2021 CTBE Award Recipients’ Blurb

Early Career Outstanding Research Award Recipient

Dr. James Zhixiang Yang

Dr. James Zhixiang Yang is an assistant professor of Chinese Language and Culture Center at Beijing Normal University- Hong Kong Baptist University United International College. James earned his Ph.D. from Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education of the University of Oklahoma in 2016. His research interests focus on a comparative study between the educational philosophies of Confucius and John Dewey, Chinese intellectual history, and education and culture of Chinese republican period.

Outstanding Graduate Student Paper Award

Yuting Lan

Yuting Lan is a Ph. D. Candidate in the field of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Wisconsin Madison. Her research areas lie in curriculum studies, global education, Taoism and Confucianism. Minor in East Asian Studies. She received her Master’s in Chinese Languages and Literature from University of Wisconsin Madison. She has independently taught a course Writing and Literacy Across Curriculum. She is also the recipient for the 2020 University of Wisconsin Madison Graduate School Summer Research Award.

Thi Nhu Quynh Dang

Thi Nhu Quynh Dang is a Ph.D. student in Curriculum and Instruction at Indiana University Bloomington - Bloomington, IN. Her research areas lie in history education, curriculum studies, socio-cultural and political contexts of learning, students' identity. Her research interests focus on socio-cultural and political influences on students’ historical understanding, identity formation, and civic engagement. Through her scholarly work, she promotes democratic education, embracement of students’ voices, and empowerment for both students and teachers. She was also a Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, HI.




CTBE SIG Early Career Award Announcement_Weili_Zhao

2016 CTBE Outstanding Early Career Award

The CTBE SIG’s 2016 Outstanding Early Career Award is given to Dr. Mei, Hoyt, Assistant Professor at Northern Texas University. The award is given based on her effort in promoting East-West educational dialogues. Dr. Hoyt published two journal articles closely related to the CTBE themes, with the two journals acceptance rate at 20~30%. She also made six AERA presentations related to the SIG themes. In addition to her publications, Dr. Hoyt organized the Invited Lecture Series for Confucian and Daoist scholars at the University of North Texas, and she is presently working as the Program Chair for the SIG’s meeting at AERA. Finally, for the past three years Dr. Hoyt has served as the SIG’s Communication Chair and maintained its website and Facebook page. All these service activities require significant time, effort, and commitment, and are essential to CTBE goals and its visibility in the professional community.

Congratulation, Dr. Mei Hoyt!


Two awards have been approved by AERA for our SIG. They are:

  • Confucianism, Taoism, Buddhism and Education- Outstanding Graduate Student Paper Award
  • Confucianism, Taoism, Buddhism and Education- Early Career Outstanding Research Award

We will send out more information about upcoming award applications.  

For more information about these awards, please contact the Chair, Seungho Moon at

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