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February 3, 2019

Dr. Elizabeth Moore, Chair


Department of Social Work
Gallaudet University
800 Florida Avenue, NE
Washington, DC, 20002

Dear Dr. Moore:

I am writing this letter in support of Kota Takayama’s application for promotion to Assistant
Professor in the Department of Social Work. I have had the good fortune to know Kota since
2014 in several capacities, but primarily as a generous supporter of activities in the Department
of Interpretation and Translation. He has supported our department by both accepting our
invitation to serve on a faculty Search Committee and by volunteering his time in our classes. In
my experience, Kota offers his expertise quickly and willingly to others. He gives of his own
time when there is a need.

I have reviewed Kota’s online portfolio and CV. Clearly his research, teaching, and service
accomplishments speak for themselves and can be assessed more fully by scholars in your
department. What his documents can’t convey however, is the positive and collegial attitude that
I’ve always experienced with Kota. To me, that is priceless.

I give my support to Kota Takayama’s application for promotion in your department.

Best regards,

Brenda Nicodemus
Professor
Department of Interpretation and Translation

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