Jing Yan

Research Associate Professor & Director of Grant Services

Jing Yan, Ph.D.

Dr. Yan is currently the Research Associate Professor and Director of Grant Services of College of Engineering at Tennessee State University. She got her Ph.D. from Jackson State University in 2018. She has been assistant and associate professor in Nanjing Forestry University from 2008 to 2023. She teaches academic writing, second language acquisition and material science English. Her expertise is in engineering education, underrepresented student’s development in STEM education, data analysis using SPSS and discourse analysis, artificial intelligence, and human-computer interaction. Dr. Yan is the author or co-author of 20 peer-reviewed papers and principal investigator or co-principal investigator of more than 17 major research grants.


Office: 230A Torrence Hall
Phone: 615-963-5400
Email: jyan@tnstate.edu


  • Jackson State University, Ph.D., Educational Administration and Supervision, May 2018
  • Georgia Institute of Technology, MS, Computer Science, August 2023 - date
  • Yangzhou University, MA, English Language and Literature, July 2008
  • Yangzhou University, BA, English Education, July 2005

Honors and Awards:

  • Excellence Project Award of Social Science Applied Research by Jiangsu Federation of Philosophy and Social Science, Second Prize, 2019
  • Outstanding Teachers of Nanjing Forestry University, 2019
  • Craig Benson Award by Jackson State University, 2018

Employment History:

  • Research Associate Professor and Director of Grant Services, College of Engineering, Tennessee State University, January 2024-current
  • Visting Professor, Tennessee State University, July 2022-December 2023
  • Associate Professor, Nanjing Forestry University, July 2019- December 2023
  • Assistant Professor, Nanjing Forestry University, July 2008-July 2019
  • Department Head of English Department, Nanjing Forestry University, 2020- 2022
  • Coordinator of College-Level English, Nanjing Forestry University, 2018- 2020
  • Research Assistant, Jackson State University, 2016- 2018

Research Interest:

  • Engineering Education
  • Underrepresented student’s Development in STEM Education
  • Artificial Intelligence, Human-Computer Interaction, Machine Learning
  • Data Analysis using SPSS and Discourse Analysis


  • Yan, J., Liu, S., Armwood-Gordon, C., & Li, L. (2023). Factors affecting Active Flipped Learning on Underrepresented students in Three STEM Courses. Education and Information Technologies, 1-14.
  • Yan, J., Armwood-Gordon, C., & Li, L. (2023). Assessing the Impact of State Funding on Higher Education in the United States: Trends, Allocation, and Implications. International Journal of Research Publications, 139(1), 204-209.
  • Yan, J., & Li, L. (2023). An Investigation of Educational Leader’s Personality Style Inventory in K12 and Higher Education Levels. International Journal of English Literature and Social Sciences, 8(6), 262-266.
  • Yan, J., Sun, R. (2022). Two New Prenylated 2-Arylbenzofurans from Artocarpus nanchuanensis and Their Antirespiratory Burst Activities. Chemistry of Natural Compound, 58, 442–445.
  • Yan, J., Yan, Y, & Zhu, Y. (2021). A comparison of the application of Total Physical Response method in Chinese and US online classroom teaching, Science Popular, 1348 (10), 35-36.
  • Yan, J., Wen, K.J., & Li, L. (2019). Effects of summer transportation institute on minority high school students’ perception on stem learning, Journal of STEM education: Innovations and Research, 2019, 20(2):58-64.
  • Yan, J., & Howard, B.L. (2019). Student Leadership Displayed in an Active Flipped Learning STEM Course Compared to a Non-Active Flipped Learning STEM Course, Journal of Research in Higher Education, 2: 23-38.
  • Yan, J; Li, L; Yin, J; Nie, Y. (2018). A Comparison of Flipped and Traditional Classroom Learning: A Case Study in Mechanical Engineering. International Journal of Engineering Education, 34 (6): 1876-1887.
  • Yan, J., & Nie, Y., & Li, L., & Yin, J. (2018). Board 85: Preliminary Study of Active Flipped Learning in Engineering Mechanics Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Salt Lake City, Utah. https://peer.asee.org/30122
  • Mao, M., & Yan, J. (2024). An Interpretation of the Love Tragedy in The Age of Innocence from the Perspective of the Topographical Level. An Interpretation of the Love Tragedy in The Age of Innocence from the Perspective of the Topographical Level, 140(1), 10-10.
  • Ding, C., & Yan, J. (2023). The Study of Pauses in Oral Production from the Perspective of Language Proficiency. International Journal of Language, Literature and Culture, 3(6), 1-15.
  • Shi, A., Li, W., Zhang, X., Liu, L., Chen, W., Yan, J., Niu, X., Lv, J., and Li, X. (2023). Metal Clusters Effectively Adjust the Local Environment of Polymeric Carbon Nitride for Bifunctional Overall Water Splitting, The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, 14(44), 9804-9810.
  • Cai, S.J., Wen, L., & Yan, J. (2021). The application of artificial intelligence in primary and secondary school English Teaching, English Square, 173 (10), 131-133.
  • Zheng, W., & Yan, J., & Shih, H. (2019). Prompting Active Learning through Implementing Self-regulated Learning Assessment in Multiple STEM Courses, Journal of Modern Education Review, 9 (8):517-531.
  • Zheng, W., & Yan, J., & Allison, J. R., & Zhang, Z., & Shih, H. (2018), Board 165: Effects of Online Collaborative Learning with Scaffolding in Multiple STEM Courses Based on Results from Three Consecutive-Year Implementation Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Salt Lake City, Utah. https://peer.asee.org/29970.
  • Zheng, W., & Yuan, Y., & Yan, J., & Allison, J. R., & Yin, J. (2018), Board 166: Exploring Follow-up Effect of Scaffolding for Creative Problem Solving through Question Prompts in Project-based Community Service Learning Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Salt Lake City, Utah. https://peer.asee.org/29971.

