Senior Lecturer of Japanese Studies
2346 Dunford Hall
Megumu (Meg) Burress found an interest in foreign language acquisition and study abroad when she began learning English in junior high school in Japan. She pursued her interests by traveling to the United States where she attended the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and completed her Master's degrees in Foreign Language Education and in Educational Psychology. She later earned a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and Research, with her dissertation entitled A story of change: Adult learners’ experiences of questioning their beliefs and assumptions in a graduate course in Reflective Practice.
Meg’s teaching career began during her graduate studies. She received the Chancellor’s Extraordinary Graduate Teaching Award in 2013 and has been teaching Japanese at UT ever since. Meg enjoys seeing students learn, grow, and engage in their life interests. In her spare time, she likes to read, travel, and spend time with her family.