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  • Dr. Motoko Akiba


    1204E Stone Building

    (850) 644-5553

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  • Dr. Motoko Akiba is a Professor of Education Policy 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.

    She published a book, Improving Teacher Quality: The U.S. Teaching Force in Global Context (Teachers College Press, 2009) and edited three books: Teacher Reforms Around the World (Emerald Books, 2013), The Global and the Local: Diverse Perspectives in Comparative Education (Sense Publishers, 2016), and International Handbook of Teacher Quality and Policy (Routledge/Taylor & Francis, 2018). 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.

    Dr. Akiba is serving as an Associate Editor of Educational Researcher from 2012 to 2018. 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 the NSF early career award grant, NAEP secondary analysis grant, and AERA dissertation and research grants. Dr. Akiba is currently leading a three-year project, “Identifying an Effective and Scalable Model of Lesson Study,” funded by the National Science Foundation Discovery K-12 Program.

    Dr. Akiba teaches Teacher Policy and Reform and Survey Research Methods.