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Li Appointed First Associate Dean of Global Programs

August 16, 2011

International educator and scholar Luchen Li has been chosen as Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology's first associate dean of global programs. 

     Li Luchen
 

Li, Luchen

In this role, Li will lead the charge toward a more globally-focused educational experience, reaching out to increase international collaboration, and fostering a culturally-enhanced worldview to Rose-Hulman students, faculty and staff members.

Li comes to Rose-Hulman after developing and implementing global strategies as director of international programs at Kettering University in Flint, Mich.  Under Li's leadership, Kettering built international partnerships for collaborative research, recruitment, study abroad, student exchange and cross-cultural training.  His contributions helped transform Kettering's international programs by integrating global education into its academic curriculum, faculty research and student experience.

"Dr. Li brings a vast wealth of experience in the area of international programs to Rose-Hulman.  I have no doubt that he will provide the leadership necessary to coordinate, enhance and expand the global opportunities for our students," said Phillip Cornwell, Rose-Hulman's vice president of academic affairs.

Li said he hopes to build upon Rose-Hulman's reputation as a leader in undergraduate engineering, science, and math education and help it become the best college for global learning experiences.

"This will prepare Rose-Hulman students with the cultural skills and mindset to change the world," Li stated.

Li is an internationally recognized Steinbeck scholar in American Literature.  He earned his bachelor's degree in English from China's Hebei Teachers University, and followed with a master's degree in English Literature from China's Suzhou University.  He earned a doctorate in Modern American Literature from the University of Oregon, where he also studied international business strategy, organizational behavior, marketing and finance.  He recently attended the Institute for Management and Leadership in Education at Harvard University.  

Li has more than 20 years of teaching experience at American colleges.  His major publications include John Steinbeck: A Documentary Volume (2005), Critical Companion to John Steinbeck (2005) and John Steinbeck's Global Dimensions (2009).  He also has written numerous book chapters and articles.