Board of Directors

Charles Edmonson, President of Alfred University (retired)

Terry S. Galanis, Trustee of Alfred University

Laura Greyson, Trustee of Alfred University

Fang Hao, Vice President of CUG - Deputy Chairman

Changqian Ma, Dean of International Education School

Rick Stephens, Provost of Alfred University - Chairman

Lijun Zhang, Deputy Dean of International Education School

Partner Institute

China University of Geosciences, Wuhan, Hubei Province, China



Dr. Wilfred V. HuangDr. Wilfred V. Huang
Director of Confucius Institute at Alfred University and Professor Emeritus of Management Information Systems. Dr. Huang received his B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University, and received M.S. and Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from State University of New York at Buffalo. His research interest is e-business, systems modeling and entrepreneurship.



Chinese Director

Dr. Jijun Yu (Andy)
JijunYu (Andy) became the third Chinese director of CIAU in July, 2016. He was previously the associate dean at the School of Arts and Communication, the founding chair of the Department of Journalism and Communication, China University of Geosciences (Wuhan) (CUG). He has also been a visiting professor of the Bryant University, USA, and a visiting scholar at the University Of Manchester,U.K. Since1992, Andy has been teaching Chinese as a foreign language to international students. His research field is intercultural communication, literature and environmental studies. He has authored four books and over twenty scholarly papers. He has hosted more than twenty research projects and won three China's state level research awards and one state level teaching award.



Associate Director

Zhongbei(Daisy) Wu
Zhongbei (Daisy) Wu is an award-winning Guzheng (or Chinese Zither, a traditional Chinese instrument) artist. She is a member of Chinese Musicians Association, the Judge of National Guzheng Performance Level Examination of China. For her teaching achievements, she received two ‘National Awards of Excellence in Teaching’ in China. She began teaching in Alfred University in 2010, and she is now the Associate Director of the Confucius Institute at Alfred University, the Visiting Associate Professor of Music in the Performing Arts Center of Alfred University, and the Artistic Director of Alfred University Guzheng Ensemble. She has held more than 100 guzheng performance concerts and Chines music lectures in the US and in Canada.

Assistant Director

Susan Tsteere, Associate DirectorSusan Steere
Susan Steere studied Ceramic Science and Physics at Alfred University, received B.S.,B.A. and M.S. degrees. Since 1986, her career has centered around caring for her family and teaching her children at home. Thanks to her Latin-teacher mother, a college semester spent in Germany, and many friends from Asia, she has always had an interest in languages and cultures and in helping people from other countries. Now Susan feels honored to assist the faculty of the Confucius Institute with English translation.




Jinxiang (Linda) Chen
Jinxiang (Linda) Chen is an associate professor from Inner Mongolian Normal University. Since earning her Master’s degree in Chinese language, she has taught Chinese as a foreign language for eleven years and has built up a wealth of experience.




Ruijun (Mark) Duan
Ruijun (Mark) Duan is a lecturer from Jinhua Polytechnic. He received an M.A. degree from Zhejiang Normal University in 2012. His research interests are Cross-cultural Translation and Teaching English as a Foreign Language.






Lanfang (Haley) Gao

Lanfang (Haley) Gao is a Chinese language instructor from Beijing International Youth University. She graduated from BLCU (Beijing Language and Cultural University) with a major in English Linguistics. She worked as the Chinese language program director at IYU in Beijing and as the Chinese language instructor at Buena Vista University in Iowa. Haley is experienced in teaching the C hinese language at different levels and is passionate about language education.



Lili (Lily) Huang
Lili (Lily) Huang graduated from Harbin Normal University in 2005. She majored in National Vocal Music for four years. In 2009, she graduated from Harbin Normal University Institute of Media and gained a master’s degree in art. After that she began to teach at Harbin Finance University.


Jing Wu
Jing Wu is an instructor of the Confucius Institute at Alfred University and an associate professor at Wuhan Technical College. Prof. Wu received her B.S. in Scientific English from Shenyang University, and took M.S. course training in English Literature at Central China Normal University. Her research interest is Cross-cultural Communication, Translation, and English as a Foreign Language Teaching. Standard Mandarin Teaching. Mandarin Level Test.





Juan (Rita) Xu
Juan (Rita) Xu graduated from Central China Normal University in 2003 with a master's degree in English language and literature. In the same year, she joined the faculty of Central China Normal University. She has 12 years of experience in teaching college English. Her research interests are English linguistics, Cross-cultural communication, and Standard Mandarin Teaching.





Daqian (Eric) Yang
Daqian (Eric) Yang obtained his Bachelor of History from Tianjin Normal University in 2011. He engaged in Chinese teaching and other activities during his university studies. From 2011-2013, he worked as a volunteer lecturer at the Confucius Institute at the University of Nairobi in Kenya, Africa. He visited many places and tribes in Africa and climbed the summit of Mountain Kilimanjaro in 2012. In 2013, he worked in the International Office of Education and Chinese Language of Henan Province as a program officer. Daqian has had rich experiences and wide horizons. He is also good at playing the flute and at sports.


