WALLA WALLA, Wash.--  Six 2006 graduates have accepted positions in the college’s Whitman in China Program and will spend the next year teaching English at three Chinese universities.


            Michael Pinkham, who graduated in May with a degree in Asian studies, and Casey Roberts, a May graduate in Spanish, will teach at Northwestern Polytechnical University in Xi’an, Shaanxi Province, China. Amy Kunkel-Patterson, a May graduate with a degree in biology, and Elisabeth Parrish, who in May graduated magna cum laude with a degree in religion, will teach at Shantou University in Shantou, Guangdong Province, China. Patricia Hayward, who graduated magna cum laude with a double major in English and Asian studies, and Ruth Wherland, who also graduated in May with a degree in Asian studies, will teach at Yunnan University, Kunming, Yunnan, China. Typically, WIC teachers are assigned to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in English conversation, writing, American culture, English literature, or business English for an academic term that begins in late August and ends in mid-July.


            Compensation, provided by the Chinese universities and Whitman College, includes a modest monthly salary to cover basic living expenses in China, university accommodations in China, roundtrip international airfare from the United States, a travel stipend to cover miscellaneous expenses such as visa fees, medical insurance for China and a mandatory three-day teacher training prior to departure.


            The Whitman in China program was established in 1982 by the late David Deal, professor of history, to provide Whitman alumni an opportunity to spend a year living and working in China, where they can witness the rapid modernization of China as they experience Chinese culture first-hand. In addition, the WIC teachers give Chinese university students the rare opportunity to study English with native speakers. More than 100 Whitman alumni have participated in the program to date.


            All Whitman alumni regardless of graduation date are eligible to apply, and although a year or more of Chinese language study is recommended, it is not required. For more information, please contact Whitman’s Study Abroad Office at (509) 527-4992.




CONTACT: Lenel Parish, Whitman College News Service, (509) 527-5156

Email: parishlj@whitman.edu