Zhi Y. Liu, Instructor of French and Chinese
Zhi Y. Liu is an Instructor of Chinese and French at College of DuPage since 1992. A native of Shanghai, China, she holds a B.A. in Modern and Classical French Language and Literature and a minor in Chinese Language from the Shanghai Foreign Language Institute, a M.A. in French Literature from The Ohio State University and finished her Ph.D. courses at University of Maryland. Liu has extensive teaching experience in Chinese. In addition to COD, she has taught different levels of Chinese classes at Bradley University and Elgin Community College. Her teaching philosophy is to guide and mentor students with a caring, inspirational, challenging and secure environment where ideas can be shared and respected.Twice awarded the outstanding adjunct faculty award at COD. During the summer of 2013, she was the co-director of a successful French Study Abroad program to Bordeaux, France and co-directed the China program last summer. In addition to her academic interests, she enjoys reading, and exploring different cultures and arts.

Marco Benassi, Professor of Speech and Film

Speech and Film Professor Marco Benassi, became academically engaged and found his purpose as a student here at COD, leading him to complete a bachelor's degree in speech from Bradley University, a master's degree in journalism from The Ohio State University and a master of fine arts degree from Columbia College Chicago. He began as a freelance writer for the Chicago Tribune's Tempo, Friday and Travel sections and worked as a speech trainer at The Executive Technique before returning to teach at COD, where he was named the 2000-2001 Outstanding Faculty Member and one of this year's Outstanding Alumni. Marco wrote and directed three plays as well as a short film shot in Italy. Selected to the first class of the National Forensics' Hall of Fame, he is an award winning national speech champion and has coached hundreds of students on speech teams at The Ohio State University, here at COD and Wheaton Warrenville South High School. He is very passionate about helping people push past their fears, traveling, film, hiking and spending time in the wilderness. He has lead more than 100 Field Studies throughout the United States, in addition to Africa, Cuba, Italy and the United Kingdom. He is very excited to be a part of this year's program to China.




Contact Information

Field and Experiential Learning, Study Abroad and Global Education
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 3509
General inquiries: (630) 942-2356