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East Asian Studies at IU

A Commitment to Collaboration and Research

Heidi Ross

Former Director of EASC

Heidi RossHeidi Ross was constantly engaged with the latest developments in Chinese education and society. Throughout her career, she investigated gender socialization and environmental education in Chinese schools and the difficulties faced by faculty at China’s private colleges and universities as China experiences an unprecedented demand for higher education. With School of Education colleague Laura Stachowski and support from the center, Ross also helped to establish a placement site in China’s Shandong Province for Teacher Education majors through IU’s Cultural Immersion Projects program. Ross, along with other IU and Chinese colleagues, began work on her project, “Developing National Student Engagement Surveys for Chinese Secondary and Higher Education: Effective Practice for an Era of Mass Schooling.” The project included implementation of IU-developed surveys that measure student engagement.

Ross often collaborated with the many graduate students she mentored. She regularly co-presented conference papers and co-authored articles with students. Ross also partnered with the University of Illinois to establish the IL/IN East Asian Education Network Dissertation Workshop. The two schools have co-hosted workshops, giving doctoral students from other universities the chance to present their research and to get feedback and support.

“The longer I’m in academe the more I’ve felt that living as a scholar, teacher, and occasional administrator demands vigilance about the ends of education, to understand what is crucial to our work—and what we are willing to give up,” said Ross. “I realize the two things I can’t give up are collaboration and inter-disciplinary research. Both are crucial to my health as a scholar and human being. Trying to redress problems collaboratively, comparatively, and globally—well, that is a kind of hope in the possibility of taking a journey of solidarity.”

In Memory
Heidi Ann Ross
January 3, 1954 – February 28, 2016