Professor Ching-Ying Pan, Dean of the College of Education and Communication, passed away on the morning of May 23, 2018 at Hualien Tzu Chi General Hospital, with family members by her side. Professor Pan was born in 1956, devoted to education for her entire life and nurtured numerous students. In the eyes of faculty members and staff, she was an advocate of righteousness. Professor Pan was also a kind and compassionate person whom students loved looking to for help.
Professor Pan joined Tzu Chi University in 1998. In April 2017, she was promoted to Dean of the College of Education and Communication, and since then, she vigorously worked on enhancing a better learning environment, initiating curriculum reform, and augmenting the effectiveness of operating a college.
Professor Pan obtained her Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Pittsburgh, USA, and her field was Psychology in Education. After coming back from the US, she joined Tzu Chi University and was in charge of the Center of Continuing Education. From 1998, Professor Pan took part in every phase of Tzu Chi University’s development, and went through numerous challenges and hardships. She had an open mind, and always maintained uprightness in her heart to face everything. Moreover, Professor Pan had a kind and optimistic mind, to care for every colleague, and guide them to do their best for Tzu Chi’s Education Mission.
Professor Pan was a Tzu Chi University faculty member for twenty years. She was in charge of numerous centers, offices or institutes, including the Center for Continuing Education, the Center for General Education, the Center for Teacher Education, the Center for English Education, the Office of Institutional Research, the Institute of Education, and so on. Professor Pan made every endeavor for Tzu Chi University’s development.
Professor Pan employed her expertise in English teaching to guide students of TCU’s Center for Teacher Education, to devote themselves in teaching students residing in remote areas of Hualien County. Many youngsters benefited from Professor Pan’s endeavors.
Professor Pan regarded her students as friends, and always did her best to share everything she knew with them. Facing the trend of widening disparity among her students, Professor Pan tried to expand her room to accommodate everyone, as vast as an ocean. Moreover, Professor Pan worked with faculty members of the College of Education and Communication, to provide rich soil for enhancing students’ learning. They also played the role of gardeners to prune trees mindfully, helping students overcome their learning difficulties and discomforts in making changes. Professor Pan really wanted to equip students to be able to think independently
Tzu Chi University’s faculty members, staff and students feel deeply saddened by Professor Pan’s passing. We are grateful to her for everything she did with selflessness for Tzu Chi University. Best wishes to you, Professor Pan! We also wish to express our condolences to Professor Pan’s family and her students, and wish them well.