Board of Directors

Beth Ann Dobie, Provost of Alfred University - Chair

Charles Edmonson, President Emeritus of Alfred University

Terry S. Galanis, Trustee of Alfred University

Laura Greyson, Trustee of Alfred University

Wilfred Huang, Professor Emeritus and Retired CIAU Director

Xulong Lai, Vice President of CUG - Deputy Chair

Yiqun Gan, Dean of International Education School, CUG

Lijun Zhang, Deputy Dean of International Education School, CUG

Partner Institute

China University of Geosciences, Wuhan, Hubei Province, China

 

Director

Zhongbei (Daisy) Wu profile pictureZhongbei (Daisy) Wu
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Zhongbei (Daisy) Wu is an award-winning Guzheng (a traditional Chinese instrument) artist and Visiting Associate Professor of Music in Alfred University. She received her B.A. in Hunan Normal University and her M.A. at the Graduate School of Chinese National Academy of Arts. Her research interest is Musicology, Music Education and Ethnomusicology. She has been teaching Chinese music and Guzheng courses in the Performing Arts Division of Alfred University for 10 years. She is the founder and artistic director of Alfred University Guzheng Ensemble, and she is the judge of New York Chinese Musical Instruments International Competition. She has held hundreds of concerts and lectures in China, U.S. and Canada, including China Central TV Station in Beijing, Carnegie Hall in New York, the National Press Club in Washington DC, and the United Nations Headquarters.

Assistant Director

Susan Steere profile pictureSusan Steere
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Susan Steere studied Ceramic Science and Physics at Alfred University, receiving 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. Now that they have finished high school, she teaches mathematics at Alfred State College and is active in the Almond 20th Century Club, which provides a public library for the community and other civic groups. 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. Susan feels honored to assist the faculty of the Confucius Institute with English translation.

Visiting Research Scholar

Tao Peng profile pictureTao Peng
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Tao Peng is a Visiting Research Scholar at College of Liberal Arts & Sciences and the Confucius Institute at Alfred University. He was Professor of Law and Director of Legal Affairs and at China University of Geosciences for 4 years. He got his PHD of Civil Law in 2008.He has had rich international experiences, having been a visiting scholar at Warsaw University (2000), Michigan State University (2004), Alfred University (2013). His research interests include law and global study, focusing on comparative studies of the legal aspect of higher education.

Visiting Professors

Yun (Katie) Wang profile pictureYun (Katie) Wang
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Yun (Katie) Wang is a visiting professor teaching Chinese language courses at Division of Modern Languages of Alfred University. She was an instructor in the Foreign Languages School of Liaoning Normal University. She received her degree from Northeast Normal University in Jilin Province. She has been teaching both English and Chinese for thirty years.

Qian (Lucy) Liu profile pictureQian (Lucy) Liu
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Qian (Lucy) Liu is a visiting professor teaching Chinese language courses at Division of Modern Languages of Alfred University. She is from Qingdao University in Shandong Provence China. She got her PHD from Renmin University of China, majoring in Linguistics and Applied Linguistics, as well as Modern Chinese Grammar and teaching Chinese as a second language. She is good at calligraphy, traditional Chinese painting and singing.

Visiting Teachers

Na (Wanda) Wang profile pictureNa (Wanda) Wang
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Na (Wanda) Wang is a visiting teacher working for the Dual Language Program in Geneva City School District (Geneva, NY). She is teaching Chinese in Geneva High School in 2020-2021, and in the 3rd Grade Mandarin Immersion Teaching Program during 2019-2020 school year. She got her Master degree in Anhui Normal University majoring in English Education and worked as a teacher of English in Bozhou No. 1 High School, Anhui Province from 2004 to 2017. She loves paper-cutting and Chinese calligraphy.

Xiaochao (Natasha) Tao profile pictureXiaochao (Natasha) Tao
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Xiaochao (Natasha) Tao is a visiting teacher working for the Dual Language Program at North Street School in Geneva City School District (Geneva, NY). She was teaching Mandarin inRochester Bishop Kearney High Scholl for two years and In Rochester Northstar Christian Academy for one year from 2017-2020. She has obtained her Master's Degree of Arts in Education Administration from Jiangxi Normal University in 2008. She has previously taught at Nanchang Xinjian District No. 5 Middle School in China for 22 years. She is interested in Chinese literature and painting.

Yanping (Lena) Chen profile pictureYanping (Lena) Chen
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Yanping (Lena) Chen is a visiting teacher teaching Mandarin classes at North Street School in Geneva City School District (Geneva, NY). She had taught English at Linquan No.1 High School, Anhui Provinceļ¼ŒChina for 8 years. She is always curious about everything in the wonderful world. She is energetic, out-going, hard-working and optimistic person who loves travelling, running, playing the cucurbit flute and paper-cutting.

Jing (Kay) Kang profile pictureJing (Kay) Kang
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Jing Kang is a visiting teacher teaching Mandarin classes at North Street School in Geneva City School District (Geneva, NY). She earned her master's degree from the School of International Studies of Southwest University in China. She has taught English for three years in China. She loves sports and calligraphy.

Wenfang (Doris) Gao profile pictureWenfang (Doris) Gao
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Wenfang (Doris) Gao has been teaching Mandarin at Northstar Christian Academy (Rochester, NY) as a visiting teacher since 2017. She graduated from Yuncheng University, China, in 2008. Ms. Gao has taught English as a second language for nine years in China. After three years of working for Northstar and with her passion and personal international experience, Ms. Gao is working with international students to get comfortable in American culture. She also teaches ESL. She loves teaching and working with students.

Dandan (Danielle) Yang profile pictureDandan (Danielle) Yang
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Dandan (Danielle) Yang is a visiting teacher teaching Mandarin at Northstar Christian Academy in Rochester, (Rochester, NY) since 2019. She graduated from Fujian Normal University, China, in 2014. She has taught at Fuzhou No. 25 Middle School in Fujian Province since 2014. She loves calligraphy, traditional Chinese operas and engraving, etc.

Ping (Kevin) Wang profile picturePing (Kevin) Wang
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Ping (Kevin) Wang is a visiting teacher and currently teaching Mandarin at Gillette Road Middle School in North Syracuse Central School District, (North Syracuse, NY). Since graduating from Datong University in 2008, he has been taught Chinese classes at Longxi No. 2 Middle School in China.

Chuyue (Avril) Zhang profile pictureChuyue (Avril) Zhang
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Chuyue (Avril) Zhang is a visiting Mandarin teacher for Roxboro Road Middle School in North Syracuse Central School District, (North Syracuse, NY) and North Street School in Geneva City School District (Geneva, NY). She has been an English teacher for 13 years in No.2 Senior High School of Liaohe Oilfield, Panjin, Liaoning province. She loves calligraphy, drawing, dancing.