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Clarkson University Welcomes Duan as Director of Chinese Language MA in Teaching Program

Clarkson University has welcomed Sherri Duan as director of the Chinese Language Master of Arts in Teaching program.

Sherri DuanDuan was previously a faculty member at Union Graduate College (UGC), which merged into Clarkson in February. She is based at Clarkson's Capital Region Campus in Schenectady, N.Y., the former UGC.

Duan's teaching interest is in Chinese grammar, and curriculum and methods in teaching Chinese. She also provides supervision to Chinese language interns during their full-year teaching internships in area schools.

An experienced educator and administrator, Duan has more than two decades of teaching experience at all levels and in multiple settings in both China and the United States. She leverages new technologies to enhance her students learning and deliver curriculum.

Among her honors, she was awarded Outstanding Chinese Teacher in America by the Association of Chinese School in America. She also received the Distinguished Service Award from the Capital Region Chinese Culture and Community Center, where she is a board member and past vice president.

Prior to this post, Duan taught Elementary Mandarin I and II at the College of St. Rose.

Duan received her bachelor of arts degree in music from Hunan Normal University in China and her master of science degree in education from the College of St. Rose. She is pursuing her Ph.D. at Beijing Normal University, where she is researching teaching Chinese as a second language, with a focus on student access to Chinese grammar systems.

Clarkson University educates the leaders of the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as an owner, CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. With its main campus located in Potsdam, New York, and additional graduate program and research facilities in the Capital Region and Beacon, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university with signature areas of academic excellence and research directed toward the world's pressing issues. Through more than 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, education, sciences and the health professions, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo and connect discovery and innovation with enterprise.

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