Sue-mei Wu received her Ph.D. in linguistics, with a minor in language pedagogy, from Ohio State University. She has taught at Ohio State University, Harvard University and Carnegie Mellon University.
During her more than two decades of CFL teaching, she has devoted her linguistic, pedagogy and technology expertise to creating and developing various innovative new Chinese courses, textbooks, online courses, and teacher training. She has designed, developed and coordinated all levels of Chinese language and culture courses and received several awards and grants to support developing online language, culture and folk performance modules. She was the chair of the Chinese LearnLab of the Pittsburgh Science of Learning Center (PSLC, funded by NSF), and the PI of various online Chinese language and culture projects. She is the project leader and coordinator of the Chinese Online project funded by NSF & CMU’s Open Learning Initiative (OLI). She is the lead author of the Chinese Link textbook series & Pearson’s MyChineseLab (Beginning and Intermediate levels), the co-author of Classical Chinese Primer (Hong Kong: The Chinese University Press) and the co-author of a new textbook for heritage learners.
Sue-mei is the Executive Director of the national Chinese Language Teachers Association (CLTA). In that role she runs the CLTA headquarters. She is also the founder, president and board member of Chinese Language Teachers Association of Western Pennsylvania (since 2014, CLTA-WPA) and has served as a board member of Chinese Language Teachers Association (CLTA, Nov 2009-Nov 2012), and on the Editorial Boards of FLA (Foreign Language Annuals, 2010-2017), JCLTA/CSL (2015-2020) and SCLT (since 2014).
With her great efforts to incorporate technology-enhanced learning in language teaching and learning, she has been nationally and internationally recognized, receiving a 2014 CLTA/ACTFL Innovative Excellence in the Teaching of Chinese as a Foreign Language award, being nominated for the Pearson Cite 2015 Excellence in Online Teaching award, and a finalist for CMU’s 2016 Teaching Innovation Award.
Dr. Wu's projects can be classified into three categories: technology-enhanced learning, textbooks, and linguistics landscape and digital storytelling. She often studies the efficacy of these projects through her coursework with students.