Honors/Awards/Scholarships/Grants

Recipient of grant awarded for participation in the 2017-18 Visiting Professors in Social Media Program, Scripps Howard Foundation (May 2017)

President’s Award for Excellence in Diversity Service, Western Illinois University (May 2017)

College of Fine Arts & Communication Dean’s Award for Excellence in Scholarly/Professional Activities, Western Illinois University (May 2017)

Professional Achievement Award, Western Illinois University (March 2017)

College of Fine Arts and Communication Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, Western Illinois University (April 2016)

Lifetime member, Western Illinois University Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi National Scholastic Honor Society (Phi Kappa Phi) (March 2016)

Outstanding Alumni Award, China Enyang High School (October 2015)

Outstanding Service Award, Chinese Communication Association (May 2015)

Professional Achievement Award, Western Illinois University (March 2015)

Professional Achievement Award, Western Illinois University (March 2014)

Faces of Penn State, The Pennsylvania State University (March 2013)

First Place Faculty Paper Award, AEJMC (Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication) Law and Policy Division (August 2012)

Top 50 Journalism Professors in 2012, Journalismdegree.org (June 2012)

Best Research Scholar-to-Scholar Presentation Award, AEJMC Law and Policy Division (August 2011)

Gene and Fran Goodwin Journalism Scholarship, The Pennsylvania State University (January 2010)

University Graduate Fellowship in Mass Communications, The Pennsylvania State University (April 2009)

Elliott School of International Affairs Freeman Fellowship, The George Washington University (March 2007)

Outstanding Journalist of the Year, The People’s Daily International News Department (2005-2006)

Most Published Foreign Correspondent Award, The Global Times (2004-2006)

China News Award [the most prestigious journalism award in China], All-China Journalists Association (May 2004)

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