Meet Our Faculty

Liang Zhao, Ph.D.

Liang ZhaoAssociate Professor

Email: zhao@sxu.edu

Area of Specialization

Foundations of Education (including History of Education, Philosophy of Education and Sociology of Education), Educational Research Design, History of Curriculum, Character Development, Educational Technology, Teacher Education


Liang Zhao [pronounced as in Leon Jaw] grew up in Northeastern China, earned his B.A. in Teaching English as a Foreign Language from Shanghai International Studies University and M.A. in International and Comparative Education from Beijing Normal University. He came to the U.S. as a student, studied at the State University of New York at Buffalo and earned his doctorate in Foundations of Education.

Dr. Zhao joined Saint Xavier University in 2004, teaching foundation courses serving a number of undergraduate and graduate programs. He has been serving as co-program leader and program leader for the Curriculum and Instruction Program for a number of years. His passion is in history and philosophy of education, especially theories and practices that focus on moral and character development - that is, how to help young people become good or better.

Dr. Zhao’s recent fascination is with Rafe Esquith, a fifth-grade teacher in an inner city school in central Los Angeles. Mr. Esquith is one of the greatest teachers in the world, who donates thousands of hours of his time to his students, teaching them skills and lessons that they will use for the rest of their lives. Dr. Zhao’s dream is to inspire his students to become teachers like Mr. Esquith.

Courses Offered

Selected Publications

Zhao, L. (2011). The social dimension of distance learning by interactive television: A qualitative study. Current Issues in Education, 14(2).

Zhao, L. (2010). Lead by example. Journal of the Assembly for Expanded Perspectives on Learning, 16, 129-130.

Bell, D., Spelman, M., Mackley, H., & Zhao, L. (2009). The Teacher Work Sample: Candidate and Mentor Perceptions. Mid-Western Educational Researcher, 22(2), 27-37.

Hardy, M., Spelman, M., Zhao, L., Hofbauer, P., & Becker C. (2007). Faculty collaboration at Saint Xavier University: Involving liberal arts and sciences faculty in teacher preparation. Success in High-Need Schools 3(1).

Zhao, L. (2002). Interactive television in distance education: Benefits and compromises. In J. Herkert (Ed.), Social implications of information and communication technology, 2002 International Symposium on Technology and Society, (pp. 255-61). The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Inc.