Ben Grafstrom

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Name
Ben Grafstrom
Nickname
Ben G
E-mail
bgrafstromgmail.com
Affiliation
Akita University
Section
Center for Promotion of Educational Research and Affairs
Job title
Assistant Professor
Degree
MA(University of Colorado at Boulder)
Research funding number
30642376

Profile

Research interests include medieval Japanese thought & literature, particularly non-conventional notions of Time in early Japan and their relationship to everyday life.

Currently researching the kōwakamai "Fushimi Tokiwa."

Research Areas

 
 
  • Literature / Japanese literature / reiterations and permutations of war tales in the medieval era and beyond

Academic & Professional Experience

 
Jun 2012
 - 
Today
Assistant Professor, Center for Promotion of Educational Research and Affairs, Akita University
 
Aug 2009
 - 
Jun 2012
Assistant Language Teacher, Hokkaido Rausu Board of Education, Town of Rausu, Hokkaido
 
Sep 2006
 - 
Aug 2009
Research Assistant, Center for Asian Studies, University of Colorado at Boulder
 
Sep 2004
 - 
Aug 2006
Teacher, English & Language Arts, Monsignor Bonner High School
 

Education

 
Sep 2006
 - 
Aug 2009
Japanese Literature, East Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Colorado at Boulder
 
Sep 1997
 - 
Aug 2001
English Literature, School of Arts & Sciences, Susquehanna University
 
Sep 1993
 - 
Aug 1997
Monsignor Bonner High School
 

Committee Memberships

 
May 2017
 - 
Today
Akita University  教育推進企画会議
 
Jun 2012
 - 
Today
Akita University  教育開発部門 部門員
 
2012
 - 
Today
Akita University  教育活動部門 部門員
 

Awards & Honors

 
Jun 2018
Outstanding Performance Award 2017, Akita University
 
2018
for the courses EAP I (C2), EAP II (D11), and English for the Humanities, Student Satisfaction Award, Akita University
 
3 separate awards
2017
for the courses Introduction to Japanese Culture II, EAP I (C3), EAP II (C2), EAP III (F & N), Student Satisfaction Award, Akita University
 
5 separate awards
2016
for the courses EAP I (D12), English for the Humanities, Student Satisfaction Award, Akita University
 
2 separate awards
Nov 2015
Best of JALT 2015 Award, The Japan Association for Language Teaching
 
Oct 2015
4th Japan-Russia Haiku Contest Winner, Akita International University President's Award, Akita International Haiku Network
 
2015
for the courses Introduction to Japanese Culture II, Student Satisfaction Award, Akita University
 
2014
for the courses EAP I (D10 & C3), EAP III (D), Student Satisfaction Award, Akita University
 
3 separate awards

Published Papers

 
Teaching Methodology: Developing Rubrics to Evaluate Critical-Thinking Discussions
Ben Grafstrom
Akita English Studies   60 1-12   Apr 2019
Content-based Language Learning and Building an Environment for Learning
Ben Grafstrom
Tohoku/ Hokkaido Region Higher and Secondary Education Core Curriculum Symposium      2018
The English Marathon Program in Akita University
Hamada, Yo; Bessette, Alan; Grafström, Ben; and Tacker, Jason
Annual Research Report on General Education, Akita University   20 1-6   2018
Haiku and Creative Writing Teaching in the English Language Classroom
Ben Grafstrom
Akita English Studies   58 17-25   2017
Teaching haiku Composition to English Language Learners through Honka-dori
Ben Grafstrom
Annual Research Report on General Education, Akita University   19 19-27   2017
Teaching Haiku and Haiku Composition to English Language Learners
Ben Grafstrom
Akita English Studies   57 32-41   2016
The Road to Fluency: English Language Learning through Japanese Literature
Ben Grafstrom
The Tohoku English Language Education Society Journal   35 133-145   2015   [Refereed]
Autonomy and Borderless Learning Strategies
Ben Grafstrom
Akita English Studies   56 36-44   2015
Cultivating Learner Autonomy within Groups
Ben Grafstrom
Annual Research Report on General Education, Akita University   17 23-31   2015
Abenomics and the LDP’s Push for More ALTs in Schools
Ben Grafstrom
Akita English Studies   55 45-55   2014
Fostering learner autonomy at Akita University: English Programs that Supplement Course Offerings
Ben Grafstrom
Annual Research Report on General Education, Akita University   16    2014
Student Expectations Regarding English-Language Use in Life after University
Ben Grafstrom
Annual Research Report on General Education, Akita University   15    2013
Dramatic Accounts of Saitō Musashibō Benkei from Three Kōwakamai: Shikoku-ochi, Togashi, and Oi-sagashi
Ben Grafstrom
University of Colorado, Boulder      2009   [Refereed]

