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Qingyan Tian

Qingyan Tian


Luter Hall 217
(757) 594-8292


  • Ph D in Educational Leadership, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • MA in English Language and Literature, Sichuan University (China)
  • BA in Education, Northwest Normal University (China)


Major courses she taught include American culture, British culture, Chinese culture, Southeast Asian Culture and Literature; Leadership Theory, Values Leadership, Leadership Through Ages, Cross-cultural Leadership; and English Listening, Reading, and Writing. Leadership, cross-cultural leadership


Dr. Tian’s areas of expertise include global/cross cultural leadership; cross-cultural communications; higher education leadership focusing on academic presidency; interactions among globalization, culture & leadership; higher education internationalization


Tian Qingyan holds a Ph.D. in educational leadership, organization and policy with a concentration in global studies of higher education and leadership from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Currently, she is a faculty member in leadership studies at Christopher Newport University (CNU). She also serves as the Provost’s Special Assistant for International Outreach at CNU. Prior to joining CNU, she worked as an Associate Professor of English Language & American Studies at Ocean University of China. In addition, she worked as a consultant for public and private sectors in China and United States on global executive training, China-US collaboration, and higher education internationalization. Organizations she consulted with include UNESCO, IAUP (International Association of University Presidents); Caterpillar, Bayer, John Deere, Ernst & Young, Seagate Technology, Navistar; China Development Bank, Bank of America; University of Illinois, University of Missouri, American Council on Education; and many others. She has worked with many renowned global, national & local leaders in multiple countries including country’s presidents, NGO leaders, government officials, governors, business executives and university presidents. Her Ph.D. dissertation is entitled “Hybrid Leadership: A study of the leadership of nine Chinese university presidents with U.S. experiences. She is now working with Routledge to publish this dissertation as a book. Dr. Tian was the chief editor for two books about American higher education; co-editor for one book about Western Art; and author of numerous articles about West-East teaching methodology, linguistics, and English & American literature. Dr. Tian received her MA in English language and literature with a concentration in American Studies from Sichuan University in China. She was also a translator translating on behalf of distinguished Chinese leaders such as Zhili Chen, Former Minister of Education of China etc.

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