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VIPP Staff

VIPP staff is committed to providing positive MSU and American experiences to our international visitors. Hosting close to 500 visitors annually, we understand what visiting professionals, their families, and their employers want and need. Our team strives to deliver high-quality programs and services. 

Dr. Xiaoqing Chen, Program Coordinator

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I joined the VIPP team in Fall 2014. As a program coordinator, I design and develop both short-term and long-term programs for international professionals and students and make sure that they benefit from our programs and services.

I earned my Ph.D. degree in Second Language Studies at Michigan State University. My major field of study includes conversational interaction, with a focus on the effect of corrective feedback on foreign/second language learning and the factors affecting the effect of corrective feedback. I am also interested in learner/teacher beliefs and learner motivation. Before coming to MSU, I had received a master's degree in Linguistics and Applied Linguistics at Guangdong University of Foreign Studies in China, and had been teaching in a couple of universities in China for a few years. Recently, VIPP began hosting many visiting scholars specialized in foreign language teaching and research, and I am happy to use my expertise to serve them by giving lectures, organizing seminars, and providing academic supervision.

At VIPP, it is my pleasure to work with professionals from all over the world and from diverse educational backgrounds. I am happy to be a part of the whole MSU community that is dedicated to realizing its World Grant Ideal.

Dr. Kiwon Kang, Academic Advisor/Coordinator

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Tel. (517) 884-2178

I am mainly responsible for designing, developing, and implementing training and workshop programs for professionals in many sectors (such as finance, economic policy, international relations, government, education, packaging, etc.) and from various countries (including Korea, Malaysia, Thailand, Saudi Arabia, Brazil and others). As an academic advisor, I have been in charge of the academic oversight of programs and curricula.

I received my Ph.D. in economics at Michigan State University in 2002. My fields of interest are public finance, global economic analysis, open economy macroeconomics, computational general equilibrium (CGE) analysis. My notable publications include "International Ramifications of U.S. Tax-Policy Changes" in the Journal of Policy Modeling (2003), and "Asymmetries and Tariff-Tax Reforms in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation" in the Journal of Economic Asymmetries (2007).

Since I joined VIPP, I have enjoyed multitasking. Besides my major responsibilities as an academic advisor/coordinator, I have been teaching basic microeconomics and macroeconomics courses for undergraduate students in the Department of Economics, and also teaching applied economics courses for international professionals. I am leading the Council on Korean Studies, which was established in the Asian Studies Center to promote Korean studies and programs at Michigan State University.

I have been enjoying Michigan life for more than 20 years, even the cold weather and snow. I am so crazy about MSU football and basketball. I was lucky to see both the 2000 NCAA Basketball National Championship and the 2014 NCAA Football 100th Rose Bowl Championship. I hope to see another championship win very soon. Go Green! Go White!

Joseph E. Murphy, Fiscal Officer

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As of November 14, 2016, I am a new fiscal officer for VIPP. In this role, I am responsible for managing financial transactions, providing logistical support, reviewing and submitting personnel hiring forms, and ensuring compliance with University business procedures and regulations. I will also serve as the human resources contact for VIPP.  

I joined VIPP in December of 2014 as an administrative lead and provided administrative support to all VIPP operations pertinent to our participants' academic and social life, including visa applications, MSU IDs, course enrollment, event planning, and daily issues that our faculty, staff or participants may deal with. 

I received my BA degree in Accounting from Northwood University in 2011. Prior to joining VIPP, I worked for MSU's Infrastructure Planning and Facility (IPF) department, which gave me a vast knowledge of MSU's campus layout. I also coach baseball at the Junior Varsity level for Holt High School, where I graduated in 2007. Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my friends, dog and family. My hobbies include fishing, jet skiing, camping and golf.

Ingmar Pack, Assistant Program Coordinator

Tel. (517) 884-2176


As an international education professional, I am very pleased to join the VIPP team at Michigan State University. In my role of Assistant Program Coordinator, I focus on short-term program development & management for international delegations from all sectors that seek impactful professional development at a world-class university.

I was born and raised in the Netherlands, where I received a B.A. and M.A. in American Studies from the University of Groningen and the University of Nijmegen, respectively. At Central Michigan University, I earned Master’s degrees in Higher Education Administration and Transnational & Comparative History.

In my career I am particularly passionate about facilitating intercultural learning, and have worked at other Midwestern institutions on themes of internationalization strategic planning, curricular design, education abroad, and international enrollment management. I am excited to contribute to the success of visiting professionals at MSU.

In my spare time I enjoy playing soccer and experiencing the incredible natural beauty of the state of Michigan.

Dr. Mina Shin, Associate Director

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I am a versatile Ph.D. with passion, creativity, and intellectual curiosity. I have more than 10 years of work experiences in the U.S. Higher Education and International Exchange Programs as faculty and an administrator. As Associate Director in VIPP, I am responsible for developing strategic plans, directing daily operations, as well as overseeing academic and cultural programming, communications, marketing, and outreach initiatives. I am also in charge of Global Summer School Programs for international college students. My latest workshop on trauma care for South Korean government was featured by local TV news and MSU Today.  

