University of Iowa

Professor Chuanren KE, Director

Chuanren KE
Professor Chuanren KE is the Founding Director of the Confucius Institute at the University of Iowa.

Professor KE is a professor of Chinese in the Department of Asian and Slavic Languages and a professor of Second Language Acquisition in the Doctoral Program in Second Language Acquisition (FLARE) at the University of Iowa.

Professor KE holds a Ph.D. in Linguistics with a Ph.D. minor in Psychology from Indiana University at Bloomington and a BA in English from Beijing Normal University.

Professor KE is a certified ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) Tester Trainer and a certified ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) Tester of Chinese with the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages.

Professor Helen SHEN, Associate Director

Helen SHEN
Dr. Helen SHEN is a professor in the Asian and Slavic Languages Department at the University of Iowa with research interests in Second Language Acquisition in Chinese.

Professor SHEN holds a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction in Written Language Acquisition with a focus in Comparative Written Language Acquisition (Chinese and English) with a minor area of study in Second Language Acquisition from the University of Nevada. Professor SHEN holds an MA from the Department of Education from Zhejiang University, XiXi Campus and a BA from the department of Chinese Language and Literature at Ningbo University.

Executive Committee

Professor Chuanren KE, Chair

Chuanren KE

Professor Helen SHEN

Helen SHEN

Professor Michael EVERSON

Professor Michael EVERSON is an Associate Professor of Second Language Acquisition of Chinese in the College of Education at the University of Iowa.

Professor EVERSON holds a Ph.D. Foreign Language Education from Ohio State University, an MA in Chinese from the University of Hawaii
(East-West Center Fellow) and a BA in Chinese from the University of Wisconsin.



Professor Wenfang TANG

Wenfang TANG
 TANG Wenfang is Professor and C. Maxwell and Elizabeth M. Stanley Family and Hua Hsia Chair of Chinese Culture and Institutions. 

Professor Tang is a faculty member from the Department of Political Sciences at The University of Iowa.