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Qian Wang

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Dr. Qian Sarah Wang is the Research Director (Associate Dean), Ph.D. supervisor, and former Program Director of the MA in Global Education at the Academy of Future Education, XJTLU.Dr. Sarah graduated from Teachers College, Columbia University in New York, with an MA and Ed.D. in Education Leadership with cross-discipline of Social-organizational Psychology and Adult Learning and Leadership.Dr. Sarah has over fifteen years of teaching experience. As a teacher-researcher, her research focuses on technology-enhanced teaching innovation, leadership education, and teacher professional development in transnational/international contexts. Her research projects emphasize emotion and metacognition in learning (e.g., self-directed learning, reflective practice, emotion regulation), action learning (including work-based/work-integrated learning), and organizational learning (with interest in informal/incidental learning). Though Dr. Sarah specializes in qualitative and action research, she advocates interdisciplinary collaboration. She regularly works with colleagues from other disciplines, such as computer science, business, sociology, and psychology, to conduct mixed-method studies.

Research interests

  • Teaching and Learning Innovation
  • Leadership Education
  • Professional Development (Adult Learning)
  • Emotions in Education


Director of Research, Academy of Future Education, XJTLU--2021-Present

Ph.D. Supervisor--2020-Present

Program Director--MA in Global Education 2019-2021

Assistant Professor--MA in Global Education 2021-Present

Lecture--MA in Global Education 2018-2021

Founder/Executive -- International Education Services Corp., 2011-2018

Consultant -- E.G. Verlander Associates, 2007-2011

Director of Project Management -- Champion Window and Door, 2003-2007


  • Workshop: Leadership in Organizational Development
  • Workshop: Research-Let Learning and Teaching (RLLT), Developing Students Enquiry Skills--Focal Question Development
  • Workshop: Cross-cultural Communication Practices Using Assessments
  • Workshop: Professional Communication in Business for Engineers
  • Seminar: Developing Leadership Mindset for Young Adults
  • Seminar: Designing PBL in Basic Education
  • CCA: Global Virtual Exchange (GVE) in Education
  • CCA: Cross-cultural Communication in Higher Education
  • EDS 405 Education Leadership (Module Leader, 2019-Present)
  • EDS 406 Education Internship (Module Leader, 2019-2021)
  • EDS 402 Entrepreneurship, Education Innovation, and International Education (Module Leader, 2024-Present)

Awards and honours

  • AY 23-24 Academy of Future Education, Research Excellence Award
  • AY 22-23 Academy of Future Education, Teaching Innovation Award
  • 3rd Prize, The 8th XJTLU National Teaching Innovation Competition in Higher Education 第八届西浦全国大学教学创新大赛, 三等奖
  • 3rd Prize, The 6th XJTLU National Teaching Innovation Competition in Higher Education 第六届西浦全国大学教学创新大赛, 三等奖

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy

Education/Academic qualification

Senior Fellowship, Higher Education Academy

7 Mar 2023 → …

Award Date: 7 Mar 2024

PhD, Doctoral of Education in Interdisciplinary Studies (Education Leadership and Organization Development), Teachers College, Columbia University


Master, Master of Arts in Organizational Psychology , Teachers College, Columbia University


Master, Master of Business Administration (MBA) (with Honor), Long Island University (C.W. Post)


Bachelor, Bachelor of Science (with Honor) in Business Administration, Messiah University


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