Meet the Director - Hangzhou, China


Valparaiso University's administered study abroad programs have resident directors who manage the programs on a day-to-day basis, teach two courses for the students and coordinate group excursions and cultural activities. Since 1990, VU has sent 16 different faculty members, and their families, to the Hangzhou, China program.

The fall 2013 resident director is Professor Zhimin Lin, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Political Science.  Professor Lin received his Bachelor's degree from Fudan University in Shanghai, his Master's degree from Princeton University, and his Ph.D. from the University of Washington. A specialist on China and East Asia, Professor Lin has done extensive research on Chinese Politics and international relations in the Asia-Pacific area. Many of his works have appeared in professional journals and books. Professor Lin is now working on two book projects. One is focused on China's changing central-local relations, and the other is on the prospect of modernization of China's diplomacy. Prof. Lin also serves as Chair of the Chinese and Japanese Studies Program.


Former Resident Directors of the Hanghzou, China Study Center

 Sara Dorow
 1991-1992  John Hazewinkel
 1993, 2001, 2007
 Jim Nelson
 1994-1996  Lin Zhimin
 1997  Yuehua Zhang
 1998  Peter Scholl
 1999  Meng Jianyun
 2000  Stepehn Smith and Linda Lewis
 2002  Rachel Gretencord
 2004  Jennifer Oldstone-Moore
 2005  Dennis Friesen-Carper
 2006  Gregory Hume
 2008  John Ruff
 2009  George Heider
 2010  Carter Hanson
 2011  Kevin Ostoyich