Dr. Hua Duan

Director of International Relations and International Education
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Vice-Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature (Henan University)
B.A. in Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (Henan Institute of Education)
M.A. in Educational Technology (Johnson University)
M.A. in Linguistics (Liberty University)
Ph.D. in Leadership (Johnson University)

Article: “Double-Burdened Mothers: A Narrative Inquiry Concerning Women Pastors in Contemporary Protestant Churches in Mainland China,” published at The Review of Religion & Chinese Society

Book: Translated Leading Decisively! Leading Faithfully! Reflections and Markers,” by Dr. LeBron Edward Fairbanks, from English to Chinese.


My favorite part about teaching at Johnson is: To influence the young people figuring out their purpose in life and to assist them in identifying right approaches to fulfill the purposes.

When I’m not teaching, I love to: Read, travel, cook

In my classes, students can expect: A relaxing and caring community in which everyone has the equal chance to share, learn, and grow together.

My best advice to a new student in my program is: To those who learn a new language: Learning a new language requires time and discipline. Learning by using is the best approach, but rote memorization is not all bad in learning a language. To those who plan to teach Chinese as a foreign language, be empathetic when setting expectations for your students.

Because of my influence, I most want my students to become: Faithful followers of Jesus Christ who is not only the Creator and the Savior, but also the great Teacher.

The myth-busting truth about my discipline I most want people to understand is: Teaching is not about you, but rather all about your students. Teaching does require some skills, but a heart matters the most.

A quote that influences how I live is: Socrates said, “All I know is that I know nothing.” Luke 6:31: “Do to others as you would have them do to you.” (Confucius preached similarly: “Do not impose on others what you yourself do not desire.”)