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Lecturer of English

Assistant Professor

Department of General Education



2005 - 2011         Ph.D. ESOL/Bilingual Education Program, School of Teaching and Learning (STL)University of Florida (UF), Gainesville, Florida, USA

2002 - 2004         Master of Education Secondary English Education  Georgia Southern University (GSU), Statesboro, Georgia, USA

1996 - 2000         Bachelor of ArtsEnglish Language Sichuan International Studies University (SISU), Chongqing, China


Teaching in the U.S.

05/2011 – 07/2011   School of Teaching and Learning (STL), University of Florida Instructor [1] Taught TSL5325 (online course): “TSL 5325: ESOL Strategies for the Content     Area Teacher”

01/2011 – 05/2011   School of Teaching and Learning (STL), University of Florida

08/2009 – 05/2010   Instructor

08/2006 – 05/2008   Taught TSL3526 (blended course): “ESOL Foundations: Language and  Culture in Elementary Classrooms”

08/2010 – 12/2010   Department of Languages, Literatures & Cultures, University of Florida

08/2009 – 12/2009   Teaching assistant CHI 1130 Beginning Chinese 1                 

05/2009 – 07/2009   School of Teaching and Learning (STL), University of Florida Teaching assistant TSL6440 ESOL Testing and Evaluation

01/2008 – 05/2008   Hua-Gen Chinese School, Gainesville, Florida Instructor Taught beginning Chinese

01/2003 – 05/2003    ESL class of Latino Outreach and Research Office, Georgia Southern University Teaching assistant

§   Assisted teaching English to Latino adults

Teaching in China

07/2013 – Present     South University of Science and Technology of China, China

02/2014 – Present     Head of English Teaching & Research Group

§  Formulate and monitor the academic planning, development and performance of the group Assistant Professor

§  Teach College English

02/2012 – 07/2013   School of Natural Sciences and Humanities, Harbin Institute of Technology  Shenzhen Graduate School, China Associate Professor                      

§  Taught master students and doctoral students academic English writing

10/2011 – 01/2012    School of Applied Foreign Languages, Shenzhen Polytechnic, China Lecturer                       

§  Taught non-English majors College English at night school (5 classes)

02/2005 – 07/2005    School of Continuing Education, Shenzhen Polytechnic, China Lecturer                       

§  Taught non-English majors College English at night school (3 classes)

§  Taught New International Business English to English majors (1 class)

10/2004 – 07/2005   School of Applied Foreign Languages, Shenzhen Polytechnic, China Lecturer

§  Taught College English (Compulsory course for 4 classes)

§  Taught College English Test Band 4 (Selective course for 1 class) Lecturer   

§  Taught English Reading for English majors in self-study examination

§  Taught Public English Test Band 4 (PET Band 4)

10/2004 – 02/2005    Shenzhen Cambridge Bilingual Experimental Kindergarten Consultant & Supervisor

§   Designed curriculum

§   Supervised Chinese-English bilingual teaching

§   Trained teachers in English teaching methods


2015              Principal Researcher

                  Project: An Exploration of Teaching Public Speaking in College Using “Flipped Classroom Model” and MOOCs (Higher education reform research project approved and supported by Department of Education of Guangdong Province) 

                  Co-researchers: Dr. Liu Lisha and Dr. Hu Yuxiu, South University of Science and Technology of China

2012 – 2014        Principal Researcher

                  Project: “Chinese Doctoral Students' Blended Learning Experience in An                      Academic English Writing Course”

             Co-researcher: Dr.Vasa Buraphadeja, Assumption University of Thailand

2011 – 2013        Research Assistant

                  Project: “How Early Childhood Teachers Transform Themselves into Teachers-as-Researchers”

                  Supervisor: Dr. Xuesong Wang, Texas A&M International University

2011 – 2012        Research Assistant 

                  Project: “Working Memory in Reading Different Scripts: A Comparison between Reading Logographic Chinese and Alphabetic English”     

