Christina Yao

Assistant 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

Professional Highlights

Honors and Recognition
Loyola University Chicago School of Education Distinguished Alumni Award, November 2018OLC 2017 Effective Practice Award, Online Learning Consortium, November 2017
2014-present, Assistant Professor, Educational Administration, College of Education and Human Sciences, University of Nebraska–Lincoln2009-2014, Graduate Assistant, Department of Educational Administration, College of Education, Michigan State University2008-2009, Assistant Director of Residential Life, Department of Residential Life, Washington University in St. Louis2006-2008, Assistant Director of Residence Life for Training and Development, Department of Residence Life and Student Housing, Southern Methodist University2002-2006, Residential College Director, Department of Residential Life, Washington University in St. Louis
Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE)American Educational Research Association (AERA)Comparative and International Education Society (CIES)