Prof. Jun LIU

Professor Jun Liu has been appointed as the Rector of City University of Macau since March 1, 2021. Prior to this position, Professor Jun Liu served as Vice President and Vice Provost for Global Affairs, Dean of International Academic Programs and Services, Founding Director of China Center, and Professor of Linguistics at Stony Brook University (2016-2021). He also served as Associate Provost for International Initiatives and Professor of Applied Linguistics at Georgia State University (2011-2016); Assistant Vice President and Professor and Head of the Department of English at University of Arizona (1998-2011).

Professor Liu has distinguished himself by establishing a track record of success in the field of Applied Linguistics, Intercultural Communication and Second Language Acquisition and Teaching. As an international leader in the field of language education, Dr. Liu became the first Asian and nonnative English-speaking President of TESOL International (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, Inc. 2005-2007) and is the recipient of the James E Alatis Award of Outstanding Service to TESOL (2016). He has served as Vice President of TIRF (The International Research Foundation of English Language Education) since 2015; Vice President of TCSOL (Teachers of Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages) (2013-2019), and Board Member of AIEA (Association of International Education Administrators) (2015-2018).

Professor Liu is an internationally renowned educator and scholar. He received his Ph.D. from the Foreign and Second Language Education Program in the College of Education at the Ohio State University in 1996. His research interests include language teaching methodology, sociolinguistics, curriculum development, and intercultural communication. Professor Liu has published more than 20 books and 100 papers and book chapters to date. He led TCSOL in developing ‘Standards for Teachers of Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages’ and published two books related to online English learning and teaching in 2020. A sought-after and motivational speaker, Professor Liu has given close to 200 keynotes, plenary and invited speeches in over 30 countries.

Professor Liu is experienced in higher education administration and management. During his past tenures at four universities in US, Professor Liu made outstanding contributions to sustainable development, including research productivity and educational innovation of Stony Brook University. Professor Liu has forged partnerships with more than 140 world-class universities in over 30 countries through collaboration, study abroad programs, student exchanges, joint research initiatives, and dual degree programs.

Professor Liu believes that CityU will seize this historic opportunity to develop higher education in Macau, adhere to the ethos of a metropolitan university that is rooted in the culture and values of the city and region it inhabits, and cultivate more young talent with both patriotism and a global outlook. The University will uphold the founders’ educational philosophies, pursue the core values of “Humanistic CityU” and “Liberal CityU,” strive for strategic and sustainable development, and make great efforts to become a robust metropolitan university that mingles Chinese and Western cultures, all while remaining grounded in providing a solid liberal arts education with market-driven interdisciplinary programs, exceling in innovative and applied academic research, and seeking excellence on a global scale.  City University of Macau will actively participate and contribute towards the long-term strategic development of the SAR government, and endeavor to building the University into a metropolitan university with international competitiveness.


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