Dr. Weihua Niu, Director, received her degrees in psychology from Beijing Normal University (BA), Chinese Academy of Sciences (MA), and Yale (PhD) and joined the Pace faculty in 2003. Author of more than 30 papers, her interests include creativity, educational testing, cultural influence on higher cognitive functioning, and global education.

Dr. Min Zhu, Chinese Director, earned her PhD in Linguistics and was Associate Professor at the International College for Chinese Studies and Director of the Department of Short-term Training at Nanjing Normal University.  Experienced in teaching and management, she has published over 25 papers and contributed to over 10 textbooks.

Qiqi Wang, Program Manager, holds an M.S.Ed. from the UPenn where he was active in the Chinese Students and Scholars Association. Starting in 2007, he taught at Penn’s Graduate School of Education (GSE) and coordinated International Programs For the past four years, prior to coming to Pace, Wang was Program Coordinator in the Office of International Affairs at Columbia University’s Teachers College.

Ansel Lurio, Program Coordinator, holds a BA in American Studies from Columbia University and an MA in Museum Studies from SUNY Oneonta.  In addition to his work at the Confucius Institute, he is Manager of the Wagner Education Program for Children with Disabilities at the Historic House Trust of New York City. 

Dr. Shihong Liang, Chinese Teacher, received her PhD in teaching Chinese as a second language from Nanjing Normal University, where she is currently Associate Professor at the International College for Chinese Studies.

Dr. Juan Yang, Chinese Teacher, holds a PhD in Linguistics and has been teaching Chinese as a Second Language for several years at the International College for Chinese Studies at Nanjing Normal University.

Xiang Ye, Chinese Teacher, holds BA and MA degrees in English from Shandong University of Technology, where he was awarded Teacher of the Year (2012).  A Chinese-English Translator and Proofreader at China Central Television (CCTV), his research interests include language planning and policies as well as translation.

Ning Wang, Graduate Assistant, holds a BA in International Economics and Trade from Zhongnan University of Economics and Law.  She is now studying for a MS in Investment Management at Lubin Business School, Pace University.