Charles Wood Director, UNL
Office: Nebraska Hall W205.2
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.
Christopher C. Heselton
Associate Director, UNL
Office: Nebraska Hall W205.1
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 KraclOffice Associate, UNL
Office: Nebraska Hall W205
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.
Bing ChengVisiting Scholar, XI'AN JIAOTONG UNIVERSITY
Office: Nebraska Hall W205.4
Dr. Bing Cheng is a professor of English Language and Literature from Xi'an Jiaotong University currently at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln as a visiting scholar conducting research on the perception of mandarin tones among non-native speakers. Her research interest focus on phonetics, second language acquisition, neurolinguistics. Her publications include A Study on the Relationship Between Speech Perception and Production: Implications for Phonetic Training (2017, kexue chubanshe), "Perceptual Temporal Asymetry Associated with Distinct On and Off Response to Time-Varying Sounds with Rising Versus Falling Intensity: A Magnetoencephalography Study" (2016, Brain Science), and "Syllable Structure Universals and Native Language Interference in Second Language Perception and Production: Positional Asymmetry and Perceptual Links to Accentedness" (2015, Frontiers in Psychology) among numerous other publicans and journal articles in the US and China. As a representative from Xi'an Jiaotong University at the Confucius Institute, Dr. Cheng will also work with the Director and Associate Director in organizing Chinese teaching activities and promoting exchanges between China and the State of Nebraska.
Jin "Jenny" NiCHINESE INSTRUCTOR
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. Since 2016, Ni has taught Chinese with the Confucius Institute at Scottsbluff High School in Scottsbluff, Nebraska.
Cheng "Steven" YangCHINESE INSTRUCTOR
School of Instruction: Bluffs Middle School
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.
School of Instruction: Omaha Central High School
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.
Bowen ZhengCHINESE INSTRUCTOR
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.
School of Instruction: Goodrich Middle School
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.
Yuqian SunCHINESE INSTRUCTOR
School of Instruction: Educational Service Unit No. 5
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.
Jiabin ZhangCHINESE INSTRUCTOR
School of Instruction: Educational Service Unit No. 5
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.
Yani ZhangChinese Instructor
Office: Nebraska Hall W205.5
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.
Office: Nebraska Hall W205.7
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.
School of Instruction: Omaha Northwest High School
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.
Shi "Rachel" Li
School of Instruction: Marian High School
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.