Makiko Fukuda

Assistant Dean for Faculty Success, Professor of Instruction, Modern Languages and Literatures

Makiko Fukuda


Makiko Fukuda is a professor of instruction and the Japanese program coordinator. In 2009, she earned her Ph.D. from Purdue University, specializing in Japanese Pedagogy and Applied Linguistics. Fukuda has instructed Japanese language courses at all levels, as well as cultural courses focusing on Japanese films and Anime.

In addition to her teaching role at UTSA, she served as the president of the Japanese Teachers Association in Texas in 2018 and the Japan America Society of San Antonio in 2014. Her contributions to education were recognized with the 2019 Texas Foreign Language Association Teacher of the Year Award and the 2023 American Association of Teachers of Japanese Outstanding Teacher Award.

Research Interests

  • Second and first language acquisition
  • Intercultural competence
  • Language pedagogy
  • Film studies


  • Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics, Purdue University (2009)
  • M.A. in Japanese Pedagogy and Graduate Certificate in ESL, Purdue University (2006)
  • B.A. in Communication, Hokusei Gakuen University, Japan (2000)

Honors and Awards



Journal Articles:

Makiko Fukuda & Katsuo Nishikawa-Chávez. (2021). Summer study abroad in Japan: Maximizing intercultural competency development through self-guided cultural exploration and reflection tasks. Foreign Language Annals, 54, 823-846.

Makiko Fukuda. (2014). Dynamic processes of speech development by seven adult learners of Japanese in a domestic immersion context. Foreign Language Annals, 47, 729-745.



Conference Proceedings:

Makiko Fukuda et al., (2022, April 30th). Changing values in modern Japan: Developing diversity-aware teaching materials for a Japanese culture course. Proceeding of the 28th Princeton Japanese Pedagogy Forum. Princeton, NJ.

Makiko Fukuda (2021, August 18 & 19). How to teach intercultural competency with Japanese movies focusing on social justice. Proceeding of the Canadian Association for Japanese Language Education (CAJLE) Annual Conference 2021.

Makiko Fukuda. (2021, May 8th). Rethinking cultural education in a foreign language classroom. Proceeding of the 27th Princeton Japanese Pedagogy Forum. Princeton, NJ.