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DR. MATTHEW CHRISTENSEN

PI & FLAGSHIP CENTER DIRECTOR

Dr. Christensen earned his Ph.D. in 1994 in the field of Chinese linguistics from Ohio State University. He is a professor of Chinese in the Asian and Near Eastern Languages Department. His research interests include Chinese language pedagogy, teacher training, materials development, discourse analysis, and Chinese poetry.

Office: 3081 JFSB
E-mail:
matthew_christensen@byu.edu
Extension: 801-422-5303
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MS. RITA E. CORTEZ

MANAGING DIRECTOR

Ms. Cortez has a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Texas-San Antonio. She has over 25 years of experience in high level university administration, most of which involved overseeing federally-funded grant projects. She is originally from Texas and has 3 children, 2 who are BYU graduates. She came to BYU in 2009, enjoys reading, cultural arts, cycling, hiking, and music. In addition to her Flagship duties, Ms. Cortez is now an officer of BYU's Research Development Coordinating Council (RDCC) and represents the College of Humanities (COH). In this capacity she assists COH faculty in identifying, applying for, and submitting grant proposals and budgets. She is available to work with any faculty member who is seeking external funding for research grants. Click here for more information about RDCC board members and funding opportunities.

Office: 3122E JKB
E-mail: rita_cortez@byu.edu
Extension: 801-422-2200
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Flagship Program Teaching Faculty/Staff

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DR. CHEN WANG

FLAGSHIP LEAD INSTRUCTOR

Dr. Wang received her Ph.D. in Asian Literatures, Cultures, and Media with a graduate minor in Comparative Studies of Discourse and Society at the University of Minnesota, 2019. Prior to joining the Flagship Program at BYU, she worked as Visiting Assistant Professor of Chinese at Williams College, where she taught a variety of language, literary and cultural courses as well as trained language fellows and teaching associates. She also worked as a graduate instructor for the Chinese Program and Flagship Program at the University of Minnesota. Her academic interests include Sinophone studies, translation theory, world literature, cultural geography, urban studies, and Chinese language pedagogy. Wang is dedicated to helping students cultivate their professional interests and critical thinking skills through learning languages and the relevant cultures.

Office: 3122 K JKB
E-mail: 
Extension: 801-422-5952
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MS. SHASHA YANG

FLAGSHIP INSTRUCTOR

Ms. Yang received her M.A. in Teaching Chinese as a Second Language from Brandeis University. Prior to joining BYU Chinese Flagship Center, she has taught Chinese at all levels at Brandeis University and in programs including Chinese Flagship Intensive Program at the University of Rhode Island, “Princeton in Beijing” program, CIEE Program at Peking University, and CET summer program in Beijing. Her research interests are second language acquisition, language teaching pedagogy, and educational technology. She is engaging in helping her students to learn and use Chinese in a communicative way with accuracy and propriety.

Office: 3122 G JKB
E-mail: shasha_yang@byu.edu
Extension: 801-422-3968
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OFFICE STAFF

Cynthia Cerenzie (Office Specialist)
Blanca Shu (Office Specialist)
Angelica Kong (Overseas Project Assistant)
Jack Chiu (Social Media Specialist)

Office: 801-422-9189
Email: chinese_flagship@byu.edu