Professor and Dean
College of International Education, Capital Normal University
Liu Xiaotian is Dean of the College of International Education, Capital Normal University (CNU) and professor of linguistics in the English Department of the College of Foreign Languages, CNU. She is also the adviser, appointed by the mayor of Beijing, for “English-speaking Activities” in Beijing. She is a member of the Supervising Committee of the Chinese Education Ministry for University-Level Foreign Language Education in China.
As Dean of International Education, she is responsible for all international activities and international student education at CNU, which include exchange programs with partner universities, serving on the boards of Confucius Institutes abroad partnered with CNU, international student recruitment, admissions, teaching and services, as well as recruitment of and services for foreign scholars at CNU. As an adviser to the Beijing Municipality, she is involved in supervising various English-speaking activities in Beijing, including being the judge of all important English Speech contests in Beijing. As a member of the Supervising Committee of the Education Ministry for University-Level Foreign Language Education in China, she travels to universities in China to evaluate teaching and research on Foreign Language Education in various universities in China.
Professor Liu’s research interest is in linguistics, in particular in cross-cultural communication. She has published more than twenty papers and books concerning the teaching of both English and Chinese to speakers of other languages. She is a supervisor of graduate students majoring in linguistics at CNU. Dr. Liu has been conferred the title “Excellent Academic Faculty Member” by the Beijing Municipality for her excellent performance in teaching and research. She is a member of several professional associations, including the Linguistics Society and the Cross-Cultural Research Society.
Professor Liu has quite a long experience in diplomatic service. She served as vice consul at the Chinese Consulate General in Houston from 1986-1989 and as consul at the Chinese Consulate General in New York from 1992-1996.