Lan Dong is the Louise Hartman and Karl Schewe Professor in Liberal Arts and Sciences and Professor of English at UIS. She is a recipient of University Scholar, Pearson Faculty Award, Faculty Excellence Award, Undergraduate Research Faculty Mentor Award, among other honors and recognition. She was a College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Faculty Fellow in 2015 and a Center for Online Learning, Research, and Service (COLRS) Faculty Fellow from 2020 to 2022. She served as Department Chair of English and Modern Languages from 2017 to 2019, Interim Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences from 2021 to 2022, and Interim Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences from 2022 to 2023.
Books: Reading Amy Tan, Mulan’s Legend and Legacy in China and the United States, Transnationalism and the Asian American Heroine, Teaching Comics and Graphic Narratives, Asian American Culture: From Anime to Tiger Moms, & 25 Events That Shaped Asian American History
Journal articles, book chapters, and essays on Asian American literature, children's and young adult literature, comics and graphic narratives, online teaching and learning, and women writers