Personnel

Charles Wood

Charles Wood Director, UNL

Dr. Charles Wood's major responsibility is to work with the Chancellor, the Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, deans and directors to set a direction for the Confucius Institute that meets its mission and university standards of excellence. As Director, Dr. Wood represents the program and university on a local, national and international level.

Dr. Wood works collaboratively with the Chancellor's Office in developing the budget for the Institute; and the faculties of all colleges and support units of the university in developing programs for the Confucius Institute. As director, Dr. Wood also supervises all staff employed by the Institute.

In addition to Director of UNL Confucius Institute, Dr. Wood is the Lewis Lehr/3M University Distinguished Professor of Biological Sciences and Biochemist. He was recruited to head the Lewis Lehr program in genetics and is the founding director of the Nebraska center for Virology in 2000. A Regent's designated Center of Excellence, the Center links virologists at Nebraska's three major biomedical institutions and conducts research on plants, animals and human viruses. Dr. Wood earned his Ph.D. in Microbiology from Columbia University, and did his postdoctoral work at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has been a faculty at the University of Kansas and University of Miami before joining the UNL faculty in 1996.

Rachel Zeng

Rachel Zeng Associate Director, UNL

Dr. Rachel Zeng is responsible for daily managerial and operational duties of the Confucius Institute. Serve as liaison between Hanban / Confucius Institute Headquarters and the Confucius Institute's Chinese language and culture staff and its target audiences. Assist the language and culture staff in the development, implementation, and marketing of appropriate non-credit language and culture programming. Work with the Director of the Confucius Institute as needed to support and solidify partnerships and educational initiatives with the University.

Ruiying Yang

Ruiying Yang Associate Director, Xi'an Jiaotong University

As a representative from the Chinese partner - Xi'an Jiaotong University and Associate Director for the UNL Confucius Institute, Prof. Yang's major responsibility is to assist the Director in planning and operation of the Institute. In particular, Prof. Yang is responsible for Chinese language teaching activities which include designing the curriculum and syllabi, selecting teaching materials and methods, and teaching quality supervision. She also works with the Director and Executive Associate Director in organizing Chinese culture activities, submitting program application and activity reports to the Office of Chinese Language Council International (Hanban), and promoting exchanges between China and the State of Nebraska.

Lei Shi

Lei Shi Program Coordinator, UNL

Lei Shi's general responsibilities include assisting the Director and Associate Directors to promote and develop the Chinese language and culture programs, and to provide overall program support; maintaining good communications with all personnel involved in, and monitoring the status of all ongoing programs statewide; collecting feedback from students, teachers, and other educators and administrators; facilitating the setting up of new programs and scheduling major cultural activities for the Institute; assisting new Chinese teachers and scholars to enter the USA to teach or give lectures; and coordinating meetings of UNL-CI staff and outside people and organizations.

Angela Rystrom

Angela Rystrom Office Associate, UNL

Angela Rystrom's general responsibilities include assisting the Director and Associate Directors with various administrative duties; assist in planning and organizing activities; and general office management for the Institute.

LEI LIU

Lei (Annabelle) Liu Chinese Instructor

Lei Liu is a lecturer from International Education Center at Ocean University of China in Qingdao, China who teaches Chinese language and culture classes for the Institute in Lincoln, NE.

Office: W205.5 Nebraska Hall

Mei Keith

Mei Li Keith Chinese Instructor

Mei Li Keith is current President of Omaha Chinese Culture Association who teaches Chinese language and culture for the Institute at University of Nebraska at Omaha and Bellevue University in Nebraska.

Bo (Robert) Liu

Bo (Robert) Liu Chinese Instructor

Bo Liu is from Liao Cheng University and teaches Chinese language and culture for Lincoln Public Schools.

Office: W207.1 Nebraska Hall

Zhenqiao Yang

Zhenqiao (Julia) Yang Chinese Instructor

Zhenqiao Yang is from Guangdong University of Foreign Studies and will teach Chinese language and culture for Lincoln Public Schools.

Office: W205.7 Nebraska Hall

Xiaoxi Che

Xiaoxi (Sissi) Che Chinese Instructor

Xiaoxi Che is from Weifang College of education and will teach Chinese language and culture for North Platte Public School.

Rong Lu

Rong (Rose) Lu Chinese Instructor

Rong Lu is from School of International Education at Xi'an Jiaotong University and will teach Chinese language and culture for Scottsbluff Public School.

Liqing Guo

Liqing (Jessie) Guo Chinese Instructor

Liqing Guo is from Xi'an Jiaotong University and will teach Chinese language and culture classes for the Institute in Lincoln.

Office: W205.5 Nebraska Hall

Xinyu Li

Xinyu (Caroline) Li Chinese Instructor

Xinyu Li is a lecturer from School of International Education at Xi'an Jiaotong University and will teach Chinese language and culture for ESU #5 in Beatrice, NE.

Wen Jia

Wen Jia Chinese Instructor

Wen Jia is from Nanjing Agricultural University and will teach Chinese language and culture for ESU #5 in Beatrice, NE.

Yanqiu Xu

Yanqiu (Autumn) Xu

Autumn is a music teacher.  She has a master's degree in Music Education from Harbin Normal University and taught Chinese in Russia.  Most recently Autumn worked at Normal College at Dalian University in China.  She will teach singing classes to children on Sunday afternoons.

Lianmei Hu

Lianmei Hu Chinese Instructor

Lianmei Hu is from Huanghai Vocational College and has worked two years in South America as a Hanban teacher.  She will teach Chinese language and culture in Omaha Public Schools.

Guihua Zhan

Guihua Zhan Chinese Instructor

Guihua Zhan is from Xi'an Jiaotong University. She will teach Chinese language and culture at Lincoln Public Schools.

Lihua Xu

Lihua Xu Chinese Instructor

Lihua Xu is from Xi'an Jiaotong University.  She will teach Chinese language and culture at Lincoln Public Schools.

Zhuanyun Yin

Zhuanyun Yin Chinese Instructor

Zhuanyun Yin is from Xi'an Jiaotong University.  She will teach Chinese language and culture at Omaha Public Schools.

Yanping Shen

Yanping (Hunter) Shen Chinese Instructor

Yanping Shen is from Xi'an Jiaotong University.  He will teach Chinese language and culture at Scottsbluff Public Schools.

Weidong Zeng

Weidong is a local part-time teacher.  She teaches Chinese dance classes in Peter Kiewit Institute in Omaha.