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Dr. Shu-Chuan Wang-McGrath

International Education and Services Advisor (DSO)
International Education and Services

Office: International Village, Room 124G 

Describe your job in the Office of International Education and Services/Intensive English Program.

In addition to teaching Chinese language classes in the Department of Modern Languages, Anthropology, and Geography (former Department of Global Cultures and Languages), Chinese Civilization in the Department of History, I serve as an International Counselor in the Office of International Education and Services. I team up with other staff in the office to provide assistance to international students and scholars in all areas, from academic and personal counseling to advising and orienting the students about our campus and community. I also serve as a study abroad advisor to all SEMO students to assist them apply for study abroad programs overseas. I also take SEMO students for a short-term study abroad trip to Taiwan through SEMO study abroad programs.

Besides SEMO, where else have you worked and/or studied?
  • Taught at University of Missouri-St.Louis, MO
  • Taught at Lindenwood University in St.Louis, MO
  • Taught at National Quemoy Univeristy in Taiwan
  • Taught at Mingdao University in Taiwan
  • Went to Southern Illinois University in Carbondale for MA in Linguistics
  • Went to Indiana University of Pennsylvania for PhD in Composition and TESOL
What is one thing you like about working at SEMO?

I like the friendly collegial community.

What are your favorite things to do in and around Cape Girardeau?
  • I love taking morning and evening walks.
  • I enjoy finding natural resources while walking, e.g. persimmons and fall leaves in the Fall season. I also make bookmarks with fall leaves, and make persimmon candy to share with friends.
  • I love my two cats, Furby and White Sox. I love spending time playing with them.
What is one interesting fact about you?

I was believed to have hollow legs!

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?

Asia is still my favorite place to travel. Asian food is my one weakness.

What is one piece of advice you would give to SEMO students (international or domestic)?

I encourage SEMO students to be open-minded and explore the world and other cultures. For international students, explore the world through Cape Girardeau. International students can meet domestic students as well as other international students at SEMO. For domestic students, come to meet our international students. They bring the world to SEMO, and to you. As Edgar H. Schein said, “Most of my important lessons about life have come from recognizing how others from a different culture view things”. The cross-cultural encounter can happen right here at SEMO as a SEMO student.


International Village

International Education and Services
One University Plaza, MS 2000
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701