Yong Zhao, Ph.D

School of Education - Educational Leadership & Policy Studies
Foundation Distinguished Professor
Primary office:
Joseph R. Pearson Hall
University of Kansas
1122 W. Campus Rd.
Lawrence, KS 66045
Second office:
Summerfield Hall



Yong Zhao is a Foundation Distinguished Professor in the School of Education at the University of Kansas. He is also a professorial fellow at the Mitchell Institute for Health and Education Policy, Victoria University in Australia. He previously served as the Presidential Chair and Director of the Institute for Global and Online Education in the College of Education, University of Oregon, where he was also a Professor in the Department of Educational Measurement, Policy, and Leadership. His works focus on the implications of globalization and technology on education. He has published over 100 articles and 30 books, including Counting What Counts: Reframing Education Outcomes (2016), Never Send a Human to Do a Machine’s Job: Correcting Top 5 Ed Tech Mistakes (2015),Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Dragon: Why China has the Best (and Worst) Education System in the World (2014), Catching Up or Leading the Way: American Education in the Age of Globalization (2009) and World Class Learners: Educating Creative and Entrepreneurial Students (2012). He is a recipient of the Early Career Award from the American Educational Research Association. He is an elected fellow of the International Academy for Education.

Until December, 2010, Yong Zhao was University Distinguished Professor at the College of Education, Michigan State University, where he also served as the founding director of the Center for Teaching and Technology, executive director of the Confucius Institute, as well as the US-China Center for Research on Educational Excellence.

Zhao was born in China’s Sichuan Province. He received his B.A. in English Language Education from Sichuan Institute of Foreign Languages in Chongqing, China in 1986. After teaching English in China for six years, he came to Linfield College as a visiting scholar in 1992. He then began his graduate studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1993. He received his A.M. in Education in 1994 and Ph.D. in 1996. He joined the faculty at MSU in 1996 after working as the Language Center Coordinator at Willamette University and a language specialist at Hamilton College.

Education

Ph.D., Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

AM, Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

B.A., Language Education, Sichuan International Studies University

Research

Ph. D. in Educational Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1996.

AM. in Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1994.

BA. in English Language Education, Sichuan International Studies University, 1986.

Work Experiences

1. August 18 2016-Present, Foundation Distinguished Professor, School of Education, University of Kansas.

2. December, 2010-June 2016, Presidential Chair, Weiman Professor of Technology, Department of Educational Measurement, Policy, and Leadership, College of Education, University of Oregon.

3. August, 2013-June 2016, Director, Institute for Global and Online Education, University of Oregon

4. December, 2010-August, 2013, Associate Dean, College of Education, University of Oregon.

5. July, 2005—December, 2010, University Distinguished Professor, College of Education, Michigan State University.

6. April 2006—December, 2010, Executive Director, Confucius Institute, Michigan State University.

7. July, 2004—July, 2005 Professor of Technology in Teaching and Learning, Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology, and Special Education, Michigan State University

8. July, 2001—June, 2004 Associate Professor of Technology in Teaching and Learning, Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology, and Special Education, Michigan State University

9. August, 1996 — July, 2001 Assistant Professor of Technology in Teaching and Learning, Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology, and Special Education, Michigan State University

10. January, 2004—Present, Founding Director, US-China Center for Research on Educational Excellence, Michigan State University

11. 1999—Present, Founding Director, Office of Teaching and Technology, College of Education, Michigan State University.

Selected Publications

Zhao, Y. (2016). Counting what Counts: Education Outcomes that Matter, Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree.

Zhao, Y., Tavenger, H., McCaren, E., Rshaid, G., & Tucker, K. (2016). Product-oriented Learning: Redefining Project-based Learning, Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin.

Zhao, Y., Tavenger, H., McCaren, E., Rshaid, G., & Tucker, K. (2016). Schools as Global Enterprises, Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin.

Zhao, Y. (2016). From Deficiency to Strength: Shifting the Mindset about Education Inequality. Journal of Social Issues, 72(4), 716–735.

Zhao, Y., Zhang, G. M., Lei, J., & Wei, Q. (2015). Never Send a Man to Do a Machine’s Job: Redefining the Relationships between Technology and Teachers, Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin.

Zhao, Y., Tavenger, H., McCaren, E., Rshaid, G., & Tucker, K. (2015). Student Autonomy and Personalized Education, Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin.

Zhao, Y. (2015). A World at Risk: An Imperative for a Paradigm Shift to Cultivate 21st Century Learners. Society, 52(1). DOI:10.1007/s12115-015-9872-8

Zhao, Y. (2014). Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Dragon: Why China has the Word’s Best and Worst Education, San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Zhao, Y. (2012). World Class Learners: Educating Creative and Entrepreneurial Students, Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin.


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