Board of Director

Shuhan Wang, PhD, CELIN at Asia Society

Dr. Shuhan C. Wang (王周淑涵) is the President of ELE Consulting International, LLC; she is also the Project Director of the Chinese Early Language and Immersion Network (CELIN) at the Asia Society. Dr. Wang has held a variety of prominent positions in language education, including Deputy Director of the National Foreign Language Center (NFLC) at the University of Maryland and Co-Principal Investigator of the STARTALK Project. She was the Executive Director for Chinese Language Initiatives at the Asia Society and Education Associate for World Languages and International Education for the State of Delaware. Since 2012, she has been serving as an advisor to the Ministry of Education in Singapore on the Mother Tongue and Chinese Primary Curriculum Projects. She served on the boards of the Chinese Language Teacher Association, Foreign Language Annals, Joint National Committee for Languages, National Council of State Supervisors for Languages, National Council of Association of Chinese Language Schools, and Longview Foundation for World Affairs and International Understanding. Dr. Wang has provided consultations, program evaluations, curriculum, material, and assessment development, and professional development for schools, school districts, international schools, universities, and state governments, and the Sesame Workshop Mandarin Project. She has co-authored a number of textbooks, including Flying with Chinese, a series of standards-and performance-based learning system for K-6 learners and a high school textbook. She is co-editor of a series of CELIN Briefs published by the Asia Society. Her work has been published in books and peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Wang has two MAs, one in Communication from Ohio State University, and the other in Bilingualism and Teaching English as a Second Language from the University of Delaware. She received her PhD in Educational Linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania.

Mien-hwa Chiang, PhD, University of Pennsylvania

Mien-hwa Chiang is a senior lecturer in Foreign Languages in the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Pennsylvania. She joined Penn in year 2000 as the head of the Chinese Language Program (CLP), after teaching at Harvard University and Princeton University. As the Director of the CLP, she oversees daily operations of the Chinese Language Program, curriculum articulation and conducts teacher training at the beginning of each year. Dr. Chiang has been the Principal Investigator and Director of the STARTALK Penn High School Chinese Academy since 2006. Her STARTALK project duty includes the preparation of new proposals, admissions, quality of instruction and budget. She was elected the President of the Chinese Language Teachers Association in 2006. Her research areas cover Chinese linguistics, discourse analysis, business Chinese education and language teacher training. Dr. Chiang received an MA in General Linguistics from Ohio University, a second MA in Chinese pedagogy and holds a Ph.D. in Chinese Linguistics from the Ohio State University.

Xinyi Wu, PhD, Wharton Business School at University of Pennsylvania

Xinyi Wu is currently a lecturer in the Chinese Language and Culture Program at the Joseph H. Lauder Institute of Management & International Studies at University of Pennsylvania. Prior to joining the Lauder Institute, she was the Lead Instructor at the Chinese Flagship Center at Brigham Young University (BYU) and Assistant Professor at Defense Language Institute at Monterey, California. She is also a certified ACTFL OPI tester and a proficiency test developer. Her professional interests include intercultural and global competence, cross-cultural communication, international education, critical discourse analysis, language and identity, and language testing and assessment. She is specialized in teaching Chinese for special/professional purposes and content-based instruction. As a regular conference presenter, proposal reviewer, attendant, and occasional organizer, she also coordinates and holds language teacher training workshops. Her most recent book Educational Journeys, Struggles, and Ethnic Identity published by Springer addresses some issues concerning language and culture. Dr. Wu received her Ph.D. in Comparative and International Education from University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and M.Ed in Educational Leadership and Foundations from BYU.

Xueling Qu, M Ed, Philadelphia High School for Girls at The School District of Philadelphia

Xueling Qu has been teaching Chinese language and culture since 1996. Currently, she is a senior career teacher and the Chair of the World Language Department at the Philadelphia High School for Girls. She holds certificates of Chinese and French and has extensive experience teaching students at different ages and levels. She had also been actively engaged in designing curriculum and delivering courses for distance learning programs via television and classroom visits to K-6 students, and assisted with Chinese curriculum and Chinese benchmarks tests development for the School district of Philadelphia. As an experienced language teacher, regular conference attendant and sometimes presenter, Xueling Qu has been a mentor to young Chinese teachers. She received her MA in French Literature and MEd in Foreign Languages Pedagogy and Teaching Methodologies from Temple University.

Maiheng S. Dietrich, PhD, University of Pennsylvania

Maiheng Shen Dietrich is a senior lecturer in foreign languages in the department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the coordinator and chief instructor of Beginning Chinese. She has been actively involved in classroom instruction, curriculum design, new teacher training and action research since 1995. She has taught a wide range of courses, from language to literature in both Chinese and English. She has initiated and completed various curriculum and material development projects, including compiling a Chinese reader for literature courses, and co-authoring (serving as the lead author and editor) a textbook for beginning Chinese. A regular conference panel organizer and presenter, she has mentored many young instructors in this capacity. Since 2012 she has also served as instructor in several Startalk teachers programs. Her research interests include teaching methodology, pedagogical grammar, language and culture as well as language and literature. Maiheng S. Dietrich holds a MA in English language and literature and a PhD in Chinese language and literature from the University of Minnesota.

Kim Van Etten, MS Ed, Hempfield High School

Kim is currently a full time Mandarin Chinese teacher in Hempfield High School in Lancaster county, Pennsylvania. She has taught Chinese at Hempfield High School since 2011. Kim was one of the instructors for the Berks County Intermediate Unit’s Summer Chinese Academy for two summers. Her responsibilities for the summer Chinese Academy including curriculum planning and teaching for K-6. In the summer of 2012, she was involved with the very first Startalk student program in Berks County, and was the Lead instructor for the Berks County Startalk Student program for 5 years. Kim received her Bachelor degree in Music Education from Clearwater Christian College in Florida and taught music both in elementary and high school. After relocated to Pennsylvania, she obtained the teaching certificate of Pennsylvania both in Music and Chinese. Kim attended a Startalk Teacher Training Program that was held in the Pedagogy Institute in Indiana University, Indiana. She also has a Master of Science degree in Instructional Media from Wilkes University.

Wol A Kang, Swarthmore College

Wol A Kang is currently a Senior Lecturer in Chinese in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Swarthmore College. She graduated from Peking University with a Master of Arts degree in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language. Over the past 27 years, she has taught Chinese language classes at all college levels, collaboratively and independently, in the U.S., China, and Korea. Since 2013 she has served as the coordinator of the Swarthmore-EdUHK internship program, overseeing the curriculum and training plan design as well as the administration process for bringing to Swarthmore Chinese language teacher-interns from the Education University of Hong Kong. Her research is focused on Mandarin Chinese phonology and grammar as well as pedagogy. Another aspect of her research is on methods, interdisciplinary curriculum development, and effectiveness of incorporating interdisciplinary work in the teaching of Chinese, in order to collaborate with faculty across the college or university community.