LAS Faculty

Jim C. Li

Associate Professor, Chair

Department: Liberal Arts and Sciences

Areas: General Education

Dr. Chunlin Li holds a Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego and an M.A. from Peking University, China. He specializes in Chinese-Western comparative literature and intellectual history. Courses he has offered range from Chinese Literature, English Literature, and World Literature to the Making of the Modern World. He joined the LAS faculty of Fei Tian College in 2011 and is currently the department Chair.

Shujia Gong

Associate Professor

Department: Liberal Arts and Sciences

Areas: General Education

Dr. Shujia Gong is a prolific writer, a gifted communicator, and a scholar of Chinese history and culture, under the pen name Tianliang Zhang. He produced a series of history lectures A Grand View of Chinese History (笑談風雲, 100+ hours in total), which covers the major figures and events from Chinese antiquity to the end of the Ming Dynasty (1644 AD).

He was a keynote speaker in Discussions on the Chinese Communist Party Culture (漫談黨文化), a 27-episode talk show, with New Tang Dynasty Television, which potentially reached tens of millions of viewers in mainland China due to its secret but wide distribution. He published a novel Transcending the Mortal World (出塵, 2003) and China’s Path of Peaceful Transition (中國的和平轉型之路, 2010), a collection of political and cultural commentaries. He also co-authored several other influential books.

He is the host of the YouTube channel “Tianliang Time” (天亮時分), which has garnered 100+ million views in the past three years. He covers a variety of topics, including politics, the economy, international relations, public policy, history, religion, culture, etc. He is also a film producer, a screenwriter, and a lyric writer.

Dr. Gong holds a Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from George Mason University (2007). He was also a contributor to Voice of America and Radio Free Asia, and a chief commentator for the Epoch Times. He joined the LAS faculty of Fei Tian College in 2011.

Kaishin Yen

Associate Professor

Department: Liberal Arts and Sciences

Areas: General Education

Kaishin Yen holds a Master of International Affairs (M.I.A.) from Columbia University and a B.A. from Reed College. At Fei Tian, she specializes in teaching courses related to writing and rhetoric, bringing broad experience in marketing and media to her post. She was involved in the overseas marketing campaigns for several award-winning films at Miramax Films in New York and also spent time in Taiwan reporting on politics and economics as a broadcast journalist. Fully bilingual in Mandarin and English, she is a skilled simultaneous interpreter and a professional translator. She was involved in the establishment of Fei Tian Academy of the Arts in 2006 and joined the LAS faculty of Fei Tian College in 2011.

Ellen L. Jin

Assistant Professor

Department: Liberal Arts and Sciences

Areas: General Education

Dr. Jin specializes in applied mechanics and mathematics. She was an associate professor at Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, an assistant professor at Ivy Tech Community College, and a visiting professor at DeVry University. She was also an assistant researcher at the Institute of Mechanics, Chinese Academy of Sciences. Dr. Jin holds a Ph.D. from Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, as well as a professional educator’s license, a certificate of online teaching, and a certificate of blended teaching. She won First Place in a teaching competition among national universities of China in 1998 and received the Royal Society International Incoming Fellowship and conducted research at the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom in 2006. She co-authored a college textbook Dynamics (II) published by Higher Education Press in 1999, and published over 20 research papers in publications such as the Journal of Sound and Vibration. Dr. Jin joined the LAS faculty at Fei Tian College in 2019.

Matthew Kutolowski

Assistant Professor

Department: Liberal Arts and Sciences

Areas: General Education

Matthew Kutolowski teaches courses in both Chinese and Western civilization, with specialization in cultural and religious history as well as the study of visual culture. He received his B.A. from Swarthmore College with Phi Beta Kappa honors, and his M.A. from Columbia University, where he was a Faculty Fellow in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures; he has studied on fellowship at both National Taiwan University and Tsinghua University. Professor Kutolowski is fluent in Mandarin and holds permanent certification as a Teacher of Chinese. His service to the school has included faculty mentoring, accreditation work, program assessment, as well as pedagogy and instructional technology workshops. For his cross-cultural and language expertise, he is a regular collaborator with music department faculty on creative projects. He holds a joint appointment with Fei Tian Academy of the Arts. He joined the LAS faculty at Fei Tian College in 2011.

Eve Y. Lee

Assistant Professor

Department: Liberal Arts and Sciences

Areas: General Education

Dr. Lee specializes in cultural geography and community planning as well teaching Chinese as a Second Language. She received a Ph.D. in Community and Regional Planning from the University of British Columbia, Canada, and a B.S. in Geography and Urban Planning from Peking University, China. She also obtained a teaching certificate for Chinese as a Second Language from Rutgers University. Prior to joining the LAS faculty at Fei Tian College in 2016, Dr. Lee worked as a campus planner with Fei Tian Academy of the Arts beginning 2006 and participated in the establishment and development of Fei Tian College. She is presently the coordinator of the Chinese Language and Culture program at Fei Tian College.

Gloria J. Liu

Assistant Professor

Department: Liberal Arts and Sciences

Areas: General Education

Dr. Jin Liu’s specialities include Chinese literature, culture and history. She holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in comparative literature from the University of California, San Diego and a B.A. in English literature and economics from Peking University, China. Before coming to Fei Tian, she taught courses in Chinese language, Chinese literature, and world history at the University of California, San Diego. She joined the faculty of Fei Tian College in 2012.

Grace Freed

Lecturer

Department: Liberal Arts and Sciences

Areas: Academic Support

Grace Freed holds a Master of Science and Bachelor of Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has worked in academic services since 2011 and was appointed as the Director of Academic Services in 2014. In 2013, she became the Student Learning Outcomes Assessment Coordinator at Fei Tian College and specializes in helping students transition to the rigor of collegiate studies.