Misc

 
Introduction
Ben Grafstrom
Serow: Journal of the Akita International Haiku Network   2    2019
Ben Grafstrom
NHK Haiku Masters: Shizuoka Special      Jun 2018   [Refereed]
original haiku composed by the author
Review: A Trio of Windows by Adjei Agyei-Baah, Maki Starfield, and Ikuyo Yoshimura
Ben Grafstrom
The Mamba: Journal of Africa Haiku Network   6 97-102   2018
Introduction
Ben Grafstrom
Serow: Journal of the Akita International Haiku Network   1    2018
Sad Contemplation
Ben Grafstrom
Bonsai: a journal of haiku and other small poems   1 18   2018   [Refereed]
original haiku composed by the author
Alone, daydreaming
Ben Grafstrom
Wales Haiku Journal      2018   [Refereed]
original haiku composed by the author

Conference Activities & Talks

 
Professional Development for English Language Educators
Ben Grafstrom
Hokkaido Skills Development Conference   7 Nov 2018   
Time Studies [Invited]
Ben Grafstrom
Akita Communicative English Studies   28 Oct 2018   
Content-based Language Learning and Building an Environment for Learning
Ben Grafstrom
Tohoku/Hokkaido Regional Secondary and Higher Education Core Curriculum Research Symposium   23 Aug 2018   
Fushimi Tokiwa: Teaching Selfhood in Premodern Japan
Ben Grafstrom
Anthropology of Japan in Japan Fall Meeting   9 Dec 2017   
Kōwakamai: Japan’s Lost Performance Art [Invited]
Ben Grafstrom
Akita Communicative English Studies   17 Sep 2017   
Kami, Birds, Rice Cultivation, and the Passing of Time in Shintō [Invited]
Ben Grafstrom
Ise and Japan Program   Mar 2017   
An Analysis of notions of sleep and sleep habits of Muromachi Era Peasants as told by Kōwakamai narratives [Invited]
Ben Grafstrom
The Japanese Society for Time Studies International Symposium   18 Dec 2015   
Teaching Haiku and Haiku Composition to English Language Learners [Invited]
Ben Grafstrom
Akita JALT   Dec 2015   
Birds of a Feather: Ornithology, Rice Cultivation, and the Passing of Time in the Kōwakamai Fushimi Tokiwa
Ben Grafstrom
Research Institute for Time Studies’ Public Symposium on Time Studies   6 Jun 2015   
Edo Narratives and Happiness in Modern Japan
Ben Grafstrom
Japan Association for Language Teaching PanSIG   16 May 2015   
Birds of a Feather: Ornithology, Rice Cultivation, and the Passing of Time in the Kōwakamai Fushimi Tokiwa [Invited]
Ben Grafstrom
Timing Day & Night: Timescapes in Premodern Japan, University of Cambridge   15 Apr 2015   
Autonomy and Borderless Language Learning Strategies
Ben Grafstrom
Japan Association for Language Teaching   22 Nov 2014   
The Formation of Tōhoku’s Literary Identity
Ben Grafstrom
Asian Studies in Israel Conference   24 May 2014   
The National Honor Society and Global Jinzai [Invited]
Ben Grafstrom
Akita Communicative English Studies   26 Jan 2014   
National Honor Society Global Jinazai
Ben Grafstrom
Akita English Studies Conference   30 Nov 2013   
Boon or Boondoggle: Abenomics and the LDP’s Current Push for ALTs in Schools
Ben Grafstrom
Japan Society of English Language Education   10 Aug 2013   

Social Contribution

 
Akita University Kanto Team
[Others]  Jun 2015 - Today