Mingda Sun, Ph.D.

Visiting assistant professor of Chinese

Email:[email protected]

Department: Comparative Languages and Linguistics
Languages and Cultures

Programs: Chinese Languages
Chinese Studies

Location: Carpenter Hall Room 237
801 National Road
Richmond, Indiana 47374

About me

I was born and raised in a city in northeastern China, and I earned a master’s degree and a doctorate in second language teaching at the University of Alabama. I also acquired the certificate of Middle Chinese Teacher in 2012. I have taught Mandarin for years, and I believe that my role as a teacher affects not only my students’ academic development but also their socio-cultural perceptions. I am deeply honored to join the Earlham team devoted to establishing student-centered classrooms. Because Mandarin is spoken so widely in the world, I hope to contribute my energy and enthusiasm to helping my students to use the language properly in diverse social and cultural settings.


  • Ph.D., University of Alabama
  • M.A., University of Alabama

Scholarly interest

My scholarly interests are second language development, second language acquisition, applied linguistics, Chinese and Asian culture.

Published works


Sun, M. D., Summers, R., & Mantero, M. (2014). Chinese adult second language learners’ learning strategy and communicative strategy use. Journal of Second and Multiple Language Acquisition, 2(1), 1–21.

Sun, J. – P., Mendiola, M. & Sun, M. – D. (in press). Understanding school turnaround from the perspective of school leadership: A review of research evidence. In C. Meyers & M. Darwin, M. (Eds.), International perspectives on leading low-performing schools. New York: Information Age

Peer-Reviewed Presentations

Sun, M. D. (2013). Chinese adult English learners’ learning strategy and communicative strategy use. Presentation made at the meeting of the AMTESOL Conference, Huntsville, AL.

Sun, M. D. (2017). An investigation into adult ESL learners’ self-regulated learning strategies and reading comprehension. Presentation made at the meeting of the UA Language Conference, Tuscaloosa, AL.

Mendiola, B., Sun, M. D., & Sun, J. P. (2016). Leadership strategies for school turnaround: A review of research evidence. Presentation made at the Annual UCEA Convention, Detroit, MI.

Mendiola, B., & Sun, M.- D., & Sun, J.- P. (2017). School turnaround leadership: A review of research evidence. Presentation made at the annual meeting of AERA, San Antonio, TX.