Kunming Faculty & Administration

YI LIN, Associate Professor of Chinese and Director, Kunming. (Ph.D. in Foreign Language Education, University of Iowa, 2004) Yi Lin's areas of specialty are applied Chinese linguistics and educational measurement. From 2003 to 2013, she was the Academic Director of the Chinese Language Flagship Center at the University of Mississippi. She was one of the key developers of the comprehensive and highly performing Chinese program, which hosts a Chinese language Flagship, a Chinese StarTalk, a Chinese ROTC GO Program and a Flagship Study Abroad Center.  She has served on the Curriculum Committee and Study Abroad Committee of the Chinese Language Flagship Programs at the national level.  Yi Lin presents her work in curriculum development, language acquisition, and program evaluation frequently at ACTFL, CLTA, LEARN and other conferences.  In recent years, she has published a two-volume Chinese textbook, Chinese in Motion: An Advanced Immersion Course (Yi Lin, 2012, 2013), as well as research papers in language teaching and acquisition.  Her outstanding experience in language assessment has contributed to the measurement of learning progress, teaching efficacy and program management.  In addition to teaching at University of Mississippi, Yi Lin taught at the University of Michigan and at Middlebury’s very own Chinese School.  

Peter Robbins

PETER ROBBINS, Assistant Director. Peter’s connection with Middlebury College began when he participated in the Middlebury Summer Chinese Language school and later studied at the C.V. Starr-Middlebury School in Hangzhou. After graduating from Kenyon College with a BA in Chinese Language & Area Studies, Peter returned to China several times to lead educational trips for American high school students. Since then he has worked as a translator at the Beijing Olympics, a journalist for a Chinese newspaper in Oregon, a ski patroller in New Hampshire, an English teacher in Taiwan, and an international education specialist in his home state of Maine. In his free time, Peter enjoys scouting out exciting new excursion destinations, bicycle touring, playing ultimate frisbee, learning to cook Chinese food, and digging in his garden.


LI LI 李黎, Program Assistant. A native of Kunming, Li Li received her B.A. in Japanese Language from Yunnan University. She began working as the program assistant for the C.V. Starr-Middlebury School in Kunming in 2010. Li Li helps students navigate visa and passport issues, organizes activities, and coordinates with the students’ Chinese roommates. Li Li is passionate about Yunnanese cuisine and in her spare time enjoys playing badminton and hiking.


LIU DAN 刘丹. Lecturer.  After graduating from the Department of Chinese Language and Literature at Yunnan University (云南大学) in 1996, Liu Dan started her career in teaching Chinese at the School of International Students at Yunnan University.  She is experienced in teaching various levels of Chinese language courses, including beginning, intermediate, and the advanced Chinese.  She also teaches undergraduate courses at Yunnan University.  Liu Dan has also taught intermediate and advanced Chinese for 3 summers at the Middlebury Chinese School.  As a native of Kunming, Liu Dan currently coordinates our regional study Kunming Impressions.  Teaching Chinese as a second language is Liu Dan’s long term pursuit, and currently she is obtaining a M.A. degree in comparative literature.  Liu Dan is very happy help students to gain a deeper understanding of the culture, society and people in Yunnan.


 ZHANG YOULAN 张友兰. Lecturer. Youlan graduated from Xianning University (Hubei Province) in 2008 with a major in Chinese Language and Literature. She received her Masters degree in Linguistics and Applied Linguistics at Yunnan Normal University in 2011. While pursuing her masters degree, she worked as a part-time teacher at Yunnan University and Yunnan Normal University. She joined the C.V. Starr-Middlebury School at Kunming in 2010 as a part-time teacher. She has taught the Kunming Impressions and Business Chinese courses. Youlan has a keen interest in literature, music and travelling, and she is passionate about teaching and introducing the Chinese culture to international students.


MA TIANYAO, Lecturer. Tianyao graduated from Tianjin Polytechnic University (天津工业大学) in 2008 with a major in fashion design and textile engineering. She continued her study in Beijing Institute of Fashion and Technology (北京服装学院) and obtained her master degree in Art Design in 2011.  After graduating, she worked for a magazine in Beijing as an editor before she returned to her hometown Kunming. Tianyao joined MiC Kunming in 2013 and has received a rigorous training as a Chinese language instructor.

Tianyao is passionate about her new career and sees teaching Chinese as creative as designing. She has a strong interest in drawing, handicrafts, ethnic arts and Chinese contemporary literature.