Mr Zhen Zou

Contact Me

CLA Language Center
Room 110 JonesH

27 Pleasant St SE

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: American Studies, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, 2006.


  • Dr. Zhen Zou received his Ph.D. in Cultural Studies from Purdue University. He has been teaching Chinese language and literature at the University of Minnesota since 2000. He has also developed interest in Media Chinese and has been teaching this course to Chinese Flagship students. As UMN’s College in the Schools (CIS) Faculty Coordinator for Chinese, he is charged with recruiting and supervising CIS Chinese teachers in high schools, making sure the CIS Chinese courses maintain the same high standard as equivalent UMN courses. He also organizes and conducts Chinese pedagogy workshops for CIS teachers, and coordinates Field Trips for CIS Chinese students. Dr. Zou has published on American literature, comparative study of Chinese and English languages and literatures, and promoting technology in language instruction.
Courses Taught
  • Accelerated Beginning Modern Chinese, Accelerated Intermediate Modern Chinese, (regular) Beginning Modern Chinese, (regular) Intermediate Modern Chinese, Readings in Chinese Texts (1900-1949), Readings in Chinese Texts (1950-Present), Media Chinese
Research & Professional Activities


  • CIS Faculty Coordinator for Chinese: Recruiting, supervising CIS Chinese teacher in high schools, organizing and conducting CIS Chinese pedagogy workshops, coordinating Field Trips for CIS Chinese students., September, 2001 - Continuous
  • CIS Outstanding Service Award, Fall 2003 - Spring 2004