Instructor Jim Nielsen Sias international university
My Chinese Name • 李诚哲 LîChéngzhé
Jim Nielsen • My hometown is Des Moines, Iowa, USA • My wife, Michele and my oldest son, Jared and his wife, Kayla also teach at Sias • My sons, Jacob (18), James (8) and daughter, Maria (16) • also are with us at Sias • My son, Joshua (20), is a junior at University of North • Carolina-Charlotte, where are US home is located • My core competencies are in banking, human • relations, recruiting and training • I have taught for one year at Sias
Educational & Professional Background • Education: • BA Management • Luther College, Decorah, Iowa • Graduate studies in cross-cultural relations • Fuller Seminary • Career: • Retail Banking and Financial planning, Operational support for retail banking centers – Wells Fargo Bank 15 years • Human Resources Recrutiment, Management and Training – Pacific Resources, Inc and Willam Carey International University – 15 years • Faculty: Southeast University, Nanjing, Jiangsu, China teaching English – 1 year
Affiliations, Awards and personal mission statement • Member of Desiring God Community Church, Charlotte, NC • Member of Optimist Club, Charlotte, NC • I lead award top associate, Harris Teeter, Inc 2013 • Number 1 Service Banker Wachovia Bank 2007 • Eagle Scout Award, highest achievement in Boy Scouts of America 1974 • My main goal is to improve the quality of life of everyone I come into significant contact with, whether that be to encourage or enhance a person's life spiritually, intellectually and emotionally or to be physically fit for life.
Official NIELSEN bio • Mr. Nielsen is currently an instructor of Business at Sias International University in Xinzheng, Henan, China. Courses taught include Management, Monetary Banking, Commercial Banking and Advanced Leadership. Prior to his move to China, Jim had a successful 15 years in the financial services industry with Wells FargoBank. Jim received a B.A. in Management from Luther College, in his home state of Iowa. After serving two years as a youth director in a large church in St Paul, MN, Jim began a cross-cultural career supervising construction of a hospital, orphanage and school in rural Pignon, Haiti. He followed that by serving for 12 years with the US Center for World Mission (USCWM), in Pasadena, CA with short term stints teaching in Kapenguria, Kenya and a year in Nanjing, China. Jim, along with his wife, Michele, founded and directed a non-profit organization focused on cross culture training from 1988-1992 in Minneapolis, MN. From 1993-1996, Jim pioneered a niche role in cross cultural recruitment by founding and directing a non-profit company, Tentmaking Franchises, Intl. that worked alongside its for-profit counterpart, Pacific Resources, Inc., engaging in technology transfers to newly emerging markets in Central Asia and China. In 1996, Jim made the transition to the financial services sector, where he spent the next 15 years between Operations and Retail Banking. Jim is now coming full circle and realizing his dream of teaching at a University in China positively effecting the lives of Chinese students and helping them reach their full potential for the betterment of Chinese society.
Teaching philosophy • I believe in the truth and teaching from the truth. I teach from a Christ worldview. • In my classroom, the students, you are my number one priority. You are important. You are free to ask questions. You may interrupt me at any time to ask for clarification and understanding., and to ask me to slow down. I tend to talk fast. • My expectations are that you (1) enjoy this class , (2) show consideration and respect to others, (3) be courteous at all times , and (4) keep an open mind . • You are free to leave the classroom without permission if you need to be excused. Please be quiet when you do so and return quietly to your seats. • Class attendance is of great importance to me. It shows respect for me as your teacher, your parents who work hard to provide for your education, your fellow classmates, who many will be friends for life and most of all yourself. Please let me know if you know you will not make it to class, by texting or sending a we chat or email.