Dr. Chun Creaser

Dr. Chun CreaserChun Zhang Creaser is currently an Assistant Professor in the Human Services Child and Family Studies concentration at the University of Illinois Springfield. She earned her Ph.D. in Education, Curriculum and Instruction: Family, Youth and Community, in the College of Education and Human Development, at the University of Minnesota. She earned her Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Chun focuses on studying the ecological and environmental influence of immigrant families’ lives, such as how globalization impacts immigrant parent-child learning and development, parent-child conflict management, racial and cultural identity construction, as well as learned resilience, and resourcefulness across lifespan. She has been actively involved in the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) through annual conference presentations and paper reviews. She had reviewed conference papers for NCFR’s Family Policy Section, Family and Health Section; Research and Theory Section and International Section.

Chun’s teaching focuses on Child and Family Studies, such as HMS 537 Treating Children from Diverse Population and HMS 567 Family Dynamics and Interventions. Her teaching philosophy involves three elements: knowing who her students are, understanding where they stand, and determining how to teach to help them reach their goals. Adult students often bring their lived experiences (e.g., cultures) with them while they are exposed to new information, so learning and developing often occurs when new knowledge interacts and connects with their existing experiences and knowledge. Her ultimate goal is focusing on engaging in teaching that promotes students’ academic excellence.

Contact Chun at ccrea4@uis.edu