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Before Li Li came to the United States for her doctoral work in communication studies, she earned her bachelor's in English language education from Hebei Normal University, and her master's in English language and literature from China University of Mining and Technology in Beijing. She worked for four years as a full-time college lecturer, teaching both traditional and nontraditional students from the local community on the main campus, as well as regional campuses of Beijing Institute of Graphic Communication. She was also the international cooperation program associate, as well as an administrator in charge of international teachers' curriculum development, international faculty training, and more.
Through her work experience, she began to realize that a good interpreter is not only one that deals with languages, but someone who also communicates the cultures resonated in different languages. It also occurred to her how a teacher is just like an interpreter: teachers are constantly in dialogue with their students, negotiating meanings in search of knowledge. Because of this interest, Li applied to the communication studies program at Ohio University to explore further the interface between culture and education. She later obtained a master's degree and a Ph.D. in communication studies from Ohio University in 2009 and in 2012 respectively.
She regards herself as a teacher-scholar; she has taught various communication courses, and has conducted abundant research in instructional communication that focuses on culture, persuasion, and technology.
Courses Teaching: Cross Cultural Communication (COJO 3190); Theory of Language and Society (COJO 3160); Advanced Communication Theory (COJO 3040); Business and Professional Communication (COJO 3010)
Office Hours: Tuesdays and Wednesdays 1:30-3:00 p.m. or by appointment
Best Method of Communication: Email
Research Interests: Instructional communication; intercultural communication; and research methods
Affiliations, Associations, Consultations: International Communication Association; National Communication Association; Central States Communication Association; and Ohio Communication Association
Current Committees: Learning Community Leadership Committee; Social Fund Committee; COJO Department Personnel Committee
Current Publications: Li, L., Ziwoya, F., Black, L., & Hartz-Karp, J. (In Press). Are they doing what they are supposed to do?: Assessing the facilitating process of the Australian Citizens' Parliament. In L. Carson, J. Gastil, J. Hartz-Karp, & R. Lubensky (Eds.), The Australian Citizens' Parliament and the future of deliberative democracy. University Park, PA: Pennsylvania State University Press.
Li, L., Chen, Y. W., & Nakazawa, M. (2013). Voices of Chinese Web-TV audiences: A case of applying Uses and Gratifications theory to examine popularity of Prison Break in China. China Media Research, 9, 63-74.
Li, L., Mazer, J., & Ju, R. (2011). Resolving international teaching assistant language inadequacy through dialogue: Challenges and opportunities for clarity and credibility. Communication Education, 60, 461-478.