As a College Board consultant for AP Chinese, T. Richard Chi has taught AP Chinese workshops and summer institutes in the U.S. and abroad since 2006. He has written various professional development materials for AP Chinese teachers and participated in projects reviewing the AP Chinese Language and Culture curriculum framework and resource materials. He served on the AP Chinese Development Committee first as College Board Advisor (2007-2009) and later as Chief Reader for the AP Chinese Language and Culture Exam (2011-2016). Currently, he serves as a member of the Steering Committee for the College Board AP Annual Conference. In addition, as an ACTFL-certified Mandarin Chinese OPI tester and trainer of OPI testers, he has conducted numerous workshops on the OPI and proficiency-based language instruction and assessment in the U.S. and abroad.
Richard is Professor Emeritus of Chinese language and linguistics in the Department of World Languages and Cultures at the University of Utah. He served as Department Chair from 1998 to 2004. He also served as Director of the Chinese School at Middlebury College from 1993 to 2002. His research areas include second language acquisition, applied linguistics, curriculum and assessment design, language learning strategies, and teaching Chinese as a second language. He has participated in various research and material development projects for ACTFL, Center for Applied Linguistics, US Department of Education, the Army Defense Language Institute, the National Foreign Language Center at the University of Maryland, Center for Applied Second Language Studies at the University of Oregon, and the College Board.
Richard received his MA and Ph.D. in linguistics from UCLA.