Faculty & Staff
Dr. Donald Dyer, Co-Director of the Chinese Language Flagship Program
Dr. Donald L. Dyer is Distinguished Professor of Russian and Linguistics and Associate Dean for Faculty and Academic Affairs in the College of Liberal Arts at The University of Mississippi, where he has been teaching for the past 30 years. He was Chair of the Department of Modern Languages from 2005 to 2016.
He shares the administrative direction of the Chinese Language Flagship Program with the Co-Director, Dr. Henrietta Yang (below).
He is also editor of the journal Balkanistica and co-editor of Romance Monographs.
Office: 204 Ventress Hall
Phone: (662) 915-7178
E-mail: chinese at olemiss dot edu
Dr. Henrietta Yang, Associate Professor of Chinese
Co-Director of the Chinese Language Flagship Program
Dr. Yang holds a B.A. in Linguistics from California State University at Fullerton and an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Texas at Austin.
She joined the University of Mississippi in 2013. Before coming to the University of Mississippi, Yang was Associate Professor of Chinese Studies and a program director at Morehouse College (2008-2013). She served as a teaching team leader for an Intensive Foreign Area Officer Program (FOA) at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California, where she was an instructional technology specialist and Certified Government Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) tester (2005-2008).
Her research interests include Chinese language pedagogy, Chinese linguistics, the interface between instructional technology and language teaching, and formal syntactic theory.
Office: 213 Croft Institute
Phone: (662) 915-6794
E-mail: hsyang at olemiss dot edu
Mr. Nethaneel (Nate) Flake, Program Manager
As the UM Chinese Flagship Program Manager, Nate is the first point of contact for current and prospective students alike. He is available to field questions about the program and respond to any Flagship-related technical issues that arise for students regarding their classes, international flights, or scholarship funds, and prospective students regarding their applications.
Nate also manages the University of Mississippi ROTC Project GO Program.
Office: 214 Croft Institute
Phone: (662) 915-7298
E-mail: chinese at olemiss dot edu
Dr. Cheng-Fu Chen, Assistant Professor of Chinese & Linguistics
Dr. Chen holds a B.A. in Chinese Language and Literature from National Tsing Hua University, an M.A. in Linguistics from National Taiwan University, and a Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Texas at Austin.
He teaches Chinese language and culture courses. His scholarly work has focused on syntax and semantics of Mandarin Chinese and Rukai (an Austronesian language of Taiwan).
Office: 216 Croft Institute
Phone: (662) 915-6792
E-mail: cchen5 at olemiss dot edu
Dr. Zhini Zeng, Chinese Flagship Assistant Professor
Dr. Zeng received her B.A. in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language from Shanghai International Studies University and her M.A. & Ph.D in Chinese Pedagogy (2015) from The Ohio State University.
Dr. Zeng’s research interests include Chinese-language pedagogy (with an emphasis on material development, curriculum design and assessment), cross-cultural communication, Chinese linguistics and discourse analysis.
Office: 215 Croft Institute
Phone: (662) 915-5042
E-mail: zzeng at olemiss dot edu
Ms. Rongrong Hao, Chinese Flagship Instructor
Ms. Hao received her Master of Arts in Chinese Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and her B.A. in Teaching Chinese as a Second Language from Xi’an International Studies University.
Before coming to The University of Mississippi, she taught Chinese at Brown for two years, and at Harvard Beijing Academy.
Office: 212 Croft Institute
Phone: (662) 915-2029
E-mail: rhao at olemiss dot edu
Ms. Hsinhui Chen, Chinese Flagship Instructor
Ms. Chen received her B.A. in Chinese Literature from Tung-Hai University, and her M.A. in Linguistics from National Chung Cheng University, Taiwan. She is now a Ph.D. candidate of Linguistics at National Chung Cheng University.
Before coming to The University of Mississippi, she taught Chinese at National Chung Cheng University for five years.
Ms. Yuyun Lei, Chinese Flagship Instructor
Ms. Lei is a Ph.D candidate of East Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She received her M.A. in Applied Second Language Acquisition from Carnegie Mellon University, and her M.A. and B.A. in Chinese Language and Literature from Hunan University, China. She specializes in language assessment and Chinese language acquisition and pedagogy.
She has taught Chinese at the University of Pittsburgh, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Princeton in Beijing.
Ms. Meng-Chieh Lin, Chinese Flagship Instructor
Ms. Lin received her M.A. in Teaching Chinese as a Second Language from National Cheng Chi University, Taiwan, and her B.A. in Chinese Literature from National Central University, Taiwan.
Ms. Lin has taught Chinese as second language both in Taiwan and internationally. She has taught Chinese at various institutions, including National Taiwan University, National Yang Ming University, National Central University, National Taiwan Sport University, Harvard Beijing Academy and National Security Language Initiative for Youth.
Mr. Tian Zhang, Gradute Assistant & Domain Mentor
Mr. Zhang is a Ph.D. student in applied linguistics at the University of Mississippi. He received his B.A. in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language (2011) and his M.A. in Linguistics and Applied Linguistics (2018) from Heilongjiang University.
Before coming to the University of Mississippi, Mr. Zhang taught Chinese Grammar & Rhetoric as well as Intermedia Chinese at Heilongjiang University for two years. In 2018, Tian was selected by the British Council to teach Chinese at Boskenwyn Community Primary School in the U.K.
Dr. Yan Zhao, Domain Mentor for Chinese Flagship
Dr. Zhao received her Ph. D in Classic Chinese Literature from Nankai University and her second Master
of Arts in Applied Linguistics from the University of Mississippi.
Dr. Zhao’s prior experiences include 8 years teaching content and language courses at Zhejiang University of Technology and 2 years teaching Chinese language at all levels at Yeungnam University in South Korea.
Mr. Han-Hsin Sung, Teaching Assistant for Chinese Flagship
Mr. Sung Han-Hsin is pursuing a Ph.D. in linguistics at the University of Mississippi. He earned his M.Ed in foreign language teaching from the University of Hong Kong. Since 2017, Sung has taught Chinese courses at all levels at institutions including Mississippi State University and South Island International School, Hong Kong. He was also a teaching fellow in the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures at Hamilton College in 2019.
Mr. Sung brings his unique experience teaching Mandarin as part of airline service training. He is especially skilled in helping professionals refine their Mandarin for use in service delivery contexts.
Dr. Michael Metcalf, Director Emeritus of the Chinese Language Flagship Program
Dr. Metcalf, former Professor of History and Associate Provost for International Affairs, served as co-director of the Chinese Language Flagship Program since its founding in 2003. He was instrumental in the establishment and development of the program during its first decade of existence.