Adjunct Professor of Chinese
Pei-ni (Penny) Causarano, a native of Taiwan, received her Ph.D. in Educational Linguistics from the University of New Mexico. Before joining UMW in 2015, she taught Chinese language and culture and ESL on all levels at various universities and public schools for more than 15 years. She also serves as a clinical supervisor and research mentor in the College of Education. Dr. Causarano has interdisciplinary research interests in studying language acquisition in linguistically and culturally diverse populations, language pedagogy, thought and language, and computer-assisted language learning. She has published and presented papers at national conferences, such as ACTFL/CLTA, AAAL, and AERA.
Hongbo (Hope) Tang
Adjunct Instructor/ Language Coordinator
Hongbo (Hope) Tang is a native Chinese speaker. She received two Master degrees in History from Northwest University (1993) and East Tennessee State University (2007). In total Hope has 14+ years of extensive coursework and academic experience in Chinese language, history and culture in Chinese/American colleges and private language schools. She has been teaching beginning/intermediate Chinese courses (101, 102, 201, and 202) at UMW for 4 years.
Hope has had 14 journal papers published in Chinese or English and currently teaches Chinese for Hope Chinese School at Fairfax County, and is assisting on editing an English-Chinese journal The Voice of Han .