Over the past decades, I have worked as an educator and leader in contexts of higher education, public education, and non-governmental organizations in Canada, USA and China. My cross-board living and professional experiences have shaped and enlightened my passion for education with global perspectives and my commitment to global education, peace, justice and collaboration.
I am privileged with the opportunities of pursuing scholarly interests through various capacities, including supporting the professional development of pre-service and in-service educators through teaching, leading and administering international and global education programs, planning and developing global program policy and procedures, supervising talented graduate students, and guest teaching for other higher education institutions. It was a great honor to receive UPEI's inaugural Excellence in Internationalization Award in 2015.
Prior to the faculty position at UPEI, I was extensively engaged in international education, global affairs, international development and teacher education through a variety of professional capacities and roles, including serving as an international education consultant for institutions of higher education, an international development program officer, a curriculum and education consultant for non-governmental organizations, an Educational Technology project coordinator, a national director for global language village program, and an ESL teacher/administrator in public school. These interdisciplinary academic and professional experiences have greatly enriched her leadership, teaching, research and services in education and served as a foundation for my interests in innovative education programming, global competency education, curriculum development, global engagement, policy/leadership development and culturally responsive educational leadership, theory, and praxis.
Family and friends are the cornerstone of my life. I am blessed with the love and support from my husband Michael, son Alex, Dog Abby, extended family, and friends cross continents.
Ph.D. (Curriculum Studies)
Department of Secondary Education, University of Alberta
M.ED. (Administration & Leadership in Post-Secondary Education)
Department of Educational Policy Studies, University of Alberta
B.A. (English Language & Literature)
School of Foreign Languages, Qufu Normal University