I received my B.A. in Korean Language Education from Seoul National University and my Master's and Ph.D. from the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California. Prior to joining VIPP, I was faculty of Film Studies and Korean Studies in the Department of Linguistics & German, Slavic, Asian, and African Languages and Global Studies in Arts and Humanities Program at Michigan State University.  In VIPP, I still utilize my academic training as an educator and researcher, while tapping into my creativity and entrepreneurial skills in developing innovative curriculum and program designs. I enjoy my versatile roles as an educator, advisor, practitioner, and representative of MSU and take pride in contributing to bridging MSU/Michigan population to the global communities. 

I also have a wide range of work experiences in advertising, public relations, print, film and media industries. In my spare time, I enjoy traveling, camping, reading, and writing.

Dr. Yanjiang Teng, Program Coordinator



Tel: (517) 432-3663


It is my great privilege to work with the fantastic international professionals. I assist the director in running the summer school program and help administer the VIPP short-term and long-term professional training programs. I joined VIPP in January 2019 after I completed my Ph.D. majoring in Curriculum, Instruction, and Teacher Education in the College of Education at Michigan State University.

My research mainly focuses on second language teacher education, English language learners' acculturation, university teaching pedagogy, and academic writing. I began my career as a faculty member in a Chinese university for both undergraduate and graduate students. Later, I went to the United Kingdom to further my studies and research, and subsequently came to teach Chinese in the U.S. I taught in K-12 settings for three years. Then, I pursued my doctorate degree at Michigan State University with a specialization in second language teacher education.

Living and working in multicultural settings have enhanced my sense of understanding the diversity issues related to international talents studying abroad. It is my honor to use my expertise to support our visitors to have an enjoyable and productive experience at VIPP.

I love calligraphy, hiking, and other outdoor activities.

Gabe Wardin, Office Assistant


My primary duties as an Office Assistant are to provide support for all VIPP staff, faculty, and international visitors. I am originally from central Wisconsin but was raised by Spartan alumni parentswhich is why I attended MSU, earning a bachelor’s degree in Media and Information and a minor in Graphic DesignThis past summer I was a clerical assistant at the Broad College of Business in their Development & Alumni Relations department, performing various clerical duties to assist with the preparation of the Minskoff Pavilion Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, as well as alumni outreach. I am extremely passionate about MSU and helping international visitors. I look forward to making a positive impact for VIPP and ISP as well as our visitors.

Dr. Xinyu Wu, Director

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It is a great privilege to work as the Director of VIPP at Michigan State University. I am responsible for VIPP's long-term development strategy by providing leadership on all key areas including marketing, communication, program and partnership development, and VIPP advancement.

This is my first appointment in the U.S. after living and working in Europe for almost 25 years (until September 2015). I have extensive experience in International Education and worked as the Director of International Education Centers in a number of universities, including Bangor University and Middlesex University in the UK and the National University of Ireland Maynooth in Ireland.

I am a native Pekinger and trained as a computer scientist. I did my Ph.D in Artificial Intelligence at the University of Ulster, UK after obtaining a first-class honors degree in Applied Computing in Wuhan University, China.

Following a successful academic career in the UK, I moved to management in the area of International Education in 2000. Over the last 15 years, I developed a strong reputation in establishing and managing collaborative links with a large number of internationally reputable universities around the world. One of my recent and proudest achievements while working in Bangor University is the development of the University's Transnational Education strategy. I led the University's successfully launched overseas programs in China, Singapore, Tashkent, and Bahrain. We also launched a campus in China which now offers a range of undergraduate programs to more than 400 students after only two years in operation. I also played a key role in setting up the Welsh Summer Institute with Fulbright, which brings talented young Americans to Wales.

I have a successful track record in working with government agencies on large-scale research projects. During my time in Ireland, I served on the Irish University Association Board and led the alliance to successfully secure funding from government agencies to set up joint international research centers and incubations.

I enjoy music, dancing, and travel. I look forward to exploring the beautiful Michigan landscape and the U.S.

To learn more about me, check out our blog post.  

Lynn (Yi Zhou), Assistant Program Coordinator

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Tel. (586)-383-4209


As of November 2018, I am the Assistant Program Coordinator for the Visiting International Professional Program (VIPP). I am honored to join our fantastic VIPP team of global talents. In this role, I am primarily responsible for administering VIPP long-term and short-term professional training programs to international professionals. 

I grew up in Beijing, China and then moved to the U.K. at 15. I completed my Bachelor’s in Mathematics with Statistics at Imperial College London. Before joining VIPP, I mainly taught in private and public K-12 settings in Beijing and Detroit. I am excited to work with experts from a variety of industries to exchange ideas and help our VIPP professionals achieve their career and academic goals while feeling at home at Michigan State University. I hope to use my multicultural personal and work experiences as an ambassador to promote more professional exchange opportunities through VIPP.

I love Michigan and enjoy kayaking and hiking in the beautiful summer.


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