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

 

Director

Dr. Wilfred V. HuangDr. Wilfred V. Huang
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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)
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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
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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
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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.



Instructors


Liping (Lucy) Ding
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Liping (Lucy) Ding graduated from Henan University, majoring in English. Her grades were excellent. She is interested in making Chinese knots, paper-cutting, and listening to music. She is skillful with computers. She loves to participate in charity activities and to help people in need. She has been teaching Chinese and English for more than three years. She really loves this job, and she gets along very well with children. Teaching students has been and will always be her passion. And she always believes that where there is a will, there is a way. Her research interests are Teaching English as a Foreign Language, Standard Mandarin Teaching and Cross-cultural Communication. She will try her best as a Chinese teacher at CIAU.


Wenfang (Doris) Gao
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Wenfang (Doris) Gao graduated from Yuncheng University in 2008 and has taught English as a second language in China for nine years. Over that time, Mrs. Gao has taught many students who had a strong desire for learning English. This strong desire and passion matched her own. Doris is energetic and fun-loving, with a great sense of humor. Your day will definitely be made better if you have a chance to spend time with Mrs. Gao.


Mengqi (Sharon) Gu
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Mengqi (Sharon) Gu was an undergraduate student at the College of Arts and Sciences of Sichuan Normal University, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in English in 2011. Since then, she’s been teaching high school English for six years. Teaching has given her the chance to make progress and the chance to share with students. With a passion for teaching, she is determined to be a good teacher at CIAU.


Haiyang (Hilary) Hu
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Haiyang (Hilary) Hu is an experienced English teacher in Junior High/ Middle School with a Master’s degree in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language from Beijing Language and Culture University. Her Mandarin Proficiency is level one. She has taught both in the northeast part of China and in Beijing. In 2011, she acquired the title of the first rank teacher. In 2016, she acquired a certificate for teachers of Chinese to speakers of other languages, and also in the same year she taught Chinese in Korea and Japan.


Guobao (Jack) Huo
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Guobao (Jack) Huo is an international Chinese teacher now serving at the Confucius Institute at Alfred University. He has a Master’s degree in Chinese Language and Literature. He taught Chinese language in Thailand and Indonesia from 2008 to 2012, and became very proficient. He has much experience in teaching Chinese – now more than sixteen years. Most of the foreign students trained by Mr. Huo have had bright futures: some of them have studied in Beijing for their Master’s degree in Chinese language, while others have found better jobs, such as a secretary at the Chinese embassy in Indonesia.


Xiaochao (Natasha) Tao
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Xiaochao (Natasha) Tao graduated from Jiangxi Normal University in 2000, majoring in teaching English. She obtained the degree of Master of Arts in Education Administration from Jiangxi Normal University in 2008. She has been teaching English in the middle school for 22 years. Every summer she joined in a training center of American classes in Nanchang, learn to teach English. Learning to be a professional teacher and researcher has been her aim. She has rich experience at being a head teacher. She is interested in Chinese literature and painting, and she will try her best to teach Mandarin and spread an appreciation for Chinese culture.


Na (Wanda) Wang
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Na (Wanda) Wang is a teacher of high school English from Bozhou No. 1 High School, Anhui Province. She graduated from Anhui Normal University with a Master’s degree in English language teaching. She has been teaching English at different levels of schools for more than twenty years and has been awarded “High School Specially-honored English Teacher” and many other honors for her excellent performance in teaching and professional growth.


Ping (Kevin) Wang
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Ping Wang is in his early thirties. Although quite young, he has been teaching Chinese in a high school for nine years. He has been working at No. 2 Middle School of Longxi since he graduated from Datong University in 2008. During his undergraduate study, his academic records were distinguished among the whole department. He was granted the First Class Prize every semester. As a teacher, he believes that interest is the best teacher, and he will try his best to raise the interest of the children in learning. He took part in the city high school language class quality competition and won first prize.


Suping (Emma) Wang
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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.


Yun (Katie) Wang
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Yun (Katie) Wang is an instructor from the School of Foreign Language of Liaoning Normal University. She received her degree from Northeast Normal University. She has been teaching English and Chinese for thirty years. She worked as a Chinese teacher for the Confucius Institute at Alfred University from 2011-2014.


Yang (Cherry) Yang
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Yang (Cherry) Yang is a Chinese teacher, having graduated from Yunnan University in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in Chinese language and literature. During university studies, she studied in Thailand at Valaya Alongkorn Rajabhat University as an exchange student for a month. After graduation, she joined the faculty of Baoshan No. 1 Middle School of Yunnan Province. She has three years of experience in teaching Chinese in the high school. With her great efforts and excellent feedback from students and parents, she got an award for excellent teaching quality from Baoshan No. 1 Middle School. Reading ten thousand books and traveling ten thousand miles is her pursuit. She tries not to become a person of success but rather to become a person of value.


Yuan Yuan
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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.


Baike (Helen) Zhang
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Baike (Helen) Zhang is an associate professor from the Foreign Languages School of Luoyang Institute of Science and Technology. She received her Master’s degree from Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics. She has been teaching English for fifteen years. In 2016, she received The First Nobel in Education System Teaching Skills Competition (Foreign Language), and was awarded the Henan Teaching Model. Her research interests are English language and literature, cross-cultural communication, and standard Mandarin teaching.


Yi (Joy) Zhang
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Yi (Joy) Zhang is a professional Chinese teacher. She earned her master’s degree in Chinese language and culture in 2004. Then, she became a Chinese teacher in Chengdu No. 7 Middle School, which is among the top ten most famous middle schools of China. She believes that as a teacher, professional quality should come first: a teacher with strong professional quality can instruct students more effectively and win students’ respect.


Mengwei (Vivian) Zhu
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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.


Yulong (Charles) Chen
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Yulong (Charles) Chen is a postgraduate student at the School of Foreign Language at the China University of Geosciences (CUG) in Wuhan, majoring in translation and interpreting. He’s been engaged in graphic design since his undergraduate days, exceling in Photoshop, InDesign, Premiere, and Illustrator. He is also professional in interpreting and translator.


Tianyi (Cassie) Cui
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Tianyi (Cassie) Cui is a postgraduate student, majoring in translation and interpreting at the China University of Geosciences (CUG) in Wuhan. She worked as secretarial assistant at the school of foreign language of CUG for one year, and she is adept at Chinese dance.


Menglin (Niki) Tong
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Menglin (Niki) Tong is a postgraduate student majoring in Foreign Language Teaching at the School of Foreign Language at the China University of Geosciences (CUG) in Wuhan. She started to play piano when she was five years old, and she plays cucurbit flute as well.


Wenlin (Iris) Yi
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Wenlin (Iris) Yi 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 earned her bachelor's degree in English Education at Huanggang Normal University. She is interested in Chinese calligraphy and Chinese brush painting. With creativity and enthusiasm, she will try her best as a volunteer teacher at CIAU.