Chinese Language Flagship Program

60 Upper College Road Swan Hall 178, Kingston, RI 02881 – 401.874.5566

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Erin Papa (艾林)

  • Assistant Director
  • Chinese Language Flagship Program
  • Phone: 401.874.5566
  • Fax: 401.874.4694
  • Email:
  • Mailing Address: 178 Swan Hall, 60 Upper College Road
    Kingston, RI 02881


Erin Papa is Assistant Director of the URI Chinese Language Flagship Program in charge of program outreach and administration. In this role, she has seen the program through from its inception as a Flagship Partner Program in 2008 to its present status as a full Chinese Flagship Program.   Erin is also the Director of the Rhode Island Roadmap to Language Excellence initiative, which aims to create K-16 articulated language immersion programs throughout the State of Rhode Island.  Her commitment to changing language education extends into her work in the community, where she serves on the Executive Board of the Rhode Island Foreign Language Association and as the Rhode Island representative on the National Council of State Supervisors for Languages.  She is currently pursuing a PhD with a focus on bilingual education through the University of Rhode Island/Rhode Island College Joint Doctoral Program in Education.

Erin previously held the position of Program Coordinator for the International Engineering Program (IEP), of which she is a graduate, and has taught English as a Second Language in public schools in Central Falls, RI and Melbourne, Australia and at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, RI and Zhejiang University City College in Hangzhou, China. While in Hangzhou, Erin also studied Mandarin at Zhejiang University and co-coordinated the first IEP Study Tour to China in summer 2006.


MEd, Teaching English as a Second Language, Rhode Island College

BA, German, University of Rhode Island

BS, Civil Engineering, University of Rhode Island

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