Michael S. Fukuchi, Ph.D.

Professor of English

B.A., Chaminade University
M.A., Fordham University
M.A., Ph.D., University of Iowa

Hines Hall
mfukuchi@barton.edu | 800-345-4973 x6452

Dr. Michael Fukuchi has been teaching at Barton College since 1981.  Before coming to Wilson, he served as chair of the religion department at St. Philip Catholic Central High School in Battle Creek, Mich., for three years, after which time he returned to The University of Iowa to finish his doctoral studies in medieval English literature. Upon coming to Barton, he advised the student newspaper, The Collegiate, for five years and taught and advised students in the freshman advising program for 15 years.  He has taught courses in freshman composition, world literature, Asian literature, Chaucer, Middle English literature, Bible as literature, science fiction/fantasy literature and film, and advanced grammar and linguistics, as well as special courses on Arthurian legends, Anglo-Saxon literature, European mythology, and introduction to theater. He also conducted travel courses to Hawaii in 2002, Japan in 2009, and Europe in 2011.  In 2000 he received a National Endowment for the Humanities summer seminar grant for college and university teachers to study “Chaucer Ancient and Modern” at Penn State University.

Fukuchi contributed editorial comments to The Siege of Thebes by John Lydgate.  He has also provided editorial feedback for several freshman composition textbooks – Read, Reason, Write by Dorothy Seyler;  Patterns for a Purpose by Barbara Fine Clouse; Writing Matters by Rebecca Moore Howard; and Write Now by Daniel Anderson – as well as The Norton Anthology of World Masterpieces, sixth edition.  He has published papers on Old English gnomic poetry and New Testament literature and has presented a paper on the classic Japanese film, “The Harp of Burma: The Way of the Bodhisattva,” at the 2009 National Conference of the International Association of Asian Studies in Baton Rouge. He has also helped with the editing of various National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, nursing, social work, and Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges reports.

Fukuchi helped to create the first computer lab on campus.  He has worked with remedial students at Margaret Hearne Elementary School in Wilson, and has given presentations on Asian religions, cultures, and food at various public schools in eastern North Carolina.  In May 2010 and 2012, he worked with the first and second annual Barton College Merit Badge College for the Boy Scouts of America.  Fukuchi continues to serve as scholarship advisor for the Zeta Tau chapter of the Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity since its inception at Barton College in 1990.