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Rollins College - China Center
Founded in 2005, the China Center at Rollins College was established by faculty members with an interest in promoting Chinese culture across diverse academic disciplines. Today, the China Center is part of a select network of institutions that promote exchanges, research, and learning/teaching of China.Vission of The China Center
- To promote the College's mission of global citizenship and responsible leadership through educational and cross-cultural exchanges.
- Assist in the establishment of Rollins College as a leader in global education
- Facilitate exchanges, teaching, and learning about China
- Promote China-related research, conferences and speaking engagements
- Partner with external bodies, colleges and universities as well as units within Rollins College to develop educational program
Dr. Ilan Alon
Dr. Alon is a recent recipient of the Chinese Marketing Award, a dual award from the Tripod Marketing Association (China) and the Society for Marketing Advances (USA). He has taught courses in top Chinese MBA programs including Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Fudan University, and China Europe International Business School. He is also an international business consultant, with experience in China as well as other countries, and a featured speaker in many professional associations.
Ilan Alon is George D. and Harriet W. Cornell Chair of International Business, Director of The China Center at Rollins College, and Visiting Scholar and Asia fellow at Harvard University. Dr. Alon teaches undergraduate and graduate courses relating to International Business management and marketing at Rollins College. He also has significant executive and MBA education and consulting experiences in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and America. Among his recent books are Chinese Entrepreneurs, China Rules, Globalization of Chinese Enterprises, Service Franchising: A Global Perspective, Business Education and Emerging market Economies: Perspectives and Best Practices, and Chinese Economic Transition and International Marketing Strategy.
Dr. Tom Lairson
Thomas Lairson a Professor of Political Science, the Gelhman Professor of International Business, and Director of International Studies Center at Rollins College. He teaches courses in Asian Business, Global E-Business, and Asian political economy. Dr. Lairson received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Kentucky. He also holds a Bachelor in Science (BS) in Economics from the University of Kentucky. He is particularly interested in technology and Asian business environments. In addition, Dr. Lairson was the first Ford Foundation Professor of International Relations at the Institute for International Relations in Hanoi, Vietnam.
Dr. Lairson has spent significant time abroad, especially in Asia. In particular, he has taken research trips to Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, Hong Kong, and the United Kingdom. He has also conducted several field studies for Rollins students to destinations such as Vietnam, Malaysia, and Singapore. In addition, Dr. Lairson was a Vietnam Ford Foundation Professor.
- Professor of Political Science; the Gelhman Professor of International Business; Director of International Studies Center at Rollins College
- Department of International Business
Dr. Robert Moore
- Professor of Anthropology; Director of International Affairs, Hamilton Holt School
- Department of Anthropology
Ph.D. University of California at Riverside
Specializations: psychological and linguistic anthropology, political anthropology, youth cultures, and the cultures of East Asia
Yusheng Yao, Ph.D.
Associate Profeesor of History
Yusheng Yao grew up in Beijing, China. As a sixth grader, he welcomed the Cultural Revolution when it started in 1966 because it relieved his worry about the upcoming examination for entering middle school. Like millions of the Chinese youth of his generation, Yao was sent to the countryside during the Cultural Revolution, where he worked in the fields at first and later on as a carpenter. Without opportunity for school education and ample time to kill in his spare time, Yao began to study English by himself in 1972. When the national examination for college was restored in 1978 after Deng Xiaoping came to power, Yao entered Peking University. After receiving his B.A. and M.A. degrees in English literature in 1982 and 1984, he had taught in the English Department of Peking University for three years.
Yao came to the United States for graduate study on a Harvard-Yenching scholarship in 1987. He received his M.A. in American Studies in 1992 and Ph.D. in history in 1999 at the University of Minnesota. Yao enjoys teaching at Rollins, where small classes enable him to interact with students in and outside the classroom.
A native of Shanghai, Li Wei received his M.A. and M.Phil. at Columbia University. As an ethnomusicologist-turned language teacher, Li Wei has broad interests in culture, language and music. His research interests include computer-assisted technology in Chinese language teaching, language ideology, globalization and world music, and hybridity. His articles and reviews have appeared in Garland Encyclopedia of World Music, Ethnomusicology, Yearbook of Traditional Music, and Asian Music.
Giselda Beaudin si the Director of International Programs at Rollins Collge. She earned her BA in Comparative Literature with French and Mandarin from Brown University and her Masters in English and Creative Writing from Binghamton University. Giselda has studied abroad in China and Quebec; has lived abroad in France and Italy; and has traveled in Australia, Europe, Central America, South America, the Middle East and Asia. She was Assistant Director of International Programs at Binghamton University before coming to Rollins College and she has extensive experience working with college and high school students as an advisor, tutor, and instructor.
Dr. Susan Cohn Lackman
Professor of Theory and Composition
Areas of Study
- Music Business
- Music Education
- Music Theory
Dr. Lackman is a champion for people seeking their full potential. The closeness she shares with her daughters, one a Rollins grad (A.B.Hon, '00) and attorney, one a “desk” with the State Department and a symphony musician, is her true delight.