Dr. Luchen Li is the first Associate Dean of Global Programs at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology with faculty appointment as Professor of American Literature and Cultural Studies. Prior to this current position, Li served Kettering University as Director of International Programs where he also had a faculty position progressively as Assistant, Associate, and full Professor in Humanities from 2000 to 2011.
With extensive experience and oversight of comprehensive internationalization for campuses, Dr. Li has demonstrated leadership in creating, structuring, and coordinating university-wide operations for international education ranging from international recruitment, dual degrees, international student and scholar services, ESL, curriculum innovation with global components, collaborative research, partnership building, study abroad, and certificate programs. Luchen Li played important roles in establishing and strengthening strategic ties with domestic and international partners, including academic institutions, industries, and governments, for student learning, faculty research, commercialization of knowledge, entrepreneurship, and institutions’ financial well-being. Such parternships include the State of Baden-Württemberg, Germany; the Brazilian government; Chongqing Municipal Government in China, GM Wuling, CATARC (China Automotive Techology and Research Center), Delphi Corporation, and Eli Lilly to name a few.
He played leading roles in building successful revenue-generating international professional training and non-degree programs with governments and overseas industries. Dr. Li’s initiative for Rose-Hulman to participate in the Brazilian BSMP program has generated $4million in two years. Li’s insights in the trend of higher education and the timely market-responsive programs he helped build are a result of his training received with the sponsorship of the Kern Foundation.
A firm believer of collaboration and inclusive leadership, Li engages a broad spectrum of stakeholders in international programming. Dr. Li helped two universities establishing policies and procedures to institute operations for international education and counselled Indiana University-- Kokomo to regenerate its global initiatives. Consolidating the regional resources and advocating for cross-campus collaboration, Li initiated and organized the Wabash Valley International Consortium, which engaged five institutions. With in-depth knowledge in SEVIS as PDSO and RO and risk management, he serves as Assistant Editor for the Journal of International Students.
Dr. Li takes academic foundation to heart as a teacher-scholar-administrator. He has taught humanities, literature, cultural studies, and leadership at large public institutions like Iowa State University as well as private institutions focused on education in engineering and applied sciences. With a strong record of academic publications such as John Steinbeck: A Documentary, Steinbeck’s Global Dimensions, Luchen Li’s scholarship in international education, literature, and cross-cultural studies has gained him the honor to serve as keynote speaker at national and international conferences. Dr. Li currently serves as President of the International Society for Steinbeck Scholars, formerly the John Steinbeck Society of America.
Li is a graduate of the Management and Leadership in Education at Harvard University (MLE 2011) and received a doctoral degree from the University of Oregon in 1998, prior to which he received an MA from Suzhou University and a BA from Hebei Teachers University in China.