Dr. Shijuan Liu

  • Shijuan LiuShijuan Liu joined IUP in fall 2011 as an assistant professor of Chinese.

    Shijuan Liu was born and grew up in the north of Mainland China. She has a BA in Chinese Language and Literature from Hebei Teachers College (now Hebei Normal University), while her MA in Applied Linguistics (Modern Chinese) was received from Renmin University of China, Beijing.

    After graduation, she was hired by her alma mater to teach Chinese as a foreign/second language. Motivated to improve the practice of teaching Chinese and inspired by her students who traveled thousands of miles to study Chinese in China, Liu came to the United States to pursue a doctorate in Instructional Systems Technology at the Indiana University at Bloomington School of Education, where she systematically studied the instructional design of courses and programs as well as the improvement of teaching and learning with the assistance of modern technologies.

    Liu has been involved in teaching Chinese as a foreign/second language since 1996. She was a tenured full-time faculty member at RUC for five years, where she taught Chinese to students from more than 30 countries such as Austria, Australia, Brazil, Czech, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Korean, Japan, Spain, UK, and the US. She had also taught at Deerfield Academy and IUB. After finishing her doctorate in 2008, she taught in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at California State University at Los Angeles, where she was also employed as the director of Language Laboratory. Prior to joining IUP, she taught Chinese full-time to heritage and non-heritage learners at Northwestern University in the north suburb of Chicago.

    Liu’s current research interests focus on computer-assisted language learning, Chinese language pedagogy and assessment, and the acquisition of Chinese characters by non-heritage learners and younger heritage learners. Her scholarly work has appeared as peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters. She is on the editorial board of a couple of journals and serves as the column editor for the Journal of Technology and Chinese Language Teaching. She was also involved in several projects sponsored by such grants as National Science Foundation of China, Social Science Foundation of China, and Eisenhower Professional Development Grants. Additionally, she has conducted a number of workshops on language teaching and learning with technologies to K-16 instructors.

    Liu can be reached at sliu@iup.edu.