Research Grants:

  • Participant: NSF HBCU-UP program: Implementation Project: Enhancement of CUREs-based Curriculum and Immersive Engineering Studio to Enhance Engineering Education and Retention of Underrepresented Engineers at TSU, 2023-2028.
  • Co-Participant Investigator: NSF S-STEM Organizational Partnerships Research Hub Program, 2022-2023.
  • Participant: NSF: Investigating the Effect of Active Flipped Learning in STEM Education, 2016-2019.
  • Participant: NSF: Investigation of Effects of Scaffolding Creative Problem Solving Through Question Prompts in Project-Based Service Learning. 2015-2018.
  • Participant: NSF Broadening Participation Research Project: Effects of Scaffolding Cyber-Enabled Collaborative Learning in Authentic STEM Education Settings.
  • Participant: NSF Targeted Infusion Project: Prompting Effective Active Learning through Implementing Self-Regulated Learning Assessment in Diverse STEM Learning Settings, 2014-2018.
  • Principal Investigator: Department of Education Industry-Academia Collaboration Synergy for Student Development Project: Design of English Chinese Interpretation Curriculum System and Development of Teaching Resources, 2022-2024.
  • Principal Investigator: Jiangsu social science foundation: The research on ESP curriculum system based on CLIL theory, 2020-2022.
  • Principal Investigator: Major research project: "Jointly building a new ecology of high-quality foreign language education" in Jiangsu colleges and universities: Ideological construction and implementation methods of English professional courses, 2022-2024.
  • Principal Investigator: Jiangsu University Philosophy and Social Science Research Fund Project: The research on the effectiveness of hybrid teaching based on active learning theory, 2019-2021.
  • Principal Investigator: Jiangsu Provincial General Project of College Students’ Practical Innovation Training Program: The research of ideological practice on English major curriculum, 2022-2024.
  • Principal Investigator: Jiangsu Province Postgraduate Practice Innovation Program: Research on the relationship between translation quality and lexical chunks usage in interpreting practice, 2022-2023.
  • Principal Investigator: Jiangsu Province Postgraduate Practice Innovation Program: The research on English Chinese business news translation under the guidance of functional equivalence theory, 2022-2023.
  • Principal Investigator: Jiangsu Province Massive Open Online Course: Materials Science English, 2018-2019.
  • Principal Investigator: Jiangsu University Philosophy and Social Science Research Fund Project: The research of teaching ecologic terms from the perspective of corpus research, 2017-2019.
  • Principal Investigator: High-quality Project of Applied Research of Social Sciences in Jiangsu Province: The research of teaching ESP terms based on CLIL theory, 2017-2018.
  • Principal Investigator: Young Science and Technology Innovation Fund Project in Nanjing Forestry University: The Construction of terminology system based on the Framework of discourse community, 2017-2019.


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