Study Abroad in China: Chinese Studies & Internship in Beijing – Faculty & Staff

Chinese Studies: Faculty

Because of its long history in China and establishment of a Wholly Foreign Owned Enterprise in Beijing, CET has the flexibility to independently manage all programmatic aspects, including faculty and host university relationships. Therefore, while instructors come from a variety of institutions around the city—Capital Normal University, Beijing University, Beijing Language & Culture University, Beijing Normal University, Beijing Institute of Education—they are all hired, managed and trained to teach in the program independently by CET.

Chinese language instructors have graduate degrees in Chinese or Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language. Area studies faculty typically hold, or are working towards, a PhD in the field of expertise. All instructors have experience teaching US undergraduates, either in the United States or at another US-managed study abroad program of similar caliber.

Chinese Studies: Staff

CET maintains full-time, bilingual staff at each of its study abroad locations. In Beijing, a team of three staff manage every facet of the Chinese Studies program.

The Academic Director oversees the area studies curriculum, manages faculty, monitors courses and helps accommodate specific student learning needs. The Chinese Language Coordinator oversees the language curriculum and faculty, and manages Chinese language classes. The Resident Director manages housing, local roommates, excursions and student acclimation, health and welfare. She is trained to prevent and handle student emergencies.

Staff Bios

David Moser, Academic Director

David Moser, Academic DirectorDavid Moser holds a Master’s and a PhD in Chinese Studies from the University of Michigan, with a major in Chinese linguistics and philosophy. His PhD dissertation Abstract Thinking and Thought in Early Chinese and Classical Greek won the Rackham Distinguished Dissertation Award in 1996. He has been a visiting scholar at Beijing University and a visiting professor for five years at the Beijing Foreign Studies University, where he taught courses in Translation Theory and Psycholinguistics. Dr. Moser has also worked as a program advisor, translator and host at China Central Television (CCTV) in Beijing. Since 1992, he has appeared frequently on Chinese TV as a foreign expert, host and occasional performer of a kind of Chinese stand-up comedy form called xiangsheng or “crosstalk.” He lives in Beijing with his wife, Lihua, and daughter, Leah, and regularly plays piano with various Beijing jazz groups.

Liu Fang, Chinese Language Coordinator

Liu FangLiu Fang received her Master’s in Applied Linguistics and Bachelor’s in Education from Beijing Normal University. While at CET, Liu Fang has taught at Intensive Chinese Language in Beijing, Chinese Studies & Internship in Beijing and (former) Hangzhou Immersion. She has also served as language instructor at Middlebury College. Liu Fang has acted as Chinese Language Coordinator at the CET Chinese Studies program since 2007.

Zuo Cui, Resident Director

Zuo Cui Resident DirectorA native of Shaanxi Province, Zuo Cui first joined CET as a Chinese roommate in 2004. She joined the staff of the Intensive Chinese Language in Beijing program in 2005, working there for five years in various capacities, including Office Manager and Assistant Resident Director. After a brief stint at the International Culture and Creativity Industrial Group in Beijing in 2010, she realized how much she missed working with CET students. She returned to CET as the Resident Director of the Chinese Studies & Internship in Beijing program, and intends to make International Education her life’s work. Having lived in Beijing for almost a decade, Zuo Cui is an excellent resource for students who want to learn more about Beijing life and culture. She enjoys helping all of her students immerse themselves in this fantastic city.

Chen Li, Administrative Assistant

Chen LiChen Li grew up in a beautiful mountain village on the border of Jiangxi and Hunan provinces. She graduated from Fujian University of Technology with a major in Journalism and Broadcast Media. She has been with CET since 2011, assisting in administrative work, as well as planning and overseeing student academic and extracurricular activities. Chen Li is an avid sports enthusiast and long-distance runner, and regularly competes in marathons.

Chinese Studies: Alumni

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Academic Advisory Board

CET maintains an advisory board of US-based scholars to oversee the curricula of two programs: Chinese Studies & Internship in Beijing and Chinese Studies & Internship in Shanghai. The Advisory Board meets annually to discuss courses and derive teaching standards. Board members visit the CET sites in order to evaluate programs and, when possible, teach courses.

Dr. Dorothy Borei
Professor Emerita of History, Guilford College

Dr. Rebecca Clothey
Assistant Professor, School of Education, Drexel University

Dr. Ken Hammond
Professor of History, New Mexico State University

Dr. Scott Kennedy
Associate Professor of Political Science, Director, Research Center for Chinese Politics and Business, Indiana University

Dr. Nancy Riley
Professor of Sociology, Bowdoin College

Dr. Helen Schneider
Associate Professor of History, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Dr. Yan Sun
Associate Professor of Art and Art History, Gettysburg College

Dr. Shu-Chin Tsui
Associate Professor of Asian Studies and Film Studies, Bowdoin College