Visiting Scholar at Northwestern Polytechnical University in Xi’an, China


During the 2016-2017 school year, I spent my sabbatical serving as a visiting scholar at Northwestern Polytechnical University in Xi’an, China. In my primary role, I taught six courses to undergraduate English Majors in the fall 2016 semester and four in the spring semester.

Additionally, I presented at the 2017 International Workshop on Comparative Studies of Language Research and Education between China and the West, and my paper was later published on the NCTE blog. I gave three lectures on active learning to faculty members from three different universities. In the spring, supported the Office of Faculty Development in their efforts to increase the number of classes taught in English in aeronautics, physics, material science, computer systems.

As a side project, I wrote a collection of poems titled Love of Ornamental Fish which was published in 2022 by Alien Buddha Press. Finally, I filmed ten video lectures that are still part of a MOOC “Advanced English Writing.”