Lan Dong Honored at UIS

Lan Dong in class

A Distinguished Professor

Lan Dong, UIS English professor, has been named the Louise Hartman Schewe and Karl Schewe Professor in Liberal Arts and Sciences. Her three-year professorship will provide support as Lan pursues her research interests.

Her research focuses on Asian American literature and more specifically, women. She has published books on Mulan and Amy Tan and contributed to books on graphic narratives, Asian American culture and the Asian American heroines.

On Monday, January 22, 2018, 5:00 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom, Lan will receive the medallion that symbolizes her new position at a Ceremony of Investiture. She will be speaking on “The (Un)masking of the Asian American Superhero.”

You are cordially invited. Please RSVP by by Monday, January 15, 2018 by phone at 217.206.6058 or by email at

Known for her excellent teaching

Since coming to UIS in 2006, Lan Dong has been name a University Scholar by the University of Illinois for her excellence in teaching and scholarship. She has also received the Faculty Excellence Award for Scholarship from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the Pearson Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence at UIS.

We have asked former students to tell us what made Lan’s teaching so special.

Graphic novels and world citizenship

One of Lan’s innovations at UIS has been including graphic novels in the English curriculum.

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