Hu selected for Outstanding Woman of Color award

August 15, 2013

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Dr. Yuanyuan Hu

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — Dr. Yuanyuan Hu, associate professor, specializing in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, has been selected for the 2013 UW System Outstanding Woman of Color award.

“I am honored to receive this award,” said Hu. “It means a great deal to be recognized in this way.”

Hu has been directing the undergraduate TESOL program since fall 2007 and coordinating the Master of Science in education/English education (China) program since January 2011. She has also been a steering committee member for English as a second language in the Platteville Area Literacy Council since fall 2010. She is currently responsible for developing the curriculum for the English language program that aims to serve prospective international students at UW-Platteville.

Hu’s research areas include TESOL, language education policy, world Englishes, bilingual education, and second language writing. Under her guidance, Hu’s TESOL students have been providing volunteer English services to speakers of other languages at UW-Platteville as well as in school districts and communities in Southwest Wisconsin, northern Illinois and eastern Iowa.

“As the speaker of an unusual form of the Wu dialect in China, who is also part of the Han majority, and wound up specializing in TESOL in a country where English is the ‘power language,’ she knows the issues connected to language and power and speaks to them from a variety of national and international perspectives,” said Dr. Teresa Burns, chairperson of the UW-Platteville Humanities Department and Dr. Kory Wein, associate dean in the UW-Platteville College of Liberal Arts and Education, in their joint letter of recommendation for Hu. “The teachers that Dr. Hu has trained will be impacting and improving the lives of students in K-12 schools, and the majority of the students they will serve, should they teach in Wisconsin public schools, are students of color, especially Latino and Asian-American students.”

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has enriched my life since I joined UW-Platteville in fall 2007,” said Hu. “I would especially like to thank my colleagues in the Department of Humanities for their trust and support over the years.”

Hu is a native of the People’s Republic of China. “Her presence in the English program here and her kind demeanor and dedication to students all combine to inspire students whose first language is not English to achieve more than they might have believed possible,” said Burns and Wein.

“I hope we will continue our efforts to make our campus and community a better place for everyone,” said Hu.

Initiated in 1994, the UW System Outstanding Women of Color in Education Award recognizes women of color from throughout the state who have consistently demonstrated their ability to rally diverse forces to advance the agenda of women, who have created positive changes at their institutions or who have demonstrated an understanding of the interplay of family and community and culture in the lives of women of color.

Hu earned a bachelor’s in English education at Hangzhou University in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China in 1994, a master’s in linguistics and applied linguistics at Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China in 1997 and her Ph.D. in English from Purdue University in 2007.

Contact: Dr. Yuanyuan Hu, associate professor of English, (608) 342-1929, huy@uwplatt.edu

Written by: Dan Wackershauser, UW-Platteville University Information and Communications, (608) 342-1194, wackersd@uwplatt.edu

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