Christina YaoAssistant Professor
Ph.D., Higher, Adult and Lifelong Education, Michigan State University, 2014
M.Ed., Higher Education Administration, Loyola University Chicago, 2002
B.A., Journalism, Marquette University, 2000
Dr. Yao is a qualitative researcher who primarily studies undergraduate and graduate student engagement and learning in higher education. She operationalizes her research focus through three connected topical areas: international/comparative education, teaching and learning, and graduate education. Some current projects include a collaborative study on teaching and learning in Vietnam, the college transition process for international students of Color, and doctoral students’ international research development. Dr. Yao is involved in the leadership of several professional organizations, including the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) and the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES). She also serves on the editorial board for several journals, including the Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, Journal of College Student Development, and Journal of International Students.
Teaching and advising
Dr. Yao teaches courses in Educational Leadership and Higher Education. Courses include master’s courses such as EDAD 832 (Higher Education in America) and EDAD 910 (Higher Education Environments). Dr. Yao also teaches doctoral-level courses, including EDAD 900 (Proseminar in ELHE) and EDAD 983 (Qualitative Methods for Educational Inquiry).
Dr. Yao advises master’s students in Higher Education and doctoral students (Ph.D and Ed.D) in the Educational Leadership and Higher Education specializations of the Higher Education concentration. She looks for students who have a desire to study topics related to underrepresented students, teaching and learning, international higher education, and qualitative research, as well as those who are able to apply practical experiences to scholarly work in their graduate program. While Dr. Yao encourages advisees to develop their own research agendas, some overlap with her own topical areas will be beneficial.
Areas of Expertise:
International Higher Education
Campus Climate for Underrepresented Students
Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
Critical Qualitative Methods