Beijing Normal University
College of St. Rose
Human Normal University
Dr. Sherri Duan is the Director of the Chinese Language Master of Arts in Teaching program at Clarkson University’s Capital Region Campus, where she teaches Chinese Grammar & Linguistics, and Curriculum and Methods in Teaching Chinese. Dr. Duan also provides supervision to Chinese Language resident teachers during their full-year teaching residencies in area schools.
Dr. Duan works with colleges, universities, and the local Chinese speaking community to recruit prospective MAT students. She also works with universities in China to share information about the program with interested candidates. Prior to joining Clarkson University, Dr. Duan taught Elementary Mandarin I and II at the College of St. Rose. Dr. Duan received her Master of Science degree in Education from the College of St. Rose in Albany, New York and her Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Hunan Normal University in China. She earned her Ph.D. at Beijing Normal University where she was researching teaching Chinese as a second language, with particular attention given to student access to Chinese grammar systems. Dr. Duan is the Editor of Journal of Research on Chinese Language Teaching.
In 2002, she was awarded "Outstanding Chinese Teacher in America" by the Association of Chinese School in America. She also received the Distinguished Service Award in 2012 from the Capital Region Chinese Culture and Community Center. Currently, Dr. Duan serves on the board of, and was the former Vice President of the Capital Region Chinese Community Center.
Duan, S. X. (2012). Dowty's "Thematic Proto-Roles and Argument Selection" Theory and Its Reference in Chinese Language Publications. Linguistics and Applied linguistics Research, Vol. 3, China Social Sciences Publishing House.
Duan, S. & Snyder, C. (2015) Constructivist and Contextualized Approaches to Chinese Language Teaching. Fifth International Conference on Teaching Chinese Language at the Masters Level, East China Normal University, Shanghai, China.
Duna, S. & Xiang, R. (2017). The Use of Etymology in Instructing Chinese Characters in U.S High School. Journal of Research on Chinese Language Teaching Vol.2.
Duan, S. (2018). Research on "Jiang" Constructions from pre-Qin to Sui-Tang Dynasties. Nankai University Press