Carnegie Mellon University

Haixia Wang

Haixia Wang

Senior Lecturer of Chinese Studies


As an active language educator, I have teaching experience in Chinese language and culture courses, for both university and high school students. I also have administrative experience as the Program Coordinator at the Confucius Institute at the University of Pittsburgh. My primary responsibilities include proficiency-based assessment, curriculum design, and pedagogical training.

My teaching experiences significantly enriched my research. My doctoral dissertation, entitled “Integrating Language and Culture through Conceptual Metaphor in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language,” investigated the relationship between language learning and metaphorical concepts, and their implications in foreign language instruction. I believe that it is important to create a learner-centered, interactive and engaging classroom to integrate language, content, and culture through a well-designed curriculum.

For outreach and community services, from 2015-2017, I was invited by the Global Studies Center as the Chinese language instructor for a Pre-College Summer Program: “Going Global: An Exploration of Global Issues.” From 2011 to 2017, I was invited as a guest speaker by the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA) to give presentations to K-12 in-service teachers in Pittsburgh area. As a certified Tester for Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK), I help students to prepare for the tests and apply for study abroad scholarship.

My diverse service activities related to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, and I always keep the enthusiasm for learning new things. In July 2015, I was selected to attend the STARTALK Chinese Teacher Institute at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In 2017, I was invited as the curriculum designer and lead-instructor for a Chinese STARTALK program, which was organized by National Foreign Language Center and sponsored by National Security Agency.


Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh, 2017


Journal articles

  • Wang, H. (2017). Novice teachers’ perceptions of cultural differences in Chinese language teaching, Pennsylvania Language Forum. 87(1), 22-25. 
  • Wang, H. (2016). From Confucian literati to military general: Li Hung Chang’s views of Western technology (1885-1896). Asian Culture and History, 8(2), 155-159.   
  • Liu, G. & Wang, H. (2015). A concept-based instructional design: Introducing Chinese color terms and their metaphorical meanings at the elementary level. Studies in Chinese Learning and Teaching. 1, 40-59.
  • Wang, H. & Liu, G. (2014). Cultural standards in foreign language teaching: An example from thematic unit on Chinese calligraphy. Teaching Chinese in International Contexts, 7-11.
  • Wang, H. & Liu, G. (2014) Differentiated Instruction on Chinese Color Words and Their Cultural Meanings. Pennsylvania Language Forum. 84(1), 30-33. 
  • Liu, G. & Wang, H. (2014). Integrating language and culture: Content-based instruction through digital storytelling for advanced Chinese learners. Journal of Technology and Chinese Language Teaching, 5(2), 19-35.
  • Hartnett, R. & Wang, H. (2014). The aesthetic university, the market university, and the battle for the soul of Beida, Asian Culture and History, 6(1), 83-93.      


  • Liu, Z., Liu, G. & Wang, H. (eds.) (contracted/in preparation). Tales of teachers: Case Studies and reflections from CFL classrooms in North America. Beijing: Beijing University Press.
  • Liu, Y., & Wang, H. (eds.) (2007). Introduction to Media Literacy. Hefei: Hefei University Press. 

Book Chapters and Proceedings

  • Wang, H. (forthcoming). Chinese Songs in Language Teaching: Sentence structure and vocabulary, in Zhigang Liu (ed.), Case Studies of Multimedia Instruction in CFL Education. Beijing: Beijing Language and Culture University Press.
  • Liu, G. & Wang, H. (2014). Digital story telling: Enhancing technology literacy in advanced Chinese courses for college students. In J. Da et al. (Eds.), Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Technology and Chinese Language Teaching. pp. 113-118. Boston: Tufts University.

Courses Taught

82-131 Elementary Chinese I
82-132 Elementary Chinese II
82-231 Intermediate Chinese I
82-137 Chinese Calligraphy, Culture and Skills

Department Member Since: