Personnel

Charles Wood

Charles Wood Director, UNL

Office: Nebraska Hall W205.2

E-mail: cwood1@unl.edu

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

E-mail: phuang2@unl.edu

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

E-mail: christopher.heselton@unl.edu

Phone: (402)472-5045

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. 

Cecilia Kracl

Cecilia KraclOffice Associate, UNL

Office: Nebraska Hall W205

E-mail: cecilia.kracl@unl.edu

Phone: (402)472-5370

Cecilia Kracl'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.

Instructors

Yanping Shen

Jin "Jenny" NiCHINESE INSTRUCTOR

School of Instruction: Scottsbluff High School

E-mail: jni@sbps.net

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. Since 2016, Ni has taught Chinese with the Confucius Institute at Scottsbluff High School in Scottsbluff, Nebraska.

Yanping Shen

Cheng "Steven" YangCHINESE INSTRUCTOR

School of Instruction: Bluffs Middle School

E-mail: cyang@sbps.net

Yang recieved his BA from Northwest University in Chinese linguistics. He has taught Chinese at Xi'an Jiaotong University Affiliated Middle School since 2005, and is certified to teach Chinese as a foreign language. He is also an accomplished calligrapher and has published a collection of his writings called The Hermit of Chang'an (forthcoming). Currently, he teaches Chinese language and culture at Bluffs Middle Schools in Scottsbluff, NE.

Yanping Shen

Li Wang

CHINESE INSTRUCTOR

School of Instruction: Omaha Central High School

E-mail: li.wang2@ops.org

Wang recieved her BA in English Language at Northeast Normal University. Since 2001 she has taught English at Changchun Foreign Language School, an elite secondary school for foreign language education in China. Currently, she teaches Chinese as a second language at Omaha Central High School.

Yanping Shen

Bowen ZhengCHINESE INSTRUCTOR

School of Instruction: Crestridge Elementary School

E-mail: bowen.zheng@ops.org

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

Aizhen Zhang
CHINESE INSTRUCTOR

School of Instruction: Goodrich Middle School

E-mail: aizhen.zhang@lps.org

Ms. Zhang recieved her BA in English and International Trade from Harbin Institute of Technology and MA in Chinese-as-a-second-language from Shandong University. She has taught Chinese as a foreign language at Xi'ang Jiaotong University, School of International Education since 2013. She also spent two years in Thailand teaching Chinese Lampang Rajabhat University and Mar Fah Luang University. She now teaches Chinese with the Confucius Institute at Goodrich Middle School in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Yanping Shen

Yuqian SunCHINESE INSTRUCTOR

School of Instruction: Educational Service Unit No. 5

E-mail: learnchinese5@esu5.org

Ms. Sun recieved her BA and MA in Chinese literature from Northwest University. From 1997 to 2002, she taught Chinese as a foreign language at Xi'an Jiaotong University. Since 2004, she has taught Chinese literature at Xi'an Jiaotong University. She also taught in Korea for a year (2003-2004), and served as the vice-chair (2010-2015) and chair (2015-2017) of the Chinese language at Xi'ang Jiaotong University. She has published two research manuscripts and a hots of articles.  Currently, she is teaching Chinese through the distance learning program at the Educational Service Unit No.5 based out of Beatrice, Nebraska.

Yanping Shen

Jiabin ZhangCHINESE INSTRUCTOR

School of Instruction: Educational Service Unit No. 5

E-mail: learnchinese@esu5.org

Zhang recieved his BA in ESL from Shandong University, and has taught English at Laiwu No 1. High School since 2006. As a teacher for many years, he recieved a number of awards for teaching and incorporating technology in the classroom. He now teaches distance learning Chinese classes at ESU5 in Beatrice, NE, reaching students in Grand Island, Beatrice, and Deshler High Schools.

Liqing Guo

Yani ZhangChinese Instructor

Office: Nebraska Hall W205.5

E-mail: yzhang144@unl.edu

Phone: (402)472-5356

Zhang graduated with a BA in Chinese-as-a-second-language Education from Jinzhong University and an MA in Chinese International Education from Ludong University. She taught for one year at Xiazhuang Middle School and taught Chinese in Korea for one year. She currently teaches Confucius Institute community classes and Chinese language at Southeast Community College.

Rui Liang

Qin Li
CHINESE INSTRUCTOR

Office: Nebraska Hall W205.7

E-mail: qli26@unl.edu

Phone: (402)472-6696

Li recieved her BA in Journalism and Chinese Linguistics from Chengdu University of Technology, and a MA in Musical Arts from Southwest Jiaotong University. Since 2011, she has been a regular faculty member in the department of music at Neijiang Normal College. Currently, she teaches Confucius Institute community classes such as Chinese language classes in Lincoln and Taiji (Taichi) with OLLI.

Rui Liang

Yujie Zhou
CHINESE INSTRUCTOR

School of Instruction: Omaha Northwest High School

E-mail: yujie.zhou@ops.org

Zhou recieved her BA in ESL from Xi'an University and MA is Chinese-as-a-second-language Education from Xi'an International Studies University. Since 2013 she has taught Chinese-as-a-second-language at Xi'an Jiaotong University's International College as well as Xi'an International Studies University. She has also served with the American Council on Education as a coordinator of international Chinese language teacher exchanges. She currently teaches Chinese at Omaha Northwest High School.

Rui Liang

Shi "Rachel" Li
CHINESE INSTRUCTOR

School of Instruction: Marian High School

E-mail: rli@marianomaha.org

Li graduated from Jilin Foreign Language Normal College with a BA in English Language. Since 2001 she has taught English at Changchun Foreign Language School, an elite secondary school for foreign language education in China. Currently, she teaches Chinese for the Confucius Institute in a number of community courses in Omaha, including Chinese classes held at UNO and Marian High School.