Cynthia Ning is Associate Director of the University of Hawaii’s Center for Chinese Studies, US director of its Confucius Institute, and author of the innovative textbooks Encounters: Chinese Language & Culture Books 1-4 (Yale University Press, 2011, 2012, 2015); co-published beginning in 2013 as 环球汉语by the China International Publishing Group).
She teaches or has taught regular and experimental first- through fourth-year Chinese language courses, a Chinese film course, and an interdisciplinary course on China at the University of Hawai’i. She has been president and executive director of the US-based Chinese Language Teachers Association (CLTA), and president of the Chinese Language Education Association of Hawaii, as well as of the Hawaii Association of Language Teachers. She frequently presents or conducts workshops both nationally and internationally on standards- and task-based language education, and the combination of 21st century skills with language learning.
Since 2008 she has been director and principal investigator for the STARTALK Chinese summer teacher training workshop and student camp funded by the US Department of Defense. She holds a PhD in Chinese literature from the U of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI.