Professor Mika Garard has been teaching courses in Communication at Santa Barbara City College for 17 years. Professor Garard was born and raised in Northern Japan and came to the United States as a Rotary Foundation Scholar to pursue her education. She holds a B.S. and M.S. in Speech Communication from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. While she was a graduate student, she worked at the International Student Office organizing workshops, field trips, and new international student orientations. Before she started teaching at SBCC, she worked as a Japanese-English translator at a Japanese-French joint-venture company in the Midwest. Professor Garard's study abroad experience was life-changing. She is looking forward to being a part of students’ educational experience in Japan
Professor Michael Stinson has been a full-time faculty member in the department of Film and Media Studies at SBCC for the past 17 years. During his tenure, he has directed seven international study programs and taught courses in screenwriting, film production, cinematography, directing, editing, and film history. Professor Stinson was awarded a Master of Fine Arts in Film and Television from U.C.L.A. and worked as a screenwriter for Warner Brothers, Paramount and Universal Studios. He is currently Co-Director of the Student Screenwriting and Filmmaking Competition at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Prior to film school, he lived and worked abroad for ten years as a photojournalist and was based in Japan for over six years.