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Student course evaluations—- how they are used for reappointment, tenure and promotion and for formative evaluation of teaching

Abstract: The Spring semester is coming to an end and many faculty members may feel concern about their course evaluations. Katherine Robertson, Director of Faculty Advancement will kick off by discussing how course evaluations are used for tenure and promotion. Ying Xiong, Associate Dean of Assessment will introduce how the course evaluations will administered with the new WatermarkTM System, and how they are used for university assessment. Last but not least, Marcia France, Dean of Undergraduate Studies will talk about using them for formative assessment of one’s own courses.



Marcia France, Dean of Undergraduate Studies

Katherine Robertson, Director of Faculty Advancement

Ying Xiong, Associate Dean of Assessment Office


Date and Time: 12-1 pm, April 15th (Friday)





Planning for a Sabbatical —- The Importance of Good Planning for Making the Most of your Sabbatical Opportunity

Abstract: DKU has a pre-tenure sabbatical policy and is in the process of developing a post tenure sabbatical policy. All sabbaticals are a precious opportunity and if you’re contemplating a pre-tenure sabbatical, you’ll only be able to take one. A poorly planned sabbatical that ends up being unfulfilling and unproductive is a waste. However, a well-planned sabbatical can benefit your scholarship and professional development for years. James Miller, Jason Gainous and Marcia France will share their experiences (good and bad) of their past sabbaticals as well as some tips on how to plan an effective sabbatical. This workshop is open to all and will be beneficial to tenured faculty as well as tenure track faculty.


Host: Katherine Robertson, Director of Faculty Advancement



  • Floyd Beckford, Professor of Chemistry
  • Marcia France, Dean of Undergraduate Studies
  • Jason Gainous, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies
  • James Miller, Professor of Humanities




Faculty Development Workshop– Appropriate Use of Research Funding

Jing BAI from Research Support Office, Xiaoting FU from Office of Procurement and Xian ZHU from Office of Finance will present on “Appropriate Use of Research Funding — Accessing and Spending Your External and Internal Funding”.

*Attendance is expected if you are a PI of active research projects.

Nov 5th , 9:30 am-10:30 am Beijing time

Venue: AB 3107 (on-site only) refreshment and snacks will be served before the workshop

2021.11.05 ORS – Appropriate Use of Research Funds

Appropriate Use of Research Funding-Procurement

Faculty Development Workshop– Promoting Personal Wellness

Kimberly Blackshear, Director of Time Away Office from Duke University presented on “Promoting Personal Wellness—balancing work& life, handling anxiety, and keeping socially connected under Covid-19”


September 9th, 9 am-10 am Beijing time/ September 8th, 9 pm – 10 pm EST


Abstract: Everyone in the world is living under pressure, and lately various stress is being built up under Covid-19. Some DKU faculty are suffering stress from teaching online, balancing work and life, struggling with language barrier while living in a foreign country, and being apart from their loved ones who remain overseas. In this presentation, Kimberly will share with you triggers of anxiety, five dimensions of well-being, and how to promote personal wellness.



Secondary Traumatic Stress Education Guide 03.26.20

Bride Article for STS Scale Scoring


Junior Faculty Research Seminar Series-06

Xin ZHANG, Assistant Professor of Chinese Language and Intercultural Communication is scheduled to give a seminar in March (see below). Please email if you want to get the Zoom link.

Presentation date& time: March 25 (Thursday) 20:00-21:00 Beijing Time via Zoom
• 30mins presentation
• 30mins Q&A

Being able to function in a Chinese workplace is what many learners of Chinese as a Second Language (CSL) report as their long-term motivation and the ultimate goal of learning Chinese language and culture. Yet few empirical studies have investigated CSL learners at the most sophisticated level to understand what leads to and constitutes their multilingual experience and identity co-construction as a foreign professional in modern Chinese workplace. The project examines foreign professionals (including academians) with advanced Chinese skills working in a multilingual environment in China where being able to use Mandarin is integral to the subjects’ professional standing and performance. Engaging the current debate over a “multilingual/multicultural turn” in fields concerning language learning and development as well as intercultural engagement, this project adopts, and contributes to the theorization of, Third-Space personae as a key analytical notion in understanding the negotiated and co-constructed nature of selfhood/identity in multilingual and intercultural interactions.

This paper focuses on the ways race and native-speakerness as well as their ideological manifestation in a Chinese context interfere with selfhood/identity negotiation of heritage and non-heritage (white) CSL speakers. We examine if and how Third-Space personae mediate the racialized expectations of these foreign professionals in multilingual Chinese workplaces.

  • Zhu Hua, Professor and Chair of Educational Linguistics, University of Birmingham
  • Xiaobin Jian, Associate Professor of Chinese, The Ohio State University 

Junior Faculty Research Seminar Series-05

Horvath Gergely, Assistant Professor of Economics is scheduled to give a seminar to introduce his research concept (see below). Please email if you want to get the Zoom link.

Presentation date& time: March 12 (Friday) 9:30-10:30am Beijing Time via Zoom

• 9:00 -9:30 presentation
• 9:30-10:00 Q&A

In an online experiment, we study the effectiveness of policy interventions in reducing the impact of behavioral biases on the job search. Due to the present bias, individuals set a lower search effort and a lower reservation wage than the optimal values, while the sunk-cost fallacy makes individuals reduce their reservation wage over the search spell. We compare the effects of search cost reduction and nudging on alleviating these biases. We find that search cost reduction increases the investment in the search effort and the individual welfare but not the reservation wage. Conversely, nudging increases the reservation wage, but not the investment in search effort or individual welfare. Furthermore, we show that both search cost reduction and nudging are effective in alleviating the impact of sunk-cost fallacy on the choice of the reservation wage. Our results suggest that behavioral interventions should be part of active labor market policies.

