College of Liberal Arts
Biography"My essential duties as an educator are to provide leadership and support."
Dr. Mingzhen Bao is an Assistant 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, “My essential duties as an educator are to provide leadership and support. I do this by promoting critical thinking, accommodating different learning styles, and emphasizing consistency between course objectives and student’s learning outcomes.”