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 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 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 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 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 (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 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 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 (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 (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 (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 (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 (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 Chinese Instructor
Wen Jia is from Nanjing Agricultural University and will teach Chinese language and culture for ESU #5 in Beatrice, NE.
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 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 Chinese Instructor
Guihua Zhan is from Xi'an Jiaotong University. She will teach Chinese language and culture at Lincoln Public Schools.
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 Chinese Instructor
Zhuanyun Yin is from Xi'an Jiaotong University. She will teach Chinese language and culture at Omaha Public Schools.
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 is a local part-time teacher. She teaches Chinese dance classes in Peter Kiewit Institute in Omaha.