Marjo Mitsutomi

Assoc Professor, Sch of Ed

Degrees: Ph.D., Ball State University; M.A., Teaching English as a Foreign Language; B.A., English with a Minor in German

Office: Education, University Hall

Phone: 909/748-8064



Professional Background

Marjo Mitsutomi earned her doctorate from Ball State University in applied linguistics and teaching English as a second language. She has taught and directed programs in English to speakers of other languages both in American and Japanese institutions of higher education.

She has been instrumental through her collaborative research and professional presentations working with the International Aviation Association and the Federal Aviation Association to create regulations and criteria for certification to establish the level of proficiency in English necessary for all pilots. Her collaborative research projects relate to issues of second language and culture acquisition.

Research Interests

  • Second/foreign language acquisition and development directly or through content area instruction
  • English Language Learner challenges in California public schools
  • California teacher and student cultural and linguistic competency gap

Career Highlights

  • Developer of English language proficiency standards for global aviation
  • Keynote speaker on language acquisition for International Civil Aviation Organization
  • Committee member in California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC)
  • Bilingual Teacher Certification Working Group Secondary Level Chair
  • Board Member, California Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (CATESOL)

Courses Taught at Redlands

  • Master’s in Language and Culture: EDUC 645, 647, 649, 602
  • Preliminary Teacher Credentialing: EDUC 504, 508

Degrees Held

  • 1995 Ph.D. Applied Linguistics Ball State University
  • 1982 M.A. Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) Ball State University
  • 1981 B.A. Major: English; Minor: German Anderson University
    Standard Teachers’ License for Secondary (9-12), State of Indiana

Previous Teaching Experience

  • Program Director English as a Foreign Language Department
    Warner Pacific College, Portland, OR
  • Program Director English as a Foreign Language Department
    Indiana Wesleyan University, Marion, IN
  • Doctoral Teaching Faculty Intensive English Institute, Department of English
    Ball State University, Muncie, IN
  • Faculty Department of English, Faculty of Education
    Saga University, Saga, Japan

Previous Relevant Work Experience in Aviation

  • President M.I. AIR Corporation (2005-2007)
    Redlands, CA
  • Vice President M. I. AIR Corporation (1996-2005)
    Redlands, CA

Major Awards

  • Award for Aviation Safety Initiative – Federal Aviation Administration
  • Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award – University of Redlands

Significant Publications, Presentations or Panels

Refereed Presentations and Publications


"Spatial Analysis of Southern California School Districts: An Interactive Atlas." Funded by SBA Grant #SBAHQ-06-1-0046; accessible at

"California Fault Lines: Language Education Model." California Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (CATESOL) Conference, Pasadena, CA.

"The Linguistic Identity of Southern California and Its Consequences for Business." ESRI 2009 Business GIS Summit: Research and Education Track, San Diego, CA.

"Cultural Explanations of Global Differences in the Ease of Doing Business." Annual Conference, American Association of Geographers, Las Vegas, NV.

"The Southern California Hispanic Teacher-Student Gap and its Consequences." The Teaching and Learning Conference, Waikiki, HI (Best Paper Award).

"Consumerism across Three Continents: Personal Experiences and Reflection." Applied Business Research Conference, Waikiki, HI.


"Spatial Properties of Linguistic Isolation." Annual Meeting, American Association of Geographers, Boston, MA.

Other Academic Presentations and Publications


"Language Testing Criteria for Global Harmonization." ICAO Circular 318, (author and editor), Montreal, Canada.


"Cross-Cultural Communication (Verse)." Nurturing Potential, Vol. 4, No. 2 (on-line issue), Spring 2005.

Student Voices: Key Factors in the Struggle for New Linguistic and Cultural Identity, “Acculturation vs. Assimilation: Every Child Left Behind,” UTLA’s (United Teachers of Los Angeles) Bilingual Education Committee Conference, Los Angeles, CA (with VernaLynn McDonald) (2005).

Public Speaking Engagements and Presentations


"Accreditation and Aviation English: Why Bother?" International Civil Aviation English Association (ICAEA), International Conference, Warsaw Poland (Invited speaker).

"Testing and Accreditation Processes." (ICAEA), Warsaw, Poland (with Jerry Platt); Panel Discussion Leaders.


"Aviation English – What It is and Is Not." Meeting of Aviation English Test Developers, Civil Aviation Flight University of China, Guanghan City, Sixhuan Province, China.


"ICAO English Proficiency – What Does It Really Mean?" Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways informational meeting, Tokyo, Japan.

"A Status Report on Aviation English." International Aviation Training Symposium (IATS), Oklahoma City, OK.

Other Scholarly Contributions

  • California Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (CATESOL), Secondary Level Chair, Board Member (2009-present)
  • Consultant to the Chinese Civil Aviation Beijing, China (2007)
  • Assessor of the first English proficiency test for Chinese air traffic controllers, Guanhang, China (2007)
  • Consultant and Board Member, International Civil Aviation English Association, USA (2005-present)
  • California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC), Bilingual Teacher Certification Working Group (2005-2006)

Professional Affiliations 

  • AAC&U
  • AAUP

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