Wencui Zhao received her bachelor's in English Language and Literature from Peking University in Beijing, China, and her master's in English Literature from Yunnan University in Kunming. She has taught all levels of English language courses to undergraduate students at Yunnan University over the course of more than 17 years there. She then served as the Chinese native speaker at Whitman for the 2001-2002 academic year, and as a sabbatical replacement in the 2003-2004 academic year. She has been an adjunct instructor at Whitman since 2007, and has taught all levels of Chinese language courses, and is now a lecturer of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (Chinese).
Wencui has additionally been involved in the Whitman in China Program, as well as the Whitman Summer Studies in China Program since it first launched in the summer of 2001.