Mien-hwa Chiang is a senior lecturer in Foreign Languages in the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Pennsylvania. She joined Penn in year 2000 as the head of the Chinese Language Program (CLP), after teaching at Harvard University and Princeton University. Dr. Chiang has been the Principal Investigator and Director of the STARTALK Penn High School Chinese Academy since 2006. Her STARTALK project duty includes the preparation of new proposals, admissions, quality of instruction and budget. She was elected the President of the Chinese Language Teachers Association in 2006. Her research areas cover Chinese linguistics, discourse analysis, business Chinese education and language teacher training. Dr. Chiang received an MA in General Linguistics from Ohio University, a second MA in Chinese pedagogy and holds a Ph.D. in Chinese Linguistics from the Ohio State University.