well as international symposia in the fields of international education and health and nutrition for women and children. Before going to Japan, I taught political science and the history of modern Asia at community colleges in Washington State. Prior to focusing on teaching, I worked in the public and private sectors as a Management Analyst for the U.S. Department of Defense, Assistant to the Executive Director and lobbyist of a public port, General Manager of a hotel management company, and Firm Administrator of a public accounting firm. I was active in party politics and at one time was asked to run for the Washington State House of Representatives. I have published two textbooks, more than twenty research articles and articles pertaining to professional writing in magazines and newsletters.