Dr. Chao is a professor and head of the Chinese Program at Hunter College. She has a Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics from New York University. Dr. Chao received a grant from the U.S. Department of Education in 2001 to establish the Chinese Literacy Project, which led to her pioneering teaching approach of using web-based instructional materials to help students learn characters and build literacy. Since 2007, Dr. Chao has directed STARTALK high school and teacher training programs at Hunter. In 2008, she founded the Hunter College M.A. in the Teaching of Chinese program. Dr. Chao has been the director for the Hunter Chinese Flagship Center since 2011. She was the president of the national Chinese Language Teachers Association (CLTA) in 2013. She also serves on the advisory board on CELIN World (a newly established national initiative by Asia Society to promote Chinese early language immersion) and the SAT II Chinese Subject Test Committee. Dr. Chao is currently working on an online course management system, Chinese For All. Her research interests include second language acquisition, teacher education, and the history of Chinese language instruction in the U.S.