Patrick Shaou-Whea Dodge is Instructor and Associate Program Chair at the University of Colorado Denver's International College Beijing. He also serves as the editor on duty for China Agricultural University’s journal publication, “Proceedings of URP – Related Research at ICB” (2008-Present).
An Intercultural Communications major at San Jose State University, Patrick later earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in Culture and Communication with a minor in International Studies from the University of Denver. His doctoral research included in-depth interviews with 2008 Beijing Olympic volunteers about their communication encounters with international visitors during the games and how, through the trope of harmony, the ‘New Face’ of China was performed. His current research moves in two directions: 1) focusing on how art and the internet are opening up new possibilities for communicative resistance that push the boundaries of ‘free speech’ in China and, 2) building cross-cultural alliances between China and the U.S. by helping western scholars understand Chinese communication practices and; helping Chinese scholars understand how western scholars understand Chinese communication practices.
Patrick has taught communication courses at ICB since 2007. His teaching philosophy is rooted in the combination of theory and practice, concepts and application, which he believes can lead to exciting insights and understanding not only within but also outside of the classroom in everyday practice. Patrick’s mixed ethnic background (Chinese/Taiwanese-American and European-American) has fueled his passion to learn more about China and Chinese culture and communication. When he is not teaching or working on his research, you can find Patrick at Beijing’s Silk Market busy learning how to improve his haggling skills.