Assistant Professor of Chinese

Dept. of World Languages and Cultures,

Iowa State University

3118 F Pearson Hall, Ames, IA 50014


Tel: 515-294-6615 (office)


_     2007 Ph.D., Educational Psychology & Educational Technology, Michigan State University, MI. 

_   2002 M.A., East Asian Languages & Cultures, Univ. of Southern California, CA.

_     1997 M.A., Linguistics & TEFL, Beijing Normal Univ., Beijing, China

_     1992 B.A., English Language & Culture, Hebei Normal Univ., Hebei, China




_    Dept. of World Languages & Cultures, Iowa State Univ., Ames, IA

o    Assistant Professor of Chinese (Spring 2017 – Present)

o    Adjunct Assistant Professor of Chinese (Fall 2011-Spring 2017);

o    Coordinator for the Multi-Section Lower Division Courses in Chinese, (Fall 2011- present)

_     Department of Educational Foundations, Research, & Technology, Winona State Univ, Winona, MN
Assistant Professor (Spring 2008-Fall 2011)

_    Summer Chinese School, Middlebury College, VT 

     Instructor (Summer 2001, 2002)




Refereed Journal Articles


Zhang, S. (submitted). Applying Research-Based Multimedia Design Principles in Designing and Teaching Beginning CFL Learners Ba-Construction Online: A Pilot Study.

Zhang S. (Accepted). A Review of Literature on Preparing Language Teachers to Teach Online: What Is Needed and What Has Been Done? Journal of Technology and Chinese Language Teaching.

Zhang, S. (2016). Learning through a CMC-based tandem project with native speakers: A descriptive study of beginning CFL Learners. Journal of Technology and Chinese Language Teaching, 7(2), 58-81.

Zhang, S. (2016). Killing two birds with one stone – Turning CFL learners into book writers. Chinese as a Second Language, 51(2), 164-190.

Zhang, S. (2016). A blended Chinese-as-a-foreign-language short course - Design and perceptions. International Journal of Computer-Assisted Language Learning and Teaching. 6(2), 35-55.

Zhang, S. (2015). Using authentic multimedia materials and ethnographic interview to improve target culture learning: A preliminary proposal. K-12 Chinese Language Teaching, 1(1), 1-9.

Zhang, S. (2015). Teachers as curators: Curating authentic online content for beginning and intermediate CFL learners. Journal of Chinese Teaching and Research in the U.S. 128-140.

Zhang, S. (2014). An evidence-based practical guide to designing and developing Chinese-as-a-Foreign-Language (CFL) courses online. International Journal of Technology in Teaching and Learning. 10(1), 52-71.

Zhang, S., & Duke, N. K. (2011). The impact of instruction in the WWWDOT framework on students’ disposition and ability to evaluate websites as sources of information. Elementary School Journal, 112(1), 132-154.

Zhang, S., Duke, N. K., & Jimenez, L. (2011). The WWWDOT approach to improving students’ critical evaluation of websites.  The Reading Teacher, 65(2), 148-156.

Zhang, S., & Duke, N. K. (2008). Strategies for Internet reading with different reading purposes: A descriptive study of twelve good Internet readers. Journal of Literacy Research, 40. 128-162.




Scholarly Book Chapters


Zhang, S. (2015). Using Computer-Mediated Communication to Enhance CFL Learners’ Culture Awareness. In Erhenbayaer, J. Yin, L. Ren, & J. Zhao (Eds.), Teaching Chinese and Culture in the International Context (pp. 215-223). Hohhot: Inner Mongolia University Press.

Duke, N. K., Zhang, S., & Morsink, P. M. (2015). Neglected areas of instruction: Bad for print, worse for the Internet. In R. Spiro, M. DeSchryver, M. S. Hagerman, P. M. Morsink, & P. Thompson (Eds.), Reading at a crossroads? Disjunctures and continuities in current conceptions and practices. (148-161). New York: Routledge.

Pressley, M., Duke, N., Gaskins, I. W., Fingeret, L. Halladay, J., Park, Y. H., Mohan, L., Hilden, K., Zhang, S., Reffitt, K., Raphael, L. M., Reynolds, J., Golos, D., Solic, K., & Collins, S. (2008). Working with struggling readers: Why we must get beyond the simple view of reading and visions of how it might be done. In C. R. Reynolds & T. B. Gutkin (Eds.), Handbook of School Psychology (4th ed.) (pp. 522-546). New York: John Wiley & Sons.

Duke, N. K., Schmar-Dobler, E., & Zhang, S. (2006). Comprehension and technology. In M. McKenna, L. Labbo, R. Kieffer, & D. Reinking (Eds.), The International Handbook of Literacy and Technology (pp. 317-326), Volume II. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.




Chapters in Conference Proceedings (Refereed)


Zhang, S. (2014). Using Tongue Twisters to Supplement CFL students’ Pronunciation and Tone Practice. In J. Levis & S. McCrocklin (Eds). Proceedings of the 5th Pronunciation in Second Language Learning and Teaching Conference (pp. 177-181). Ames, IA: Iowa State University.

Zhang, S., & Duke, N. (2008). A Comparative Verbal Protocol Study of Fourth and Fifth Grade Students' Website Evaluation Strategies. In K. McFerrin (Ed.), Proceedings of the Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2008 (pp. 1921-1929). Chesapeake, VA: AACE.




_     China Today (CHIN375), FTF

_     Beginning Chinese (CHIN101), FTF

_     Beginning Chinese (CHIN101), Flipped/Blended

_     Beginning Chinese (CHIN 102), FTF

_     Beginning Chinese (CHIN102), Flipped/Blended

_     Intermediate Chinese (CHIN 201), FTF

_     Intermediate Chinese (CHIN 201), Flipped/Blended

_     Intermediate Chinese (CHIN202), FTF

_     A Short Course for Engineering Students, Survival Chinese (Blended), Blended

_     Principles and Practices of Flexible and Distance Education (CI507) (Online)

_     Principles and Practices of Flexible and Distance Education (CI407) (Online)

  Integrating Digital Technology in Secondary Classroom (CI202)




_  ELO Course Development Grants (Fall 2016, Spring 2017, Fall 2017), Iowa State University

_  SVPP Professional Development Award (2014, 2015, 2016), Iowa State Provost Office.

_  Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Scholars Program (2015; 2017), Iowa State University.

_ LAS Small Grant, Iowa State University (2015; 2017), Iowa State University.

_  Foreign Travel Grant (2015). Iowa State University.

_  Chinese Language Teachers Association (CLTA), Study Abroad Site Visit Award (2015).

_  Internationalizing the Freshman Experience Grant (2011, with Dr. T. Li), Iowa State University.