International Visiting Scholars 2013-14


During the fall semester St. Olaf will host four visiting scholars from East China Normal University (ECNU) in Shanghai, China (two professors and two graduate students), a United Board of Christian Higher Educate scholar from China.  In addition there are three Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) scholars from Russia, China and the Kingdom of Bahrain who are here for the academic year.  Spring semester will bring two new scholars from China’s ECNU and a Fulbright-Nehru Visiting Lecturer Fellowship Scholar from India.  Listed below is a brief introduction of the fall and Fulbright FLTA scholars.  Please feel free to contact them and to help them get to know St. Olaf College and the Northfield community.

Fall Scholars:

Wei, Hua (Cindy) (Henan, China).  Ms Wei is a lecturer in the School of Foreign Languages at ECNU teaching English writing, translation, intensive reading and listening.  She is interested in researching English Literature, American Poetry and observing American teaching styles.  Her academic liaison is Mary Titus, Professor of English.  Ms Wei will be living at the O’Neill House for International Scholars from September-December 2013, phone 786-8509.  E-mail: weih@stolaf.edu  or hwei@esp.ecnu.edu.cn .

Yu, Xiaohua (Zhejiang, China). Dr. Yu has a doctorate in Educational Technology and works as a lecturer in the School of Education Science at ECNU teaching Computer-based Education and Web Design and Programming.  This fall she will research technology enhanced self-regulated learning in the USA and more specifically its use at St. Olaf College.  Nancy Aarsvold, Assistant Director of Instructional Technology will be her academic liaison.  Dr. Yu will be living at the O’Neill House for International Scholars from September-December 2013, phone 786-8509.  E-mail:  yux@stolaf.edu or xhyu@deit.ecnu.edu.cn .

Ren, Xiaowei (QingJian, China). Dr. Ren is the Vice Dean at the School of Political Science and Economics at Shaanxi Normal University in Xi’an, China.  His doctorate was from the School of International Studies at Peking University focusing on International Relations and the History and Theory of Socialism.  Dr. Ren is supported by the United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia and will focus his time learning and researching college administration and management.  His personal academic study will focus on how American scholars recognize, observe, and study China and Asia’s development.  Dan Hofrenning, Professor of Political Science and Associate Dean of Social Sciences will be his mentor.  Dr. Ren will be living at the O’Neill House for International Scholars from September-December 2013, phone 786-8509.  E-mail: ren@stolaf.edu  or rxw1974@126.com .

Wu, Di (Judy) (Penglai, China). Ms Wu is a graduate student at ECNU.  Her research will focus on understanding the American pre-school system and how it compares to the Australian system.  Her academic liaison will be Elizabeth Leer, Associate Professor of Education.  She will be living in the Sovik International House from September – November 2013, phone 786-3963.  E-mail: wud@stolaf.edu  or wudihope999@163.com .

Xu, Lu (Tongling, China) Ms Xu is graduate student at ECNU.  She will be researching business to consumer e-sales and consumer to consumer e-sales, which eliminate the business middleperson.  She will compare Australia and United States systems and optimize a structure for China.  Her academic liaison will be Xun Pomponio, Associate Professor of Economics.  She will be living in the Sovik International House from September – November 2013, phone 786-3963.  E-mail:  xul@stolaf.edu  or xulu810yida811@163.com .

Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant Program (FLTA)

Ruqaya Abdulla Hassan Ismaeel is from the Kingdom of Bahrain and will be the main language facilitator for the Alternative Language Study Option Arabic program. She has been an English teacher at the Al-Hoora Girls Secondary School.  Ms Ismaeel’s office is located in Tomson Hall 023. She will living in the Larson Dormitory apartment and will be an FLTA from September 2013 – May 2014.  E-mail:  rouqayaismail@yahoo.com .

Artem Zubov is from Moscow, Russia and will be teaching Russian through the FLTA program from September 2013- May 2014.  Mr. Zubov’s training is as a specialist and teacher of Russian Language and Russian Literature.  Most recently he was a post graduate student with a focus on the history of the science fiction genre.  Music is a hobby for him.  He will be living in at Ytterboe House which serves as the Russian House.  E-mail:  artem_zubov@mail.ru .

Qiongda is from Nyingchi, Tibet, PRC and will be teaching Chinese through the FLTA program from September 2013 – May 2014.  Ms Qiongda has been involved in bilingual teaching for almost seven years.  Ms Qiongda speaks Chinese, Tibetan, and English and looks forward to becoming a professional English teacher with Tibetan characteristics.  She will be staying in the Finholt Chinese Language House.  E-mail:  qigda_heibao@sina.com .

Fulbright-Nehru Visiting Lecturer

Meetu Khosla is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Daulat Ram College in New Dehli, India.  Professor Khosla earned her Ph.D. in Psychology at the University of Delhi in 2000. Her research investigating emotion and cognition has been funded by the Indian Council of Social Science Research, and her publications include book chapters and journal articles on subjects such as “Understanding Emotions from an Indian Perspective: Implications for Well Being.”  In the fall of 2012, a fellowship from the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute supported Professor Khosla as a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Toronto. Professor Khosla was awarded a prestigious Fulbright-Nehru Visiting Lecturer Fellowship, which enables her to join St. Olaf’s Psychology Department for the spring semester and she will teach The Psychology of India (Psychology 393). Dana Gross is Professor Khosla’s Fulbright Faculty Associate during her visit at St. Olaf.  You can reach Professor Khosla at khosla@stolaf.edu or 786-3963.

Spring Scholars

Yu, Zhengwen (Ellen) (Ma’anshan, China).  Ms. Yu has a Master’s degree in English from ECNU and teaches in the ECNU College English Department.  Some of the courses she has taught are College English Intensive Reading, Western Culture and the Bible, History and Anthology of both English Literature and American Literature.  While at St. Olaf she will research primarily the works of George MacDonald, studying his fantasy literature which combines Christian worldview and Romantic imagination.  She will study the consistent themes evoked and the use of fantasy.  She will be focusing on the book, At the Back of the North Wind.  Professor Charles Taliaferro of the Philosophy Department will serve as Ms Yu’s academic liaison.  Ms Yu will be living at the O’Neill House for International Scholars from February-May 2014, phone 786-8509.  E-mail: yuz@stolaf.edu  or ellen_yuxd@aliyun.com .

Yu, Feng (Nanchang, China).  Dr. Yu received his doctorate from Renmin University of China and currently serves as a Philosophy Lecturer at ECNU.  While at St. Olaf his project will focus on assessing the consequences for moral and political philosophy of Embodied Cognition, a new paradigm within the cognitive sciences.  Specifically he will investigate how new insights about the way intentions and dispositions are perceived and how they affect social contract theory.  He is looking forward to contacts with the Philosophy Dept. and the Kierkegaard Library.  Professor Danny Munoz-Hutchinson, Philosophy Dept. will be his academic liaison.  Dr. Yu will be living at the O’Neill House for International Scholars from February-May 2014, phone 786-8509.  E-mail: yuf@stolaf.edu or fyu@philo.ecnu.edu.cn .