  • Andrew Schotter, Professor of Economics, NYU

Junior Faculty Research Seminar Series-04

Benjamin Anderson, Assistant Professor of Global Health is scheduled to give a seminar to introduce his study proposal in February (see below). Please email if you want to get the Zoom link.

Presentation date& time: February 26 (Friday) 9:30-10:30 am Beijing Time via Zoom
• 30mins presentation
• 30mins Q&A

Pork production in China is rapidly increasing and swine production operations continue to expand to meet demand. Disease outbreaks can readily threaten these production sites resulting in large economic losses. Recent disease examples include porcine epidemic diarrheal virus (PEDV), highly pathogenic porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV), porcine circovirus 2 (PCV2), and African Swine Fever Virus (ASFV). The movement of pathogens between humans and animals (zoonoses) also pose a unique challenge for disease control in swine production settings. Surveillance within swine farms can be an effective approach for the early identification of new disease threats and the mitigation of transmission before broad dissemination among a herd occurs. However, due to being moderately invasive, standard surveillance practices might not always be feasible as they may disrupt normal production operations. Furthermore, the cost of conducting surveillance, particularly in large-scale settings, could also be a barrier to its routine implementation. Non-invasive environmental bioaerosol sampling could be an effective and affordable approach for conducting routine surveillance in farms, providing an additional tool for farmers to protect their animals and themselves from new disease threats.

In this proposed two year prospective epidemiological study, we aim to 1) use a novel bioaerosol sampling approach to determine the prevalence of known swine pathogens; 2) apply a pathogen discovery algorithm to identify new disease threats; 2) evaluate the transmission dynamics of detected pathogens by comparing bioaerosol sampling, with water, fecal slurry, and surface sampling data; 4) characterize zoonotic transmission risk of detected pathogens by also studying swine worker sera and nasal wash samples.

  • Greg Gray, Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases;Duke-NUS Medical School, Singapore Professor, Program in Emerging Infectious Diseases”, Duke
  • Charlie Nunn, Gosnell Family Professor in Global Health, Duke
  • Chris Woods, Duke
  • L Gayani Tillekeratne Assistant Professor of Medicine
  • Gavin Smith, Professor & Interim Director | Programme in Emerging Infectious Diseases, Duke-NUS
  • Lijing Yan, DKU
  • Jim Junfeng Zhang, Duke
  • Patrick Casey James B. Duke Distinguished Professor of Pharmacology and Cancer Biology, Duke-NUS

DKU Internal Fund Info. Session in SS/AH

This is to announce a DKU Internal Fund Info Session in AH/SS Fields on Jan 29 Fri. This session invites center directors to share the funding information that supports faculty research, academic events, and other activities in AH/SS fields. They will also cover some funding opportunities in the past or plans in the near future. If you are interested, please mark this event on your calendar and attend in person( if you can) for a better discussion with the panelists and faculty in your field. Look forward to seeing you there.

Venue: IB2050
Time: 2021/1/29 Fri. 9-10am Beijing
Zoom link for remote attendees: email to get access

*Here’s the link to previous funding workshops.

Junior Faculty Research Seminar Series-03

Yu WANG, Assistant Professor of Sociology is scheduled to give a seminar to introduce her research concept in December (see below). Please email if you want to get the Zoom link.

Presentation date& time: Dec. 10 9am-10am Beijing time / Dec. 9 8pm – 9pm EST via Zoom
• 30mins presentation
• 30mins Q&A

Unpaid care work in the private sphere remains to be gendered, with women spending more hours in care work than men. The conventional economic dependency perspective attributes this gender difference in unpaid care work to the exchange between the husband’s income and wife’s performance of care work, revealing the specialization nature of the family. Some other explanations supplement the dependency perspective with the time availability approach highlighting a barter of time between spouses rather than economic resources. Though clearly stated, previous research focused on how work hours reduce individual’s care work, failing to test the barter of time between spouses. Using data from 2010 the Chinese Family Panel Studies, this article examines the economic dependency perspective by gender and explores the effect of relative paid working hours on husband’s and wife’s unpaid care work in urban China. The results show a gendered explanation of care work. For wives, the time of care work is explained by the relative hours in paid work between spouses. As the husband works longer hours than the wife, wife’s care time tends to increase rapidly. The devoted wife who spends more hours at work than their husband tends to compensate their gender deviance by doing more care work. For husbands, the economic dependency is more predicative of husband’s hours in care work.

  • Ralph Litzinger, Professor of Cultural Anthropology Melanie Manion, Duke
  • Vor Broker, Family Distinguished Professor of Political Science Duke; Co-Director Center for the Study of Contemporary China DKU 

Meet with experienced, successful NSSFC winners

陈霜叶Shuangye Chen (professor and associate director of the Institute of Curriculum and Instruction at East China Normal University) and 段颖Ying Duan (Associate professor of Anthropology, Sun Yat-sen University. 世界海外华人研究学会ISSCO International Society for the Studies of Chinese Overseas: Director of China Office) will offer an experience sharing session on November.

Presentation date& time:

  • Friday 11/27 9-10:30 am Beijing Time
  • IB2050 or join via Zoom: 962 8149 9722

*NSSFC stands for National Social Science Fund of China

Speaker’s Slides

->Shuangye CHEN

->Ying DUAN

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