B.Ed. - Huazhong Normal University, 1985
M.S. - Wheelock College, 1988
Ed.D. - University of Memphis, 1992


Dr. Jianhua (Jay) Feng joined the faculty in 1999 and is a Professor of Education in Tift College of Education.  His areas of specialty include curriculum and Instruction (Early Childhood), Child Development and learning, and multicultural education (Asian American education).  He teaches a variety of courses in the Early Learning and Development (ELAD) program at the undergraduate level and in Elementary/Early Childhood Education at both undergraduate and graduate levels.  Dr. Feng was the recipient of the Cathryn Futral Excellence in Teaching Award in 2007 and a Governor’s Teaching Fellow in 2018.  His research interests include Asian American Education, play-based learning, emergent literacy, ESOL, and teacher decision making.  Dr. Feng is a published author of academic and literary works in various outlets, and has made numerous presentations at state/regional and national/international levels.


Dr. Feng teaches a variety of courses in B.S. Early Learning and Development (ELAD) and in B.S./M.Ed./Ed.S. Elementary Education. Currently he is the academic advisor for M.Ed. students in Elementary Education (on-line) and the supervisor of Ed.S. Capstone projects in Elementary Education.
ELAD 230  Learning through Play and Exploration
EDUC257 Psychology and Development of the Young Learner
ELAD 310  Emergent Literacy in Young Children
ELAD 403  Home, School, and Community Relation
EDUC690  Introduction to Educational Research
EDUC735  Issues and Trends in Elementary Education
EDUC750 Advanced Seminar in Elementary Education


Dr. Feng’s research interests include Asian American Education, emergent/early literacy, ESOL, and teacher decision making. He is a published author and also a frequent presenter at professional conferences. He has presented at American Educational Research Association (AERA), Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI), National Association for Education of Young Children (NAEYC), and other international/national conferences. 


Smith, A. & Feng, J. (2018).  Literature Circle and Gifted Students: Boosting Reading
Motivation and Performance.
Robinson, L. & Feng, J. (2016). Effect of Direct Grammar Instruction on Student Writing
Hunt, M. & Feng, J. (2016). Improving Vocabulary of English Language Learners
through Direct Vocabulary Instruction.
Feng, J. (2008). Once bitten by a snake. In Worley, J.; Morris, M; & Stramiello, A. (Eds.). (2008),
Sometimes I Did All I Could.  Mercer University Press.
Feng, J. (2007).  School-Home Partnership:  Research and Reflection. In Ouyang and Chen, (Eds.).
Research and Development in Education.  P. 252-278. Beijing, China:  Remin University Press.
Sun, J. & Feng, J. (Eds.) (2000). American Culture and American Education. Beijing,
China:  The Social Science Publishing House of China.
Feng, J. (1998).  MI theory and education reform in China.  In Bao, Q. (Ed.), World
Education Development and China’s Education Reform, p. 128-143.  Beijing,
China:  People’s Education Publishing House.
Feng, J. (1995).  Asian-American children:  What teachers should know.  ERIC
Digest. Urbana, IL:  ERIC Clearinghouse on Elementary and Early Childhood Education.


Over the years, Dr. Feng has provided valuable service to various professional organizations, including serving as board member of Chinese American Educational Research and Development Association (CAERDA) and as site visitor for the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC).