Dr. Motoko Akiba is Department Chair and Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies. Her areas of research expertise are teacher policy and reform, teacher professional development, and comparative education policy. Dr. Akiba received her B.A. from the University of Tsukuba, Japan, and a dual-title Ph.D. in “Educational Theory & Policy” and “Comparative & International Education” from Pennsylvania State University-University Park in 2001. She also worked as a post-doc on a Lesson Study project at Mills College and a senior researcher at Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning (McREL) prior to taking a faculty position at the University of Missouri. She was a visiting scholar at National Taiwan Normal University and Beijing Normal University from 2010 to 2011. Dr. Akiba joined Florida State University in 2012.
Her book publications include International handbook of teacher quality and policy (Routledge/Taylor & Francis, 2018), Teacher reforms around the world (Emerald Books, 2013), and Improving teacher quality: The U.S. teaching force in global context (Teachers College Press, 2009). Her articles appear in journals including Educational Researcher, American Educational Research Journal, Education Policy, Educational Policy Analysis Archives, Teachers College Record, Comparative Education Review, and Compare on teacher policy topics such as professional development, compensation and performance-related pay, and multicultural teacher education.
Her research program has been funded by the National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Education, and AERA Grant Program. She is a recipient of NSF early career award grant, NSF DRK-12 grant, NAEP secondary analysis grant, and AERA dissertation and research grants.