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
Rita E. Cortez
Rita 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 20 years experience in high level management most of which involved overseeing federally funded grant projects. She is originally from Texas, is married and has 3 children. She came to BYU in 2009 and loves reading, cultural arts and music.
Office: 3122E JKB
Flagship Program Teaching Faculty/Staff
Dr. Hui-Ju, Rachel, Chuang, Ph.D.
Lead Flagship Instructor
Dr. Hui-Ju Chuang was born and raised in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. She received her Ph.D. in Chinese Language & Linguistics from University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa and her M.A. in Linguistics from National Chung Cheng University, Taiwan. She taught Chinese language at all levels since 2010 and join join BYU in 2018. Her research interests lie in Applied Chinese Linguistics in Chinese Language Teaching and Learning, Cognitive Linguistics, Chinese Heritage Language, Blended Learning, Corpus Linguistics and Taiwan Southern Min. She is currently working on a research project in Applied Cognitive Linguistics to teach Chinese spatial terms. She is thrilled to be on board at BYU Chinese Flagship Center and look forward to working with everyone here.
Office: 3122 K JKB
MS. Sha-Sha, Yang, M.a.
Flagship adjunct Instructor
Shasha 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 C JKB
MS. Katherine, Chen, Tilley
Flagship adjunct Instructor
I was born and grew up in Taiwan. I studied Russian and Secondary Education for my Bachelor of Art degree in National ChengChi University (政治大學）in Taipei. I had a lot of fun directing Russian plays and serving in student organizations during those years. I then came over to BYU for my graduate studies. I started with Special Education and obtained a Utah Teacher's license in Special Education (Mild & Moderate). Later I also started to study in the master's program of Second Language Acquisition and Teaching concurrently with the Special Ed. program. After getting my master's degree, I went on to teach Chinese at the Defense Language Institute, Foreign Language Center at Presidio of Monterey, CA. It is an intense immersion language program for military personnel. I came back to teach Chinese at BYU in 2015 and have loved working here. It is an honor and delight to be a part of the Chinese Flagship program at BYU.
Office: 4060 JKB
Cynthia Cerenzie (Office Specialist)
Joy Wong (Office Specialist–Student)
Angelica Kong (Overseas Project Assistant)
Christina Wu (Academic Project Assistant)
Blanca Shu (Student Assistant)
Jack Chiu (Social Media Specialist)