Hiromi Tobaru

Contact Information


Voice: 657-278-2577

Dept: 657-278-3534

Department Address

Office: Humanities 830-F

Hiromi Tobaru, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Japanese


Dr. Hiromi Tobaru received her Ph.D. in East Asian Languages and Literatures at The Ohio State University with a focus on Japanese language pedagogy. Her research interests include pedagogical material development for study abroad students, social network development during study abroad, intercultural communication, and Japanese style shifting by foreign language learners.


2019, Ph.D. in East Asian Languages and Literatures, Ohio State University

2014, M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages/Bilingual

            Education, University of Findlay

2012, B.A. in Foreign Language Studies, University of Kitakyushu

Courses Regularly Taught

Japanese Language Pedagogy, Business Japanese, Japanese Behavioral culture.


Tobaru, H. (forthcoming). Style shifting as a measurement of linguistic and cultural gain during study abroad in Japan. Buckeye East Asian Linguistics vol. 5.

Tobaru, H. (2019). Understanding the Difficulties in Building Intercultural Relationships from Perspectives of American Students and Japanese Students during a Short-term Study Abroad in Japan.  Journal of the National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages, 25(1), pp. 109-131.

Online Office Hours

or by appointment

Current Course Schedule

JAPN 203
Monday & Wednesday
11:30AM-12:20PM           WEB-OF
Tuesday & Thursday
11:30AM-12:45PM           WEB-OF

JAPN 204
Monday & Wednesday
Tuesday & Thursday
1:00-2:15PM                        WEB-OF

JAPN 308
Monday & Wednesday
2:30-3:45PM                        WEB-OF