Dr. Yongfang Zhang Receives Tenure at Wofford College

June 5, 2015
Yongfang Zhang

Yongfang Zhang, graduated from DEALL in 2009 with a Ph.D. in Chinese Pedagogy (advisor Galal Walker), has been tenured, effective September 2015. She joined Wofford College in 2010 as an Assistant Professor of Chinese. Before joining Wofford, she worked three years as an instructor at University of Akron, and developed a Chinese Minor Program and a Summer Study Abroad Program. Since joining the Chinese Program at Wofford, she has introduced various scholarships and external learning opportunities for Wofford Chinese students and local K-12 schools and students, and participated in many campus-wide discussions on general education curriculum, interim, strategic planning, and others. She applied and received STARTALK federal grants in 2013-2015 to offer Chinese camps to upstate middle and high school students where she has served as the Principal Investigator, Program Director, and Lead Instructor. She has also taken active roles in national language centers, educational organizations, and pedagogical programs. She reviewed proposals for STARTALK Central (2009-2012) and Council for Accreditation of Education Preparation under American Council for Teachers of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) (since 2014). She has participated as a trainer in many teacher training programs at both K-12 level and college level in the U.S.A. and China, and has offered more than a dozen professional development workshops for K-12 Chinese teachers. She has also offered keynote speech at the regional Chinese Language Teachers Conferences in U.S.A., and has presented and published her research paper at international and national conferences, and in the Journal of Chinese Language Teachers Association. Her research focuses on performance-based instruction, authentic materials use, ACTFL standards, and language testing. Her recent publication include, “A CIP Spiral Performance-based Model for Beginner Level Chinese L2 Reading Instruction”, The Journal of the Chinese Language Teachers Association (2013), and “Integrating Authentic Written Texts into Beginning Chinese Reading Instruction”, The Journal of the Chinese Language Teachers Association (2012).  She is a certified ACTFL Oral Professional Interview (OPI) tester and just recently received the official invitation from ACTFL to the apprentice trainer program leading to certification as an ACTFL OPI Tester Trainer