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
Mr. Yi-Chia Chien, M.A.
Yi-Chia Chien received his M.A. in Teaching Chinese as a Second Language from the
University of Iowa, and received professional training in L2 Chinese education from
Teachers College, Columbia University and National Taiwan Normal University. Prior
to joining BYU Chinese Flagship Center, he taught all levels of Chinese language
courses at different institutions, including Rice University, the University of Iowa,
DePauw University, and Fu Jen Catholic University, Taiwan. He also has teaching
experience at domestic immersion program (STARTALK), study abroad programs, and
online programs. His research interest focuses on Chinese pedagogical grammar,
instructed second language acquisition (ISLA), and pedagogy of Chinese as a foreign
language. He has been always dedicated to optimizing students’ learning experience,
creating supportive learning environment, and bringing authentic Chinese-speaking
world to class. He loves to see his students becoming proficient in Chinese language
Office: 3122 C JKB