Faculty & Administration

Zhang Kai

ZHANG KAI 张凯, Director, Beijing.

A native of Hebei province, Zhang Kai received his BA in Economic Law from Hebei University in 2001, and an MA in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language from Middlebury College & the Monterey Institute of International Studies in 2010. From 2001 to 2005, he taught intermediate and advanced Chinese at the Inter-University Program (IUP) at Tsinghua University in Beijing, serving as the Director’s Assistant from 2002 to 2003. During this time he also compiled a course textbook for business Chinese. From 2005 to 2006, he taught beginning and intermediate Chinese courses as a Visiting Lecturer at Yale University. He has taught fifth year and third year Chinese as a member of the Middlebury College Summer Chinese School (2006, 2008, 2011), and also taught beginning and advanced Chinese as Visiting Lecturer at Middlebury College (2008-2009; 2010-2011). In addition to his teaching experience, Zhang Kai also served as Director of Instruction at the Inter-University Program (2004-2005; 2006-2008). In this role he oversaw the supervision, hiring and training of new teachers, he advised students and organized course schedules, and continued to teach Chinese language courses. During this time he also compiled two textbooks for use in IUP legal Chinese courses: Cases of Criminal Law and Cases of Civil Law. Zhang Kai is happy to be back in Beijing where he and his family can once again enjoy the local cuisine, and he looks forward to working with students and teachers to explore the diverse and ancient cultural treasures of China’s capital city.

CHRISTINE SWANSON 孙婷婷, Assistant Director, Beijing (Outgoing, Spring 2019)

Christine graduated from Columbia University with her Master's degree in East Asian Regional Studies in 2014 and graduated summa cum laude from Elon University in 2013. She has over two years of collective experience in China, including her tenure as a student in CET Shanghai and CET Kunming, and as a Fulbright Hays GPA Fellow in Beijing. Christine cares deeply about volunteering, and has held two positions in the nonprofit sector: she previously worked as a Teach for China Fellow in Yunnan and also at a nonprofit serving Somali youth in her home state of Minnesota. Before she moved to Beijing, she served as the Resident Advisor for CET Harbin. She is passionate about Chinese, study abroad, and exploring the world on public transit.

EMMA AUDEN 于兰馨, Assistant Director, Beijing (Incoming, Spring 2019)

Emma left the North American continent for the first time in 2016 when she traveled to Beijing to study abroad with the Middlebury School in China. Three years later, she is thrilled to return to the program, this time as staff. After graduating from Middlebury College in 2017 with a joint major in Chinese and Geography, she moved to Xi'an, China. There she spent a year working with the Rural Education Action Program (REAP) as an Academic Editor. A Wisconsin native, Emma's adventures have taken her farther and farther from home, but her love of cheese has never changed. In her spare time, you will most likely find her eating, journaling, or practicing guitar.

LU BIN 卢滨, Program Consultant.

Having served as the CET Program Coordinator on behalf of the Harbin Institute of Technology between 1988 and 2003, and then with the C.V. Starr-Middlebury School in China in Hangzhou, Lu Bin is a veteran program administrator whose expertise includes teacher training, academic coordination, and logistics. In Harbin and Hangzhou, Lu Bin oversaw a wide variety of program elements, from class scheduling to student management. She also developed and managed new programs on behalf of the Foreign Service Institute in Harbin.  Lu Bin comes from a family of academics, and received her own education from the Harbin Institute of Technology. She is now happy to be in Beijing with her immediate family and grandchildren.

QIAN BO 钱铂, Lecturer.

Qian Bo is a graduate of Capital Normal University, where he completed both a BA in Chinese Language and Literature and an MA in Chinese International Education. Qian Bo has been an instructor at the Middlebury School in China: Beijing since 2011, during which he has taught Experience Beijing, Advanced Spoken Chinese, Contemporary Issues in China, Classical Chinese, Chinese Politics, and Chinese Modern and Contemporary Literature. In 2015 Qian Bo taught Jan-term at Middlebury in Vermont, and in the fall of 2016 he will return to Middlebury to spend one year as a visiting lecturer. Qian Bo loves film, theater, and cartoons. Most importantly, he loves dark humor, absurdity, irony and lengxiaohua.

DU BINGXIAO 杜冰筱, Lecturer.

Du Bingxiao studied English Education as an undergraduate, and later received her MA in Chinese Education. Du Bingxiao has been teaching Chinese to foreign students since 2005, and joined the Middlebury School in China: Beijing in the spring of 2015. She teaches Experience Beijing, Advanced Spoken Chinese, Contemporary Issues in China, and Business Chinese. Du Bingxiao likes to study and research history and military affairs. Her favorite American television shows are CSI and Game of Thrones. However, what she loves most is cooking delicious food with friends, or going out in the city to eat, eat, eat!