UMD: A Globally Connected University

CIM Staff


Donna L. Wiseman, Ph.D.

Appointed as director of CIM in September 2012, Dr. Wiseman is also dean of the College of Education and professor in the Teaching, Learning, Policy, and Leadership Department. Prior to becoming dean, she was associate dean for academic programs, responsible for student services and advising, international activities, outreach, teacher education, and accreditation.

Dr. Wiseman’s Ph.D. is from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Her research interests include literacy development and instruction, school-university partnerships, teacher development, and equitable access to education. She brings to CIM experience and leadership in advancing international initiatives for the College of Education and the University. Throughout her tenure as dean, she increased the College’s international focus, establishing the Office of International Initiatives (OII) to support priorities related to global education. Under her leadership, the College of Education won an award from Hanban (CLCI) in China to establish the Center for Chinese Language Teacher Certification and Development (CCLTCD) at UMD, to prepare and certify teachers to teach Chinese in PK-12 settings.

Dr. Wiseman has spoken on international education in Europe, Asia, and South America. She participates in the Japan-U.S. Teacher Education Consortium (JUSTEC), an educational organization that pursues academic success and fosters professional networks for growth in both research and teaching practice. She serves on the Board of the International Council for Education on Teaching (ICET), whose mission is to improve educational experiences and outcomes of learners in all parts of the world, and on the Board of Directors of Global Teacher Education (GTE), a foundation established to internationalize teacher education curricula.

Jianxin (James) Cui
Deputy Director & Teacher

Rebecca McGinnis

Rebecca McGinnis manages the non-credit Chinese language courses and all China-related public programs for the Confucius Institute at Maryland. She also serves as associate director for the Center for East Asian Studies (CEAS) at UMD, and previously worked as a China programs coordinator with the Institute for Global Chinese Affairs (IGCA). She received two M.A.s from Ohio State University, one in Asian studies and one in Chinese art history. She studied Chinese language growing up in Malaysia, and has worked with the Freer and Sackler Galleries of the Smithsonian Institution.

Fang Huang
Chinese language teacher

Ms. Huang is from Qingdao, China. She earned her Master's Degree in Education from the University of Groningen, one of the oldest universities in the Netherlands, in 2007. She has been a teacher of English and Chinese for 10 years. Huang is currently working on her Ph.D. in discourse analysis, and her interests include intercultural communication, examining different cultural values, contexts, and their influences on patterns of thinking and speaking, as well as cultural awareness and sensibility.

Jianlei Sun
Chinese language teacher

Ms. Sun is from Chengdu, China. She received her Master's Degree in Applied Linguistics, and has a BA in English. She has taught English and Chinese at the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China (UESTC), in Chengdu, for 14 years.