Luding Tong

Luding Tong

Title: Professor of Chinese Language and Literature, Director of Asian Studies Program

Department: Modern Languages; Asian Studies

Education: Ph.D. in Chinese and Comparative Literature, Washington University in St. Louis, 2000; Master of Philosophy in Comparative Literature, Washington University in St. Louis, 1986; Master of Philosophy in English and American Literature, University of Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, 1984; Bachelor of Arts in English, Anhui University, China, 1981

Research Interests: Research interests include culture, gender, and identity in modern Chinese literature and in Chinese visual culture, and on the pedagogy of teaching Chinese as a foreign language.

Recent Publications:

Book: Co-author. Emotional Appeals and Strategies in Modern Chinese Advertising), Beijing, China: University of International Relations/Binqi gongye Press, December, 2013.

Articles published in journals and conference proceedings:

  • “‘The Young and the Restless’: Grappling with the Young Chinese Consumer Mindset,” in Review of Business and Finance Studies (forthcoming).
  • “Interplay of ‘Cultural Imperialism’ and ‘Cultural Nationalism’ in Multinationals’ Advertising Strategies in China,” in Global Conference on Business and Finance Proceedings. The Institute of Business and Finance Research. 4:1 (2009).
  • “‘The Fairest of Them All’: Finding One’s Self through Advertising,” in Education about Asia, 14:1 (Spring 2009).
  • “A Technology-Enhanced Three-Step Approach to Improving Student Chinese Oral Proficiency,” in Collected Essays of The Fifth International Conference and Workshops on Technology and Chinese Teaching in the 21st Century. University of Macau, June 2008.
  • “Advertising in Contemporary China and Its Censorship,” in Proceedings of the 2007 Meeting of the Academy of Business Disciplines. Shippensburg University, November 2007.
  • Co-author. "Exploring East Asian Culture through Video Clips," in Education about Asia, 7:1 (Spring 2002).

Courses (Fall 2014): Elementary Chinese I, Intermediate Chinese I, Advanced Chinese, East Asian Literature: Pre-Modern Period

Courses (Spring 2015): Elementary Chinese II, Intermediate Chinese II, East Asian Cultures Through Film

Phone: (740) 376-4640

Email: tongu@marietta.edu

What can a student expect when taking one of your classes?

Students in my classes will learn about current global issues, interesting subject matters in Asian cultures and literature, and communicative Chinese language skills. Students will be engaged in group discussions and group activities to develop cross-cultural sensitivity and intellectual curiosity.

What excites you about teaching at Marietta College?

Students’ intellectual curiosity and the friendly learning environment make my teaching experience at the College rewarding.

When you aren’t teaching, what other activities do you enjoy?

When I am not working, I like walking, reading, and going online.

Do you prefer flipping through the pages of a book or an e-book?

I prefer close readings. But sometimes, I flip through the pages for something interesting.

What is your favorite location on campus and why?

I spend most of my time in Thomas Hall, where I work, teach, and meet students.

What is your favorite Marietta College event?

The Undergraduate Asian Studies symposia and the art exhibits organized by the Asian Studies Program. The annual International Week sponsored by the Department of Modern Language.



Dr. Mark Bagshaw

Dr. Mark Bagshaw

Professor of Management and Leadership

Dept: Business & Economics




Office: THMS 101

Degrees: Ed.D. in Higher Education (Penn State), 1984; Master of Philosophy in English & Literature (Yale University), 1969; Bachelor of Arts in English (Penn State), 1965

Year appointed: 1993

Dr. Bagshaw is the former owner of a successful start-up in the direct-mail catalog music business. Professor Bagshaw teaches courses in the strategic management and leadership of organizations, as well as an international leadership course in the College's master of corporate communications program.

His published work focuses on planning and organizational issues in higher education and relating liberal arts education to leadership in business. He is the author or co-author of a number of professional publications and presented papers, including (with K.P. Mortimer) an influential monograph, Flexibility in Academic Staffing.

He was one of 15 educators chosen by ASIANetwork and the Hong Kong American Center to participate in the Pearl River Delta Faculty Development Program during the summer of 2005. His proposal received funding from the Fulbright-Hayes Group Projects Abroad Program of the U.S. Department of Education. Bagshaw teamed up with Dr. Galina An, an assistant professor of economics at Kenyon College, and Dr. Wellington K.K. Chan, a professor of history at Occidental College in Los Angeles, to develop new business enterprises and their interaction with domestic and international markets.

Dr. Bagshaw began teaching at Marietta in 1993.



Chaya Chandrasekhar

Chaya Chandrasekhar

Israel Ward Andrews Associate Professor

Dept: Art




Office: HFAC 307

Degrees: PhD, Asian Art History, The Ohio State University; MA, Art History, Case Western Reserve University; BFA, College of Fine Arts, Bangalore University, India

Year appointed: 2009

Before joining Marietta College, Chaya Chandrasekhar served as the Curator of South and Southeast Asian Art at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. Returning to teaching, what she describes as her "first love," Chandrasekhar teaches Art History at Marietta College. She has previously also taught at The Ohio State University and at Western Michigan University. Her area of focus is South Asian art, particularly India and the Himalayan regions of Nepal and Tibet. Her research interests include Buddhist and Hindu temple architecture and sculpture, contemporary Indian art, and museum practices in displaying Asia.



