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Liya Li PhD

Liya Li, PhD

Liya Li, PhD

Professor, English

Technology Center, Room 8310


Liya Li, PhD, joined the English faculty at RCC in 1995 and earned the rank of Professor in 2009. Among the courses she has taught are College Writing I and II, World Literature, Theories and Practice of Researching, and Elementary and Intermediate Chinese. Before coming to RCC, she taught English Composition and Basic Writing as an adjunct assistant professor at two CUNY colleges, Baruch College and LaGuardia Community College.

Dr. Li has made presentations on a wealth of topics at professional conferences across the country.


  • BS Electrical Engineering, Dalian University, Dalian, China, 1976
  • MA English Language and Literature, Northeast Normal University, Changchun, China, 1982
  • MS Curriculum and Instruction, Southern Illinois University, 1988
  • PhD Curriculum and Instruction, Southern Illinois University, 1992


  • RCC Foundation Leadership Award, 2007
  • Outstanding Asian American, Town of Ramapo, 2006
  • SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2003
  • RCC President's Award for Research & Scholarship, 2002
  • NISOD Award for Excellence in Teaching Award, 2000

Professional Accomplishments

  • Fellowship, Expanding East Asian Studies Program, Columbia University, 2005
  • Fellowship, Asian Studies Development Program of the East-West Center, University of Hawaii, 2002

Publications (Selected)

  • “Japanese Aesthetics and the Tale of Genji: Expanding East Asian Studies Teaching Unit,” Teaching Materials and Resources, East Asian Institute, Columbia University, New York, NY, 2005
  • “My World of the Unknown: A Catharsis for the Sexual Awakening of an Egyptian Woman Writer,Community Review, Vol. XVII, 2001
  • A Guide to Writing Documented Essays in College, 2nd Edition. Co-authored with Dr. Sue Commanday. Publisher: SUNY Rockland Community College, 1999

Presentations (Selected)

  • “The RCC Writing Center: A Home Away From Home,” 14th Asian Studies Development Program National Conference, Chicago, 2008
  • “Using Literature as Medicine: The Self-healing of an Egyptian Woman Writer,”
  • Hawaii International Conference on Arts & Humanities, Honolulu, 2008
  • “Retention of Students of Color in the Composition Classroom,” SUNY-Wide Conference on Retention of Students of Color, Syracuse, NY, 2005


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