Professor of Chinese
Office: (269) 387-6242
816 Sprau Tower, Mail Stop 5333
Department of World Languages and Literatures
Western Michigan University
1903 W. Michigan Ave.
Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5338
MW 1 - 2 p.m.
And by appointment
Ph.D., Applied Linguistics, University of Arizona, 1995
M.A., Oriental Studies, University of Arizona, 1989
M.A., Chinese Linguistics, Graduate College, Northeast Normal University of China, 1981
B.A., Chinese Language and Literature, Northeast Normal University of China, 1976
As a scholar and professor of applied linguistics and Chinese linguistics, Dr. Wang has published over twenty textbooks worldwide as well as three scholarly books, and has translated one book on the Chinese syntactic system, linguistics and second language acquisition. He has also published more than twenty articles and presented over 30 papers at national and international conferences. He served as the department chair of Asian and Middle Eastern Languages at WMU for 4 years from 1999-2003. He also served as founding director of the Confucius Institute at WMU from 2009-2011. In addition, he serves as a visiting professor at Beijing Language and Culture University and other institutions and the faculty director for the study in China programs at WMU. Dr. Wang has also taught at several prestigious summer programs including Middlebury College, University of Indiana at Bloomington, and American Graduate School of International Management at Thunderbird.
Dr. Xiaojun Wang's research interests focus on applied linguistics and second language acquisition. His research has been closely related to his teaching in linking linguistics, the study and science of human language, with language pedagogy, the practical and philosophical approach to second language acquisition. He is also working on acquisition patterns when children learn Chinese and how it impacts their intelligence development.