Core Faculty

Dr. Beverly J. Butcher
Beverly J. Butcher received her B.A. degree in English and her M.A. degree in Folklore from the University of California at Berkeley. She earned her Ph.D. in Folklore & Folklife from the University of Pennsylvania. This scholar-teacher is the author of Chinese and Chinese American Ancestor Veneration in the Catholic Church, 635 A.D. to the Present (Edwin Mellen Press, 2010) as well as of numerous folklore-related articles. As former Associate Professor of English (2010-2019), Chair of the English Department (2012-2018) and Director of the Cultural Center (2011-2017) at the New York Institute of Technology, Nanjing, she has rich experience teaching language courses to students in China.

Dr. Butcher holds a TEFL-TESOL Certificate and has successfully prepared students for IELTS and TOEFL exams.  She is the recipient of several teaching recognition awards: NYIT President’s Award for Student Engagement by Faculty in Global Education Finalist; NYIT Presidential Award in Student Engagement in Cross-Disciplinary Activities, Nominated; Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award, University of North Florida, Nominated; The Dean’s Award for Distinguished Teaching, University of Pennsylvania, Awarded; two Chimicles Teaching of Writing Across the University Fellowships, University of Pennsylvania, Awarded. This long-time friend of China now lives in Ormond-by-the-Sea, Florida where she is working on a book about American folk art and teaching international students online.


Dr. Boncho Dragiyski

Professor Boncho Dragiyski holds an M.A. degree in Second Language Acquisition from Western University (London, Canada), an M.A. degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, U.S.), and a Ph.D. from the Washington University in Saint Louis (Saint Louis, U.S.), where he pursued tracks in Second Language Acquisition and Interdisciplinary Studies. He has rich experience teaching in the U.S. and China, and he has received a number of teaching awards. Boncho Dragiyski has received training in teaching foreign languages from ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages). He has taught language courses to international students since 2003. He is an English professor at New York Institute of Technology (NYIT), Nanjing Campus and Director of NYIT Writing Center and Campus Commons since 2016. He has successfully prepared students for IELTS and TOEFL exams, and he has a profound understanding of the best practices for enhancing online education experiences.

Rose Qianqian Yang

Rose Qianqian Yang holds a B.A. degree in Management from Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine (2012) and an M.B.A. from the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT; 2017) where she has been an English Language Instructor for one year. With five years of TOEFL teaching experience, she excels in teaching TOEFL Reading and Speaking with pure American pronunciation. Furthermore, she has over three years of experience in teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language with an expertise in teaching HSK (Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi: Chinese Proficiency Test) and HSK pre-exam tutorials. She holds multiple certifications including a Mandarin Certificate issued by the Jiangsu Provincial Language Committee; an Intermediate-Level English Interpretation Certificate issued by the Shanghai Foreign Language Interpretation Certificate Examination Committee, and a Teachers of Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages Certificate issued by the Confucius Institute Headquarters in Beijing, China.