Plenary Presenters


Spencer Benson

Educational Innovations International Consulting, LLC

Dr. Benson is the founder and Director of Educational Innovations International Consulting, LLC after retiring from the University of Macau as the Director for the Centre for Teaching and Learning Enhancement. He is the former Director for the Center for Teaching Excellence at the University of Maryland where he also was a faculty member in the Department of Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics for 25 years. Spencer has worked in international faculty development for more that 15 yrs. When not engaged in work related activities, Spencer continues to travel and hopes to reach his personal goal of having visited at least 100 countries in the next few years.

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Jun Hyun Hong

Chung-Ang University

Dr. Jun Hyun Hong is Vice President for International Affairs and Professor of School of Public Service of Chung-Ang University, Seoul, Korea. Previously he was Dean of Institute of International Education, and Associate Dean of Graduate School. He has served as policy advisors to various committees, Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Education, etc. He was awarded Presidents Service Merit Medal, Prime Ministers Citation, and Minister of Interiors Citation. He has also served as President of Korean Association of Foreign Student Administrators, President of Korean Association of Policy Analysis and Evaluation, Editor-in-Chief of Korean Journal of Local Government Studies, an editorial board member of Korean Journal of Higher Education, and a member of International Academic Advisory Committee of QS APPLE Conference. His current research focuses on intergovernmental relations and internationalization of Korean higher education.


William C. Kirby

Harvard University

Dr. Kirby is T. M. Chang Professor of China Studies at Harvard University and Spangler Family Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School. He is a University Distinguished Service Professor and serves as Chairman of the Harvard China Fund and Faculty Chair of the Harvard Center Shanghai. At Harvard he has served as Director of the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Chairman of the History Department, and Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. His current projects include case studies of trend-setting Chinese businesses and a comparative study of higher education in China, Europe, and the United States. His most recent book is Can China Lead? (Harvard Business Review Press).


K.K. Luke

Nanyang Technological University

Dr. Luke is a Professor of Linguistics and Chair of the School of Humanities at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Prior to joining NTU in 2009 he was Professor at the University of Hong Kong and Head of the Department of Linguistics. K.K. is Co-Editor of Chinese Language and Discourse: An International and Interdisciplinary Journal and an editorial board member of several professional journals and book series. He is also a recipient of the Outstanding Researcher Award at the University of Hong Kong (2008). Recently, he has taken an interest in Interactional Linguistics, focusing his analytic attention on talk and social interaction and exploring the interface between talk, cognition and interaction.


Eva Y. W. Wong

Hong Kong Baptist University

Dr. Eva Y.W. Wong, was educated in the United Kingdom. She has worked in a number of tertiary institutions in the United Kingdom and Hong Kong in the past 35 years. Eva joined HKBU in 2010 as Director of the CHTL to focus on enhancing student learning through professional development of frontline teachers. In 2018, her contributions to teaching and learning were recognised by being honoured as a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in the UK. Eva’s current interests and expertise are in the enhancement of student learning through the use of engaging and learner-centred pedagogies leveraged on e-learning, in which area she has presented to local and overseas conferences and published in journals.


Todd Zakrajsek

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Dr. Zakrajsek serves as the Associate Director of the Faculty Development Fellowship Program in the Department of Family Medicine at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is an elected core committee member for the Professional Organizational Developers Network and the National Academies Collaborative. In addition to providing resources for UNC faculty on various topics related to teaching/learning, leadership, and scholarly activity, Todd serves on several editorial boards, including the Journal of Excellence in College Teaching; International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning; and Higher Education Teaching Learning Portal. He has also served on boards charged with creating resources and opportunities related to teaching and learning: Education Research Initiative (Lenovo Computer); Technology Enriched Instruction (Microsoft); and Communicating Science in K-12 (Harvard).

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