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Department of Educational Foundations & Literacy

Lovinger Building Room 3155
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Phone: 660.543.8641
Dr. Dawna Lisa (Buchanan) Butterfield, Chair


Dr. Yuankun Yao


Yuankun YaoProfessor of Education

Educational Assessment and Educational Research


Office: Lovinger 3132
Phone: 660-543-4748




Ph.D., Educational Administration, Curriculum, & Instruction, University of Nebraska-Lincoln


Courses Regularly Taught

Advanced Assessment and Evaluation
Curriculum Development and Assessment
Introduction to Research
Advanced Curriculum Development and Assessment


Professional Experience

Assistant/Associate/Full Professor, University of Central Missouri, 2003-Present

Coordinator of Assessment and Program Evaluation, School District Five of Lexington and Richland Counties, South Carolina, 2000-2003

Assistant/Associate Professor, Fudan University, 1989-1997


About Me

Hi, everyone! I was born and raised in Zhejiang Province, close to Shanghai, China. Before joining UCM, I worked as the coordinator of assessment and program evaluation for a school district in South Carolina. I have been teaching UCM since 2003. I like movies and fishing, but don't have time for either activity. I also enjoy cooking and eating good food, for which I do find some time. My wife and I have two lovely daughters.