Tanja McCandie has been involved in education for over 20 years, either as an English teacher or working as a publishing rep. She’s taught in Canada, England and Japan. Currently an assistant professor in Nagoya, her research interests include gender and education, autonomous learning and teacher development. When not working she can be found with her family, supporting animal shelters, traveling and/or enjoying a drink or two.
Parisa Mehran is a PhD candidate at Takemura Lab, Informedia Education Division, Cybermedia Center, Osaka University, Japan. Born and raised in Tehran, Parisa holds a BA in English Language and Literature and an MA in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL), both from Alzahra University, Tehran. Before moving to Japan, she taught English for academic purposes (EAP) at Alzahra University. In 2014, she obtained the Japanese Government Scholarship and is now pursuing further education in Japan. Parisa’s research interests include Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL), online/blended course design, AR/VR applications in ELT, and social justice education. She currently teaches part-time at Konan Women’s University, Kobe City University of Foreign Languages, and an English conversation school, Princeford English College. She also actively gives talks about the real Iran and the Iranian people behind the news at universities, events, and conferences, and blogs about the Iranian identity at beyondyourstereotypes.wordpress.com.
Paul Arenson is a a sometimes singer, songwriter, teacher and political activist, born in NY & living in Japan since 1979. His has a personal website and a political one. He also designs websites. Critical pedagogy is one of his interests. He and his partner offer medical support to rough sleepers. After the nuclear disaster in 2011, they both gave up their regular jobs and moved to Kyushu.
See also: Addressing the Imbalance