Confucius Institute Staff and Visiting Professors 

Mrs. Holly Harris Bane
Interim Director, Confucius Institute
Associate Vice President for Strategic
Initiatives and Partnerships
The University of Akron                                                       


Mingzhou Qin, PhD.


Qin Mingzhou, Ph.D., is Professor and Chinese Director of the Confucius Institute The University of Akron. He also is the professor of Doctorial tutors of geography and ecology with Henan University. Dr. Qin is the Director of the Center for Environment and Health Engineering and Technology Research Leader of the Post Science Innovation Team of Geography with the universities of Henan Province.

As director, Dr. Qin has led more than 40 grants including NSFC, National Key Science technology supporting program as well as China-USA joint research and local government grants. He has published over 60 articles and 14 books, acquired three times of Ministry of Land and Resources, has received the Excellent Achievement and the Province Government Science Research Achievements.

Mingzhou Qin is a member of the CI Board, Chinese Branch of International Landscape Ecological Association (ILEA) and is the Vice Director of Resources Education Work Council, CRS 

 Kang Li M.A. 

Instructor Kang Li M.A. is an instructor in the International School for Chinese Language and Culture in Henan University, China. She has been teaching Chinese for 20 years and has taught courses such as Mondern Chinese Language, Spoken Chinese and Teach Chinese as a Foreign Language. She has taught Chinese language and traditional Chinese culture at Yat Sen Secondary School in Fiji for three years.                                            

Her research interests are in linguistics, applied linguistics and teaching Chinese as a second language.



Nancy Easterling
Assistant to the Director and Events Coordinator





 About our Institute Partner 

Henan University is located in Kaifeng, a famous historic city and the capital of sevenhenan-univ dynasties in Chinese history. It was founded in 1912 and was originally named The Preparatory School for Further Study in Europe and America.

At present Henan University is a comprehensive university with 11 branches of learning: liberal arts, science, engineering, economics, management, law, philosophy, education, history, agriculture and medicine.

 Learn more about Henan University.

 Henan University's Web site:  ChineseEnglish