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Zheng-sheng Zhang has taught at SDSU since 1990 and will return to the university for the 2018-19 academic year. Zheng-sheng Zhang has taught at SDSU since 1990 and will return to the university for the 2018-19 academic year.
 


SDSU Professor to Teach at U.S. Air Force Academy

SDSU professor Zheng-sheng Zhang received a Distinguished Visiting Professorship at the United States Air Force Academy.
By Gina Jacobs
 

San Diego State University professor Zheng-sheng Zhang is the recipient of a Distinguished Visiting Professorship at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Zhang, who teaches Chinese in SDSU’s Department of Linguistics and Asian/Middle Eastern Languages, will spend the 2017-18 academic year teaching advanced and special purpose Chinese language courses to cadets at the U.S. Air Force Academy.

“It is an honor to have the opportunity to teach men and women serving our country the valuable language skills that will be of great use during their service,” said Zhang. “I look forward to a very enriching experience.”

Zhang was nominated for the professorship by a former student who used to teach Japanese at the academy.

Zhang has taught at SDSU since 1990 and will return to the university for the 2018-19 academic year.

“At SDSU, I teach a lot of students who are looking to improve the Chinese language skills they learned growing up," Zhang said. “In this new environment, I’ll be teaching a different type of student and hope to gain new perspective on how to better teach my students here at SDSU.”

Zhang obtained his bachelor’s degree in English from Capital Normal University in Beijing, China and his Ph.D. in linguistics from Ohio State University. He has co-authored a book on natural language processing of the Chinese language and is the co-author of the teacher handbooks for "Integrated Chinese," the most used Chinese language textbook in the United States. Since 2009, he has been editor-in-chief of Chinese as a Second LanguageJournal of the Chinese Language Teachers Association, USA.