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Alan Brender, a veteran of international higher education, author and former journalist, has been named associate dean at Lakeland College Japan (LCJ).
Brender has been LCJ's interim associate dean for the last year. He has worked in several capacities for Lakeland since 2006, also serving as LCJ's director of external relations. He has scheduled classes, recruited teachers and assisted with student registration, recruitment and counseling for the college.
As associate dean, Brender will lead the academic programs and the administrative operations for Lakeland's Tokyo campus. He is responsible for academic offerings and supervision of faculty, the day-to-day administrative operations of the campus and external relations with the Japanese government, the U.S. Embassy and other universities and organizations in Japan.
As external affairs director, Brender negotiated an agreement with a Japanese university to exchange students, to coordinate faculty development and to cooperate in a number of other ways. As part of LCJ's community outreach program, he also established and manages a non-degree bearing continuing education program at LCJ called Open College and coordinates a monthly free lecture series.
Brender has been involved with international education for most of his life. He has 25 years of experience in higher education, having taught at the University of Maryland, Temple University, Waseda University, Kyorin University, Hitotsubashi University and Lakeland. He has also held administrative posts in writing, recruiting and alumni relations at several of these institutions.
Brender has taught or worked in education in Kenya, Swaziland, Lesotho, Botswana and Malaysia.
The author and contributor to more than 20 books, Brender worked for The Chronicle of Higher Education as the Japan/Korea correspondent for five years, writing nearly 100 published articles and working with ministry of education officials and university presidents in both countries.
Brender give presentations annually to American university administrators and students visiting Japan on Fulbright grants on the status of Japanese higher education. He also has been a judge determining which Japanese students should receive Fulbright grants to attend universities in the U.S.
Brender has a bachelor's degree in English and a master's in teachers of English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) from Columbia University, where he also did graduate work in both the School Journalism. He has a doctor of education specializing in English as a second language from Temple University.
LCJ is located in the central part of Tokyo and was formed in 1990. Prior to earning a two-year associate's degree, many LCJ students enroll in a one-year program that teaches English skills, including speaking, reading, writing and learning to study critically and analytically. Approximately 30 percent of LCJ students are non-Japanese, representing 25 different countries. Many LCJ graduates transfer to Lakeland's primary campus in Wisconsin to complete their bachelor's degree.