McAloon serves as the Undergraduate Program Manager for The Ohio State University Chinese Flagship Program. At Flagship, he is coordinating the establishment of a combined degree program of Chinese language study that culminates in double bachelor’s degrees and a master’s degree in advanced Chinese. Other responsibilities include helping to draft state-level foreign language policy initiatives such as the Ohio Language Roadmap and supporting high school level Chinese education in Ohio through the Chinese Flagship K12 office.
Involved in international activities since his youth, McAloon studied French and Spanish, spent a month in Ireland, visited Quebec, learned some Vietnamese, and used his Spanish with Latin American coworkers during a summer job. After graduating with a degree in East Asian Studies from the College of William & Mary in 1998, McAloon interned in a Chinese state-owned shipping agency and then went on to become a manager in a US-based e-commerce firm in Beijing. In that position, McAloon led a team of 60 Chinese staff and gave sales seminars across China to local business people.
In 2001, McAloon returned to the US to pursue degrees in Chinese language pedagogy at The Ohio State University. Before completing his master’s degree in 2003, McAloon taught beginning Chinese at The Ohio State University, ESL through Asian American Community Services of Columbus, Ohio, and survival Chinese language and culture at Pentair Pump Group of Ashland, Ohio.
Since then, McAloon’s intercultural experience has expanded to include more language study and training work. Taking two years of Japanese aided him as a trainer in Ohio State’s rigorous 7-week methodology training program for teachers of East Asian languages in the summer of 2005. Other classes he has taught at Ohio State include intermediate Chinese, survey of East Asian cultures, and pre-modern Chinese culture. Off campus McAloon has taught cross-cultural communication at Ohio Dominican University, is an expatriate relocation trainer for Global LT, and a trainer and area specialist for Prudential Intercultural.
McAloon has taken MBA courses in international business strategy, international human resource management, and managerial negotiation at The Ohio State Fisher College of Business. McAloon returned to China regularly as a resident director for Ohio State’s study abroad programs in Qingdao, China.
The son of a naval officer and a college German major, Patrick McAloon has had the opportunity to experience the world by living in and visiting many countries which gave him a passion for cross-cultural communication.
McAloon is married to Monica Xia, assistant controller at Commercial Vehicle Group of New Albany, Ohio.
- Chinese language pedagogy
- Ph.D. The Ohio State University