Wayne State College

Dean of Arts and Humanities

Yasuko Taoka, Ph.D.

"The School of Arts and Humanities and Wayne State College provide students with unparalleled learning experiences. Our accomplished and dedicated faculty engage directly with students from day one and truly provide them with a high level of individual attention. Students also have access to state-of-the-art facilities and equipment, and get hands-on experience in the Nordstrand Gallery, the KWSC radio and TV stations, the Wayne Stater newspaper, and WSC Press. I am also particularly proud of our school’s relationships with the larger campus and Wayne communities: Our music ensembles and theater productions feature strong involvement from students across campus, and our very full roster of events, both on campus and off, gives us an opportunity to share the talents of students and faculty with the broader community."

About Dr. Taoka

Dr. Taoka began at Wayne State in the summer of 2017. Before that, she served as an associate professor of classics and as the chair of the Department of Languages, Cultures, and International Trade at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Ill., where she taught since 2007. 


Ph.D, 2007 - Ohio State University
M.A., 2003 - Ohio State University
B.A., 2001 - Grinnell College