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230 HEDCO Education Building 5267 University Of Oregon Eugene, OR 97403-5267
Presidential Chair
B.A., Sichuan International Studies University, English Language Education, 1986
M.A., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Education, 1994
Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Educational Psychology, 1996

Yong Zhao, Ph.D., is the university's first Presidential Chair. In January 2011, he joined the College of Education faculty as a full professor in the Department of Educational Methodology, Policy, and Leadership. He is a fellow of the International Academy for Education.

Zhao has extensive international experience consulting with government and educational agencies and speaking on educational issues in many countries on six continents. His current work focuses on designing 21st century schools in the context of globalization and the digital revolution

Prior to joining the University of Oregon College of Education, Zhao served as professor of technology in teaching and learning in the Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology, and Special Education at Michigan State University since 1996, where he was also founding director of the US-China Center for Research on Educational Excellence and University Distinguished Professor.


Zhao has published more than 20 books and 100 articles. His most recent book is Catching Up or Leading the Way: American Education in the Age of Globalization . He has also developed computer software, including the award-winning New Chengo/ZON (, the world's first massively multi-player online role-playing game for studying Chinese.


Yong Zhao's research interests include computer gaming and education, diffusion of innovations, teacher adoption of technology, computer-assisted language learning, and globalization and education.