Formerly on the faculties of the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and Macalester College, Sarah has been involved in undergraduate teaching, academic administration, grant writing, graduate advising, and cross-cultural and interdisciplinary program development since the early 1990s. At the University of Minnesota she taught Japanese literature, language, film, and women’s studies. At Macalester College, she created and led an Asian Studies program and helped to write and administer a $1.77 million foundation grant to support the study of China. Sarah holds a Ph.D. in East Asian Literature, M.A. in East Asian Studies, and B.A. in English, all from Cornell University, and was a Fulbright senior researcher at Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto. She occasionally teaches as an adjunct in the Department of Asian Languages and Literatures at the University of Minnesota, including courses on images of geisha and on early modern Japanese literature. She serves on the board of AdopSource, a nonprofit committed to the integration of culture, identity, and life experience for transracial adoptees.
The Director of Programs provides leadership and oversight to all HECUA programs to ensure consistently high standards in curriculum and pedagogy. The position supervises program directors and various program and support staff. The Director of Programs also tends to member relations within specific academic departments and organizes the Academic Program Committee, a committee that provides oversight and assessment for all HECUA programs. The Director of Programs answers questions and concerns about the content or curriculum of a program, and reviews grade disputes in consultation with the program director and the student’s home institution.