Shuyan Gao Shiplett is a lecturer in Chinese #


Shuyan Gao Shipplett

Lecturer in Chinese

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999



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Shuyan Gao Shipplett

Lecturer in Chinese

At Knox Since: 2006

From history to culture, language to delicious dumplings, Shipplett shares the rich diversity of her homeland.

Shuyan Gao Shiplett is a lecturer in Chinese

How do your students impact your research or creative work?

I've had students from many countries and diverse backgrounds. It is fascinating to see how this diversity impacts their interpretation of Chinese literature and philosophy. This has challenged me to go back and re-read those books with a more critical and mature eye. Works that I studied 20 years ago seem different and more interesting.

What drew you to Knox College?

Before coming to Knox I taught at a local community college and also worked as an adviser on a Chinese-American joint venture. Knox faculty and students noticed my credentials and some even took my Chinese culture class at the community college. When Knox expanded the Asian Studies department to include Chinese, Professor Matsuda, who took my class, asked me to apply.

What is your most memorable moment at Knox?

There have been a lot of memorable moments, but the most exciting one for me was waiting in line to get tickets to see President Obama's address. My friends and I got up really early and camped out at the ticket office for many hours. It was a tremendous social experience. The actual speech (and shaking his hand twice) was a close second.

If you weren't a professor, you would be a...?

Gardener. I love nature and being outdoors. I like to be active. If I couldn't be a gardener, I would probably be a fitness instructor.

How would you describe academic life at Knox?

Knox faculty are more than just teachers. They are also advisers, mentors, and friends. Students can easily get advice on research, and guidance toward their academic and professional goals.

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