Faculty

Director
Miglena Nikolova

iglena Nikolova is an Assistant Professor of German at College of DuPage. She holds a PhD in Germanic Studies from University of Illinois at Chicago. She has also earned a 6-12 Illinois Teaching Certificate. During her graduate studies, Miglena Nikolova was a Head Teaching Assistant at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She received the Excellence in Teaching Award and the Graduate Research Award from University of Illinois at Chicago. Currently she is the Language Program Director of the Language School at DANK Haus German American Cultural Center in Chicago. Miglena Nikolova also teaches German language at Dominican University and has taught for seven years English as a Second Language at Triton Community College. She was the co- director of last year's COD Study Abroad Program to Berlin. Her academic interests are in the area of Second Language Acquisition. In addition to dedicating a lot of time to her academic interests, Nikolova enjoys spending time with her family and traveling in Europe.

Co-Director
Zhi Y. Liu  

Zhi Y. Liu is an Instructor of French and Chinese 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 French and Chinese. In addition to COD, she has taught different levels of Chinese classes at Bradley University and different levels of French and Chinese classes at 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 she has been awarded the outstanding adjunct faculty award at COD. During the summers of 2013, 2017 and 2019 she was the co-director of COD's French Study Abroad programs to Bordeaux, France and co-directed the COD China programs to Xian, China in the summers of 2014, 2015 and 2016. In addition to her academic interests, she enjoys reading, and exploring different cultures and arts. She has traveled to multiple European countries. Travels help her expand her knowledge and understanding of different cultures and history. She is looking forward to the German Study Abroad Program in the summer of 2020.

Contact Information

Field and Experiential Learning, Study Abroad and Global Education
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 3520
General inquiries: (630) 942-2356