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Dr. Li-Rong Lilly Cheng served as Professor in the School of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences and Executive Director of Chinese Studies Institute at San Diego State University. She is the Managing Director of the Confucius Institute at SDSU.  Professor Cheng served as a member of the board of trustees of the Campanile Foundation of San Diego State University.  She is the past chair of the Multicultural Issues Board for the American Speech, Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) and served as chair of Education Committee for the International Association of Logopedics and Phoniatrics (IALP) and is the president elect of IALP. She is a Fellow of ASHA and received the Honors of ASHA (the highest honor) in 2013. Professor Cheng is the President-Elect of the IALP.  She was selected by ABC as one of 25 most influential  women in the history of San Diego. Professor Cheng was the past President of the Phi Beta Delta Chapter at SDSU. She has received many awards from San Diego State University and professional organizations. She was selected as the outstanding alumnus of Michigan State University.. Dr. Cheng is the recipient of the 1997 ASHA Award for special contributions to Multicultural Affairs and the recipient of the 2002 Diversity Award from the California Speech & Hearing Association. She is on the editorial board of several major professional journals. She has numerous professional publications and has lectured all over the world. In 2007, she received the best research article award from Council of Exceptional Children. She has taught Chinese to individuals across the life span in a multitude of settings. In 2010, she received the Humanitarian Award from the Asian Heritage Foundation. She received the 2012 Monty’s Award from SDSU.  She received the 2013 Diversity Award  from CAPCSD.  She served as consultant for the Sesame Street and Tiffany and Company. Dr. Cheng has published numerous articles and books on cross-cultural communication research, translation and interpretation, language learning and language teaching focusing on the development of an optimal language learning environment (OLLE).  She is a frequent keynote speaker on the topic of speech, language pathology, culture, cross-cultural understanding, language learning and language teaching

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