Charles Wood

Charles Wood Director, UNL

Office: Nebraska Hall W205.2


Phone: (402)472-5371

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.

Pingan Huang Associate Director, Xi'an Jiaotong University

Office: Nebraska Hall W205.4


Phone: (402)472-5369

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

Christopher C. Heselton

Associate Director, UNL

Office: Nebraska Hall W205.1


Phone: (402)472-4024

Dr. Christopher Heselton recieved his B.A. in Chinese linguistics and East Asian history from the University of Maryland, College Park, and his M.A. and PhD. in Chinese history and world history from the University of California, Irvine. His research interest focuses on post-war reconstruction after the Taiping Civil War, political economy, historical philosophies and understandings of state power, the interactions between popular and state narratives of war, war and memory, millenarian religious movements, and global comparative history in the early modern period. He is fluent in Chinese, classical Chinese, and Spanish, and has lived in Beijing for many years.

As a representative from the American partner, University of Nebraska - Lincoln, and Associate Director for the UNL Confucius Institute Dr. Heselton is responsible for the day to day management of the institute's work and public engagement. In particular, he works with the Director in organizing Chinese culture activities that work to educate the public about China and developing programs that interact with the academic community at UNL. 

Pamela SnyderOffice Associate, UNL

Office: Nebraska Hall W205


Phone: (402)472-5370

Pamela Snyder'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.


Yanping Shen


School of Instruction: Scottsbluff High School


Ms. Ni recieved her BA in communications from Shanghai International Studies University and her MA in Educational Management from the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom. She has taught English for many years at the International Foundation Program at Renmin University, where she also frequented many British Universities to train ESL teachers. Ni now teaches Chinese with the Confucius Institute at Bluffs Middle School in Scottsbluff, Nebraska.

Yanping Shen


School of Instruction: Bluffs Middle School


Professor Yanping Shen recieved his BA from Xi'an Jiaotong University in English and recieved his MA in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages (TCSOL) from Northwestern University in China. Professor Shen has been teaching Chinese at Xi'an Jiaotong University in the School of International Education since 2006. Currently, he teaches Chinese language and culture at Scottsbluff High Schools.

Zhuanyun Yin


School of Instruction: Omaha Central High School


Phone: (402) 557-3300 ext. 3317125

Professor Zhuanyun Yin recieved her BA in English Language and Literature at Shanxi University and MA from Xi'an Foreign language Institute. She has taught English, translation, and American culture at Xi'an Jiaotong University for over two decades. She was also a visiting scholar at the University of Wyoming. Currently, she teaches Chinese language and culture at Omaha Central High School.

Yanping Shen


School of Instruction: Crestridge Elementary School


Ms. Zheng recieved her BA in Journalism and MA in Teaching Chinese as a Second Language from Jilin University. She has worked as a journalist for CCTV and local television stations in China, and later taught with the Confucius Institute, working in Korea and Thailand. Currently, she is teaching at Crestridge Elementary School, a magnet school in the Omaha Public School system, where she teaches students about Chinese culture and language. 

Yanping Shen


School of Instruction: Goodrich Middle School


Ms. Zhong recieved her BA in English and MA in education at Northeast Normal University in China. She has taught ESL at Changchun Foreign Languages School in Jilin Province for over a decade, and now currently teaches with the Confucius Institute at Goodrich Middle School in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Yanping Shen


School of Instruction: Educational Service Unit No. 5


Ms. Zhang recieved her BA in education from Hebei Normal University and her MA in literature from Beijing Jiaotong University. She taught for many years at Cangzhou Middle School in Cangzhou, Hebei province. Later, she taught at Beijing No. 125 Middle School. Currently, she is teaching Chinese through the distance learning program at the Educational Service Unit No.5 based out of Beatrice, Nebraska, where she served five public school districts in the state of Nebraska.

Liqing Guo

Liqing "Jessie" Guo Chinese Instructor

Office: Nebraska Hall W205.5


Phone: (402)472-5356

Liqing Guo is from Xi'an Jiaotong University and teaches Chinese language at Southeast Community College.

Rui Liang

Rui Liang

Office: Nebraska Hall W207.1


Phone: (402)472-6696

Rui Liang is from the College of Humanities and Social Sciences of Xi'an Jiaotong University. Rui teaches courses in Chinese language and traditional music for the UNL Confucius Institute in Lincoln.

Haihong Jiang

Haihong Jiang
Chinese Instructor

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.