Who We Are

Chen Jianguo

Dr. Jianguo Chen
Director
Dr. Chen is an associate professor of Chinese studies and founding director of the Chinese program at the University of Delaware as well as director of the US Department of State’s NSLIY Summer Institute in China. Jianguo Chen received his Ph.D. in Chinese and comparative literary studies from the University of California at Davis. His research interests include Chinese cultural studies, Chinese film studies, translation, contemporary Chinese society, modern Chinese literature, the 20th-century Chinese fiction, comparative literature and theory. Jianguo Chen authored and co-authored several books, including The Aesthetics of the BeyondPhantasmNostalgia, and Literary Practice in Contemporary China (the University of Delaware Press, 2009) and Teaching and Learning Chinese: Issues and Perspectives (New Age Information, Inc., 2010). He is a contributing editor of Encyclopedia of Modern China (Thomson Gale, 2009). He has published many chapters in books, including Images of Robin HoodAspects of DiasporaStudies on North American Chinese WritersLiterature as Cultural Memory; and Teaching and Learning Chinese: Issues and Perspectives. In addition, Jianguo Chen also published many peer review journal articles in the leading scholarly journals such as Modern Chinese Literature and CultureComparative Literature StudiesAmerican Journal of Chinese StudiesTamkiang ReviewChinese Culture, and Social Sciences. He also wrote dozens book reviews and reviewed many manuscripts for scholarly presses and journals. Among the many honors and grants he received were the federal grants from the US Department of State, a total of more than $1.5 million, and university research grants from the University of Delaware.
  Ms. Carrie Fang
Program Manager
Ms. Fang manages programs, personnel, accounting and public relations at the Confucius Institute at UD. Ms. Fang has more than twelve years of experience working in the education management field. She is now the principal of Delaware Chun Hui Chinese School and was previously the vice principal of Tucson Chinese School in Tucson, Arizona. She is an alumna of the University of Delaware (MBA), the University of Arizona (MA), and Tianjin University in China.
  Ms. Junli Gao
Visiting Scholar
Ms. Gao received her master’s degree in English and American Literature from Jiangsu Normal University and has eight years of language teaching and research experience in China. She is a certified Chinese teacher to speakers of other languages. She has taught Chinese to overseas students at Yancheng Institute of Technology in Jiangsu Province since 2015 before joining the UDCI. Her research interests include vocabulary acquisition, teaching methodology as well as individual differences.
  Mr. Libao Xia
Visiting Scholar
Mr. Libao Xia graduated from Harbin Normal University with a major in Chinese language and literature education. He taught in high school for more than ten years before he shifted his career to teaching Mandarin as a second language in 2005. Mr. Xia spent the next decade teaching in Renmin University of China as well as a private school in Beijing. From 2014 to 2016, he taught Chinese in Dubai Repton School and Dubai College in the United Arab Emirates.  Mr. Xia co-authored a Mandarin textbook, Beautiful Bridge, that was published by the Beijing Language and Culture University Press in 2012. His research interests include bilingualism; immersion vs non-immersion; all issues relating to foreign language teaching and learning.
  Ms. Li Liu
Visiting Scholar
  Ms. Fangping Chen
US Teacher: Chinese Language
  Miss Evangelista Barylski
Student Assistant 
  Miss Leanne Voshell
Student Assistant 

 

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