Biography"One thing I love about teaching is that it gives me an opportunity to inspire hope and instill a love of learning."
Dr. Mingzhen Bao is an Associate Professor and the Academic Department Chair for the Communication Arts department in the College of Liberal Arts at Ashford University. She received her PhD in Linguistics with a focus on Phonetics and Second Language Acquisition from University of Florida. Her Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics and Bachelor of Arts in English are from Zhejiang University, China. Before coming on as a faculty member at Ashford, Dr. Bao served as an Assistant Professor and the Director of Chinese Language Instruction at University of Kentucky. Her research experience includes discoveries on speech prosody of tonal languages in East and Southeast Asia, exploration into acoustic properties of under-documented languages in West Africa and Pamir Mountains, behavioral and psycholinguistic studies of tonal acquisition and processing, and teaching pedagogy in foreign language instruction. She has published over a dozen peer reviewed journal articles in her field and has presented at a variety of national and international seminars and conferences. Dr. Bao says, “There is an ancient Chinese proverb: be not afraid of growing slowly, be afraid of standing still. One thing I love about teaching is that it gives me an opportunity to inspire hope and instill a love of learning. ”
The Effects of Short-term Synchronous Computer-Mediated Communication to Productive Performance in Distance Language Learning Proposal (as PI), University Fellow Program, Ashford University ($5600) 2014
Constellation Book and Student Achievements Proposal (as PI), University Fellow Program, Ashford University ($10,000) 2013
Li, B., Shao, J., & Bao, M-Z. (accepted). Effects of phonetic similarity in the identification of Mandarin tones. Journal of Psycholinguistics Research.
Bao, M-Z., Wayland, R. & Li, B. (2013). Duration modification of contrastive focus preceded by focus adverbs in Standard Chinese. Chinese Journal of Phonetics, 4, 165-178.