Kunming Faculty & Administration

Li Rong 李戎, Director, Kunming (incoming, Fall 2018).

Li Rong is from Beijing, China, where she received her B.A. in Chinese Language and Literature from the Beijing Normal University. She received her M.A. in Education Management from King’s College in London and she is currently working on her Doctorate in Education at The Chinese University in Hong Kong. She started her career of teaching Chinese at the Inter-University Program (IUP) at Tsinghua University in Beijing in 1999. She has held teaching positions at UC Berkeley (2006-2008), the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (2010-2018), and with Princeton in Beijing (PiB) in 2007 and 2009. Her research interests include language teacher education, teacher development, teacher identity and transnational education.

Li Qunhu  李群虎, Interim Director, Kunming (Spring 2018).
Over the last 10 years, Li Qunhu has played a key role in the formation of two Chinese language programs in China; ACC in Beijing, and New Century in Tianjin.  Having served as the Academic Director of ACC during its first five years of operations and the China Director for New Century since its inception, Li laoshi has considerable background in teacher-training, curriculum development, and program administration.  Li Qunhu also has a longstanding relationship with Middlebury, where he has been an advanced-level instructor since 2007 during the summer Language School.  He is excited to extend this relationship to the School in China in Kunming for the spring semester of 2018.
ALEX NICKLEY 倪亦凡,  Assistant Director, Kunming.
Alex first started taking Chinese language classes as a freshman majoring in East Asian Studies at Ohio University. His interests in the region were greatly enhanced and informed during his junior year as a Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) recipient in Suzhou during the summer of 2009. After graduating summa cum laude in 2010, Alex decided to move to the City of Perpetual Spring (i.e., Kunming). He returned to the States as a FLAS fellow in the Asian/Pacific Studies Institute (APSI) at Duke University, earning an MA in 2015. His degree focused on environmental issues related to China primarily through the disciplines of history, anthropology and political ecology. Alex is an avid birder and amateur naturalist who fervently enjoys learning about the flora and fauna of new places.
LI LI 李黎, Program Assistant. A native of Kunming, Li Li received her bachelor’s degree in Japanese Language from Yunnan University. She began working as the program assistant for the Middlebury School in China: Kunming program 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 helps coordinate the regionally focused Yunnan Impressions course.  Teaching Chinese as a second language is Liu Dan’s long term pursuit and she is delighted to help students to gain a deeper understanding of the culture, society and people in Yunnan.


ZHANG YOULAN 张友兰. Lecturer. Zhang Youlan graduated from Xianning University (Hubei Province) in 2008 with a major in Chinese Language and Literature. She received her master’s degree in Linguistics and Applied Linguistics at Yunnan Normal University in 2011. While pursuing her master’s 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. Zhang 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 马天遥, Lecturer. Tianyao graduated from Tianjin Polytechnic University in 2008 with a major in fashion design and textile engineering. She continued her study in Beijing Institute of Fashion and Technology and obtained her master’s degree in Art Design in 2011.  After graduating, she worked for a magazine in Beijing as an editor before returning to her hometown of Kunming. Tianyao joined MiC Kunming in 2013 and has received a rigorous training as a Chinese language instructor.  Tianyao is passionate about teaching which she approaches from a perspective of creativity learned from design. She has a strong interest in drawing, handicrafts, ethnic arts and Chinese contemporary literature.
HUILING YANG  杨蕙菱, Lecturer.  Huiling graduated from Beijing International Studies University (BISU), with a bachelor’s in Chinese Language and Literature.  She has been teaching at MiC Kunming since 2010 and also served as a Visiting Lecturer in the Department of Chinese at Middlebury College from 2013 to 2015.  At MiC Kunming, Huiling has taught a variety of courses including Newspaper Reading, Topics of Contemporary Chinese Society, China’s Environment & Development, and Kunming Impressions.  She is the lead instructor in developing and refining the teaching materials for these courses.  Huiling enjoys sharing time and ideas with her students.  Her personal interests include reading contemporary novels, photography and calligraphy.