Grace Johnson

Grace F. Johnson

Title: McCoy Professor of Management & Accounting

Department: Business & Economics

Education: Master of Accountancy, University of South Florida, 1988; Bachelor of Science in Accounting, University of South Florida, 1986

Research Interests: Accounting — internal control, financial reporting disclosures; International Business — rural development, migration

Courses (Fall 2014): Introduction to Financial Accounting, Intermediate Accounting I, Business in Global Contexts

Courses (Spring 2015): Introduction to Financial Accounting, Accounting Information Systems, Accounting Research

Phone: (740) 376-4631

Email: johnsong@marietta.edu

What can a student expect when taking one of your classes?

Doing a lot of reading, engaging in a lot of class discussion, and making strong connections between the world of the textbook and the business world.

What excites you about teaching at Marietta College?

Small classes allow me to work with students as individuals.

When you aren’t teaching, what other activities do you enjoy?

I am an avid kayaker. Hiking, walking, taking photographs, bowling, swimming, reading, and working in my garden are also enjoyable pastimes.

Do you prefer flipping through the pages of a book or an e-book?

No doubt about it: a paper book. Reading is a kinesthetic activity; I have to touch, see, and smell the pages of a book, journal, or newspaper to get the full impact of the words on a page.

What is your favorite location on campus and why?

There’s a line of tall pine trees in between Erwin and Irvine Halls. I like to stand under them at all seasons of the year and smell the pine scent, look for hawks building nests in the treetops, and touch the bark of the trees.



Ihor Pidhainy

Ihor Pidhainy

Assistant Professor

Dept: History



Office: Thomas 305

Degrees: PhD, East Asian Studies, University of Toronto.

Expertise: China

Year appointed: 2009

Ihor Pidhainy is a graduate of the University of Toronto, where he earned his PhD in the Department of East Asian Studies. His dissertation was on the Chinese poet, exile and scholar, Yang Shen (1488-1559). Ihor Pidhainy's research areas include Ming dynasty history, travel writing, Chinese fiction and biography. He is currently working on two projects: a biographical study of Yang Shen and Russian travelers to China during the 19th and early 20th centuries.



Michael Taylor

Michael Taylor

McCoy Professor of Management Leadership,

Dept: Business & Economics




Office: Thomas, 102

Degrees: Master of Business Administration (Ohio University), 1984; Ph.D. (Harvard University), 1976; Bachelor of Theological Studies (Harvard Divinity School), 1969; Bachelor's (Carleton College), 1966

Year appointed: 1977

Dr. Taylor spent two years co-authoring Spinning Wheels and Accessories, which came out in February 2004. He has been involved with Marietta College's China Program since 1986 when he spent 1986-87 teaching marketing at the Southwestern University of Finance and Economics. In the fall of 1996 he taught Comparative Leadership Studies at The Foreign Affairs College in Beijing. He has been listed in Who's Who in American Education and Who's Who in the World.



Xiaoxiong Yi

Xiaoxiong Yi

Associate Professor of Political Science, Director of China Institute

Dept: History, Philosophy, Political Science and Religion




Office: Thomas

Degrees: Ph.D. (American University), 1992; Master of Arts (Penn State), 1985; Bachelor of Arts (Beijing Normal University), 1982

Year appointed: 1989

Dr. Yi's main expertise is on Asian and Korean policies, but he is also well versed in U.S. foreign policy. He has been an Associate Professor of History and Political Science at Marietta College since 1989 and the director of Marietta College's East Asia Initiatives.

He has published a number of articles and commentary in magazines, newspapers and journals over his career. Dr. Yi is a guest political columnist for eight newspapers around the state of Ohio, including Zanesville Times Recorder, Lancaster Eagle-Gazette and The Marietta Times.

He is also a regular commentator on Radio Free Asia and the Voice of America. More recently he became a regular guest on a radio program throughout Europe and Asia.



Matthew Young

Matthew Young

Title: McCoy Professor

Department: History

Education: Master of Arts and Ph.D. in History, Bowling Green State University; Bachelor of Arts in History, Kenyon College

Research Interests: U.S. History 1930s, 1940s, History and Film

Recent Publications: Recent articles on the Abraham Lincoln Brigade in the Spanish Civil War, D-Day Commemoration, and the MOOC Phenomenon

Courses (Fall 2014): Introduction to Human Geography, Recent American History, World War II

Courses (Spring 2015): History and Film, American Foreign Relations

Phone: (740) 376-4627

Email: youngs@marietta.edu

What can a student expect when taking one of your classes?

To be challenged to consider ways that historical knowledge can be applied in the present.

What excites you about teaching at Marietta College?

I have many teaching interests, and have the freedom to pursue them at MC.

When you aren’t teaching, what other activities do you enjoy?

Reading, running, mountain biking, playing soccer with my boys.

Do you prefer flipping through the pages of a book or an e-book?

I’m a history professor. . . What do you think?

What is your favorite location on campus and why?

The rec center is a great place in the morning.