                  Supervisor: Dr. Xuesong Wang, Texas A&M International University 

2008 – 2009        Panel Researcher

                  Project: “View Multilingualism from an international perspective”

                  Supervisor: Dr. Ester de Jong, University of Florida  

2007 – 2008        Volunteer Researcher

                  Project: “Language and Culture Load in Assessments with ESOL Students”

                  Supervisor: Dr. Maria Coady, University of Florida

01/2007 – 05/2007   Research Assistant

                  Project: “Perceptions of Preservice Teachers of Learning in a Blended Course   Environment”

                  Supervisor: Dr. Maria Coady, University of Florida

01/2006 – 05/2006   Research Assistant

                  Project: “Preservice Teachers’ Awareness of ESL Students’ Language and Cultural Experience”

                  Supervisor: Dr. Maria Coady, University of Florida


Book Chapters

Li, Z., Chiu, C.-C., & Coady, M. (2014). The transformative power of gaming literacy: What can we learn from adolescent English language learners’ literacy engagement in World of Warcraft (WoW)? In H.R. Gerber, S. S. Abrams, & M. Burgess (Eds.). Bridging literacies in videogames (pp. 129-152). Rotterdam, the Netherlands: Sense Publishers.

Li, Z., Liu, F., & Boyer, J. (2008). Amusing minds for joyful learning through e-gaming. In R. d. C. V. Marriott & P. L. Torres (Eds.), Handbook of research on e-learning methodologies for language acquisition. Hershey, Pennsylvania: IGI Global.

Manuscripts in Preparation

Li, Z., & Chiu, C.-C. (under review). Doctoral students’ attitudes and beliefs towards blended learning in an English as a foreign language (EFL) writing course. 2016 World Education Research Yearbook.

Tang, Z., Li, Z., Xue, S., Zhu, Q., & Chen, X. (under review). Determining similarities and differences in drivers for perceived heavy metal soil contamination risk between high-exposed and low-exposed inhabitants: The roles of knowledge, social trust, optimism, and pessimism. Journal of Risk Research.

Coady, M., Li, Z. & Bhatti, U. (in preparation). Does disruptive technology disrupt?

Undergraduate student attitudes towards blended course format in a teacher preparation program.

Jong, E. d., Li, Z., Wu, C.-h., & Zafar, A. (in preparation). Exploring the "language as resource" orientation: International perspectives.

10/2004 – 04/2005    Shenzhen Caizhi Training Center


Finalist of Association for Academic Women Madelyn Lockhart Dissertation Fellowship, 2010. $1, 000.

The International Research Foundation for English Language Education (TIRF) Doctoral Dissertation Grant, 2009. $5,000

University of Florida Alumni Graduate Fellowship Award (2005-2009)


University of Florida (UF), Gainesville, Florida

School of Teaching and Learning (STL) Travel Grant, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

The Department of Housing and Residence Education Multicultural Student Award, 2010

Graduate Student Council Travel Grant, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010

The Office of Research Travel Grant, 2009, 2011

Sanibel Leadership Travel Grant, 2008

Sunshine State TESOL of Florida Conference Participation Grant, 2008


Georgia Southern University (GSU), Statesboro, Georgia

Honor Student in College of Education, 2004

Honor for contributions to GSU as a graduate assistant, 2003-2004

Honor for Invited Professional in Seminar of International Students Affairs, 2004

Honor for volunteer service in ESOL classes, 2004


Sichuan International Studies University (SISU), Chongqing, China

Excellent Graduate in Sichuan International Studies University, 2000

Advanced Individual in 1999 Social Service & Youth Volunteers Activity of University Students in Chongqing, 1999 

The first-class scholarship, SISU, Chongqing, China, 1998, 1999, 2000   

The second-class scholarship, SISU, Chongqing, China, 1997   

The first-prize of Social Service Report, SISU, Chongqing, China, 1998, 1999

The third-prize of Social Service Report, SISU, Chongqing, China, 1997

Research Fields

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