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.
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 Professor 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 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 Program Coordinator, UNL
Lei Shi's general responsibilities include assisting the Director and Associate Director to promote and develop the Chinese language and culture programs, and to provide overall program support; maintaining good communication with all personnel involved, 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.
Mikki Sandin Office Associate, UNL
Mikki Sandin'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.
Mei Li Keith Chinese Instructor
Mei Li Keith is currently President of the Omaha Chinese Culture Association and also teaches Chinese language and culture for the Institute at University of Nebraska at Omaha and Bellevue University in Bellevue, Nebraska.
Xiaoning(Charlene) Zhang Chinese Instructor
Xiaoning Zhang is from Xi’an Polytechnic University and has worked in Thailand for 1 year as a Hanban teacher and a PhD of Ancient Chinese Literature. She teaches Chinese language and culture for Southeast Community College and the Institute in Lincoln.
Office: W205.7 Nebraska Hall
Xiaoxi (Sissi) Che Chinese Instructor
Xiaoxi Che is from Weifang College of education and teaches Chinese language and culture for ESU #5 in Beatrice, Nebraska.
Rong (Rose) Lu Chinese Instructor
Rong Lu is from School of International Education at Xi'an Jiaotong University and teaches Chinese language and culture for Scottsbluff Public School.
Liqing (Jessie) Guo Chinese Instructor
Liqing Guo is from Xi'an Jiaotong University and teaches Chinese language and culture classes for the Institute in Lincoln.
Office: W205.5 Nebraska Hall
Suoqin Wei is from Wuhan East Lake Development Zone Education and Development Research Institute. She teaches Chinese language and culture for ESU #5 in Beatrice, Nebraska.
Chinese Instructor & Music Instructor
Rui Liang is from Humanities and Social Sciences College of Xi'an Jiaotong University. Rui teaches courses in Chinese language and traditional music for the UNL Confucius Institute in Lincoln.
Fang (Anna) Tan
Fang Tan is from School of International Education at Xi’an Jiaotong University and teaches Chinese language and culture for Goodrich Middle School.
Haihong Jiang is from Creighton School of Medicine, Creighton University. He teaches Chinese calligraphy and painting during his spare time at the Confucius Institute classes at PKI on the UNO campus.
Lianmei Hu Chinese Instructor
Lianmei Hu is from Huanghai Vocational College and has worked two years in South America as a Hanban teacher. She teaches Chinese language and culture in Omaha Public Schools.
Zhuanyun Yin Chinese Instructor
Zhuanyun Yin is from Xi'an Jiaotong University. She teaches Chinese language and culture at Omaha Public Schools.
Yanping (Hunter) Shen Chinese Instructor
Yanping Shen is from Xi'an Jiaotong University. He teaches Chinese language and culture at Scottsbluff Public Schools.
Weidong is a local part-time teacher. She teaches Chinese dance classes at the Peter Kiewit Institute in Omaha.