Yao (Lucy) Zhang
Yao (Lucy) Zhang is an instructor from the School of Economy and Management, China University of Geosciences. She received her M.B.A. degree from the Asian Institute of Technology majoring in International Business. She has been teaching courses in Management and International Business for foreign students and dual-language students at the University for seven years.




Suping (Emma) Wang


Suping (Emma) Wang is an associate professor from Heze University. She received her B.A. in Chinese education from Qufu Normal University and M.A. in Linguistics from Beijing Language and Culture University. She has 20 years of teaching experience in Chinese language and literature. She was a Chinese exchange teacher for the Confucius Institute at Alfred University from 2011-2014. In addition, she is a test controller in the National Mandarin Examination



Yuan Yuan


Yuan Yuan graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2012 with a Master’s degree in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). The next year, she joined the faculty of the First High School of Hunan Province, a well-known top high school in China. With her great efforts and excellent feedback from students and parents, she was named the “Best Teacher in the First High School of Hunan Province”. She has 4 years of experience in teaching English as a second language at the high school level, including TOEFL listening and speaking, and ACT science and reading. Her research interests are the development of intercultural communicative competence and critical literacy.



Xinzi Zheng


Xinzi Zheng is a teacher from Wuhan Pacific High School. As an undergraduate student, she majored in teaching Chinese as a foreign language at Huazhong University of Science and Technology. She then got her master's degree in education and international development at the Institute of Education, University College, London. Her research interests are educational leadership and teaching Chinese as a foreign language.



Mengwei (Vivian)


Mengwei (Vivian) Zhu graduated from Shanghai University in 2015 with a master’s degree in teaching Chinese as a foreign language. In 2013, she worked as the voluntary Chinese teacher at Bogazici University in Turkey. Her research interests are teaching Chinese as a foreign language and cross-cultural communication.



Yuchun (Rachel) Hu


Yuchun (Rachel) Hu is majoring in education as a postgraduate student at China University of Geosciences in Wuhan. She has been teaching for about two years; the teaching experiences she gained during her college studies have laid a solid foundation for her teaching skills. She enjoys singing Chinese folk songs, paper-cutting, and tying Chinese knots. She has made up her mind to devote her high spirit and passion for excellence as one of the volunteer teachers at CIAU.



Chaoying (Nicole) Wang


Chaoying (Nicole) Wang is a postgraduate student from the Beijing Language and Culture University, majoring in linguistics and applied linguistics. She has a term’s experience in working as a Chinese teacher at the Faculty of Preparatory Education of Beijing Language and Culture University. She is fond of Chinese calligraphy and cooking. With creativity and enthusiasm, she will do her best as a volunteer teacher at CIAU.



Yi (Amity) Xiang


Yi (Amity) Xiang is a postgraduate student from Minzu University of China, studying at the College of International Education. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree at Guangxi University and majored in teaching Chinese as a second language. From October 2013 to February 2014, she worked as a Chinese teacher in Thailand. From October 2015 to February 2016, she worked as a tutor at Minzu University of China. From March 2016 to May 2016, she taught expatriate students in a Chinese reading class and Tai Chi sword. She is fond of paper-cutting, Tai Chi sword, cooking Chinese food, singing, etc. She will try her best as a volunteer teacher at CIAU.



Chenchen (Lynn) Lin


Chenchen (Lynn) Lin is a graduate student from the Higher Education Research Institute at CUG in Wuhan, majoring in educational economy and management. She also earned a second bachelor's degree in English in HuaZhong University of Science and Technology. She has played erhu, a traditional stringed instrument, since she was six years old. In the last two years, she has given two lectures about Chinese folk music for foreign students, and as a member of an art delegation representing CUG, she performed in Confucius Institutes in Bulgaria, Romania and Serbia in 2014.



Mengjia (Merry) Zeng


Mengjia (Merry) Zeng is a postgraduate student from the School of Foreign Language at the China University of Geosciences (Wuhan), majoring in Translation and Interpreting. She earned her bachelor's degree in English Education at Wuhan Polytechnic University. She has taken a lot of activities as a volunteer. She loves to participate in charity activities and help people in need. She is in charge of news publicity at CIAU now.



Yonghuan (Anna) Zong


Yonghuan (Anna) Zong is a postgraduate student at the School of Foreign Language at the China University of Geosciences (CUG) in Wuhan, majoring in translation and interpreting. She engaged in language teaching during her university studies. She is interested in paper-cutting and Chinese calligraphy. In addition, she is familiar with the use of Word, Excel, and other office software. Being responsible and creative, she will try her best as a volunteer teacher at CIAU.