Close to fulfilling a high school friend's vision that she would someday be teaching dolphins in Japan to sing, Pamela instead is introducing international students in New Zealand to the realm of human-animal interactions.
Pamela earned a BA in psychology and music from Luther College (Decorah, Iowa) and an MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and Language Program Administration (LPA) from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (California). She has taught ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) in Japan, California, and New Zealand.
Currently Pamela is a lecturer in the faculty of International Studies at IPU NZ Tertiary Institute in Palmerston North, where she teaches content-based ESOL courses in Anthrozoology: Human-Animal Interactions, Animal-Assisted Therapy/Activities and Service Animals, and Animals in the Media. She has also supervised final year students' interdisciplinary bachelor's theses on the following topics:
'To kill or not to kill,' this is a question - Comparative studies of the systems for dealing with unwanted pets in animal shelters in Japan and the United States. Mitsui, Y. (2006).
Motives in the study of animal communication. Iwasaki, M. (2009).
Extending the joy of the human-animal bond to the rest of the campus, Pamela has the pleasure of coordinating visits from Canine Friends Pet Therapy each term. When not engaged in human-animal endeavours, Pamela also teaches classes in English skills and Tourism, anddoes teacher training for the Trinity College London Certificate and Diploma in TESOL.
Relevant research projects
Working like a dog: Canines, colonialism, class, and the New Zealand economy. Postgraduate thesis. (2006).
Utilizing therapy dogs as a means of decreasing anxiety in the ESL classroom - a research proposal. (1998).
Exposure to therapy dogs as a means of increasing appropriate behavior in mentally retarded adults. Bachelor's thesis. (1992).
Relevant conference presentations
New Zealand’s economy has a tail wagging behind it. Sociological Association Aotearoa New Zealand (SAANZ) Conference, November 2009.
Literacy & Dogs: How Fido can improve the reading environment. Applied Linguistics Association of New Zealand (ALANZ) Conference, November 2007.