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2021 Faculty Teach in China Program

To strengthen collaborative teaching and research between the University of Kentucky and Chinese Universities, the UK Office of China Initiatives has initiated the UK Faculty Teach in China program at numerous universities in China. Each summer for 2-4 weeks, UK faculty teach a wide array of courses at these universities while also experiencing the local culture and lifestyle. OCI provides international round-trip airfare, accommodations, and a stipend to faculty for the courses they teach.

For 2021, there are four participating campuses for the UK Faculty Teach in China Program:

Faculty Participants

"In many ways, teaching in China is like teaching in the US. Chinese students wrestle with many of the same issues that American students do: grades, job prospects, romantic relationships, family troubles. One big difference is the reverence that most Chinese students have for teachers. A teacher’s word is gold in China. 

Our hosts at Jilin University were very hospitable. They arranged outings for us, like a visit to a nearby lake for the boat races on the day of the Dragon Boat Festival. Each of us was assigned a living assistant whose job it was to help us navigate everyday life, such as ordering food at the cafeteria or finding out where to get a massage or do laundry. Everyone wanted our visit to be enjoyable, and it was."  

-Robert Grossman, Professor of Chemistry, Taught at Jilin University in 2015 and 2017

2019 Participants

China University of Mining and Technology

  • Dong Yang, Professor in the College of Arts & Sciences, taught Engineering Thermodynamics.

Jilin University

  • Robert Grossman, Professor in the College of Arts & Sciences, taught Writing Reasonable Organic Reaction Mechanisms.
  • Lance Poston, Executive Director of the Office of LGBTQ* Resources, taught Origins of Human Civilization: Exploring Diverse Sources and Major Questions.
  • Lennon Michalski, Instructor in the College of Fine Arts, taught the History of Photography.
  • Sayed Saghaian, Professor in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, taught Economic Foundations of Strategy and Agribusiness Management.
  • Xiaofang Shi, Lecturer of Statistics in the College of Arts & Sciences.
  • Sumit Das, Jack and Linda Gill Eminent Professor of Physics & Astronomy in the College of Arts & Sciences, taught AdS/CFT AND NON-EQUILIBRIUM PHYSICS.
  • Rita Basuray, Lecturer in the College of Arts & Sciences, taught Introduction to the Art of Scientific Writing.
  • Ambrose Seo, Associate Professor in the College of Arts & Sciences, taught Quantum Physics and Modern Electronic Devices.
  • Renee Bonzani, Lecturer in the College of Arts & Sciences, taught Origins of New World Civilizations.

Qingdao Technological University 

  • Kathi Kern, Associate Provost of Teaching, Learning, and Academic Innovation, as well as an Associate Professor of History and an Endowed Professor in the Chellgren Center for Undergraduate Excellence at the University of Kentucky, taught Innovations in Teaching and Learning.
  • Trey Conatser, Associate Director of the Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching,  Innovations in Teaching and Learning as well as Writing and Communicating in English-Speaking Academic Environments.

2018 Participants

China University of Mining and Technology

  • Yoonbai Kim, Professor of Economics in the Gatton College of Business and Economics, taught International Macroeconomics for Emerging Market for Economies.
  • Liang LiangAssociate Professor of Geography in the College of Arts & Sciences, taught Principle of Remote Sensing.

Jilin University

  • Brian L. Frye, Spears-Gilbert Associate Professor of Law in the Rosenberg College of Law, taught An Introduction to United States Intellectual Property Law. 
  • Nicole Ward Gauthier, Extension Associate Professor & Extension Specialist in Plant Pathology in the College of Agriculture, Food & Environment, taught Professional Development for Scientists: What You Don’t Learn in Science Class. 
  • Lennon Michalski, Instructor in the College of Fine Arts, taught History of Painting. 
  • Xiaofang Shi, Lecturer of Statistics in the College of Arts & Sciences, taught Statistical Methods & Motivations. 
  • Sumit R. Das, Jack and Linda Gill Eminent Professor of Physics & Astronomy in the College of Arts and Sciences, taught Black Holes and Holograms. 
  • N. Thomas Hakansson, Professor of Anthropology in the College of Arts & Sciences, taught Political Ecology and Land Use. 
  • Monica Udvardy, Associate Professor in the College of Arts & Sciences, taught Highlights from Cultural Anthropology. 
  • Rita Basuray, Lecturer in the College of Arts & Sciences, taught Liquid Libations: From History to Physiology. 
    Peter Berres, Professor in the College of Arts & Sciences, taught Globalization: Elements and Consequences of Global Economy.
  • Susan Odom, Associate Professor in the College of Arts & Sciences, taught Organic Materials: Electronic Structure and Applications.
  • Christopher J. Crumrine, Director of State and Federal Relations in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, taught Speechwriting and Public Speaking: The Art of the Story.
  • Francie R. Chassen-López, Professor in the College of Arts & Sciences taught Latin America in the World.

Qingdao Technological University 

  • Jayson W. Richardson, Associate Professor in the College of Education, taught Advanced English Writing and Reading for Faculty Members for Academic Purposes.
  • Bob Sandmeyer, Assistant Professor in the College of Arts & Sciences, taught Teaching Methods for Interdisciplinary Courses.
  • Nicole R. Miller-Beckmann, Lecturer in the College of Arts & Sciences, taught English Listening & Speaking for the Modern Classroom.

Zhuhai College of Beijing Institute of Technology

  • Andrew Wood, Associate Professor in the College of Arts & Sciences, taught Urban Geography.
  • Jeffrey Rice, Professor in the College of Arts & Sciences, taught Social Media: Theory, Culture, Politics, Practice.