Yan Z. Ciupak

Yan Ciupak faculty pictureOffice: 2416 Jamrich Hall
Phone: 906-227-1158
Email: yciupak@nmu.edu

Courses taught at NMU:

SO101 (Introduction to Sociology)
SO113 (Social Problems)
SO308 (Research Methods in Social Sciences II)
SO495 (Sociology of Education)
SO 498 (Directed Study)


Ph.D. University at Buffalo (SUNY-Buffalo/UB), 2009
B.A. Shandong University-Main Campus, Jinan, China July 2001   

Teaching and Professional History

2013 to current: Northern Michigan University, Marquette, MI. Assistant Professor
2010-2011: Liberal Studies Department, Kettering University, Flint, MI.  
2003-2006: University at Buffalo (SUNY-Buffalo), Buffalo, NY, Presidential Scholar
2001-2003: Shandong University, Weihai, China. Lecturer, Researcher

Research Interest:

Social Stratification and Mobility, Immigrants, Sociology of Education, Globalization, and Contemporary Chinese Society.

Teaching Philosophy:

For me, the task of the teaching profession is NOT as much about teaching a subject as an expert, as it is about enabling learning. It is NOT as much about passing on knowledge and the “right” set of morals as it is about fostering critical thinking and empathy. Therefore, my goal as an educator is to provide students with the theoretical, conceptual, and analytical tools to investigate the social world. In this process, students discover their own truths about themselves and the world around them.  

                              “Good teaching comes from the identity and integrity of the teacher.”   

                                                       --  Parker Palmer, 1998 (The Courage to Teach, P.10)

Selected Publications:  

Book Chapters

Ciupak, Y. (Forthcoming). Immigrants’ children: A review of four decades of empirical research in the United States 1965-2011. In Some & Pierre (Eds.) Re-defining America: The new wave of minority students and immigrants of color. Charlotte: Information Age Publishing.

Ciupak, Y. & Stich, A. (2012). The changing educational opportunity structure in China. In L. Weis & N. Dolby (Eds.) Social Class and Education: Global Perspectives. New York: Routledge.

Weis, L., Ciupak, Y., et al. (2011). Sociology of Education in the United States. In S.Tozer, B.Gallegos & A.Henry (Eds.) Handbook of Research in the Social Foundations of Education. New York: Routledge. 

 Zhao, Y. (2006). Critical theories in Sociology of Education: Dynamics, debates, and directions. In Yan Zhao (Ed.), A Collection of Western Educational Research (pp. 1-34). Hong Kong: Tian Ma Publishing House.


Ciupak, Y. (Forthcoming). On the nexus of local and global: Chinese higher education and college students in the era of globalization. New York: AMC Press

Zhao, Y. (Ed.) (2006). A Collection of Western Educational Research. Hong Kong: Tian Ma Publishing House.