Director, Academic Advising

M.H.Ed.A., Higher Education Administration, J.F. Oberlin University

Norihisa Shimada joined GLA's academic advising team in December 2019. Before coming to GLA, he served as the Director for Academic Advising at Temple University, Japan Campus (TUJ), where he led their professional academic advising team and oversaw their academic advising operation for all undergraduate majors, approximately 1,200 students, for about ten (10) years. He also served as the Coordinator for Undergraduate Curriculum Development and led TUJ's initiative to collaborate with other institutions in Japan.

Shimada earned a B.A. in English Literature & Writing at SUNY Potsdam and a Master of Higher Education Administration at J.F. Oberlin University. In 2012, Temple University's Main Campus in Philadelphia, PA, USA, chose him for the Outstanding Advising Administrator Award.

As a well-known pioneer for academic advising in Japan's higher education, Shimada has given seminars and workshops regarding academic advising, academic administration at Higher Education, and relevant fields at many universities in Japan. To name a few, those universities include Nagoya University (national), Kanazawa University (national), Chiba University (national), Sophia University (private), Toyo University (private), Showa Women's University (private), Tokyo City University (private), and Musashi University (private).

In addition to his primary roles as GLA’s Director of Academic Advising, Shimada is also responsible to develop, coordinate, and host various training sessions and workshops on academic advising for other administrators at Ritsumeikan University.

In 2021-2022, Shimada served as a mentor for advisors at LaTrobe University, Melbourne, per a request from NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising.

In 2021, Shimada published an article “Academic Support and Advising: Historical and Contemporary Issues” as a part of an anthology titled “Handbook of Higher Education in Japan.”