Academic Profile : Faculty

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Asst Prof Zheng Jinming (郑锦明)
Assistant Professor, National Institute of Education - Physical Education & Sports Science
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Dr. Zheng Jinming has led a nomadic life over the last 15 years, having paid either tuition fees or taxes in Mainland China, the UK and Hong Kong. He was pleased to be able to finally move to Singapore to, hopefully, complete his own ‘Far East Movement’. Please do not call him ‘Jimmy’, because he is not a famous Malaysian designer and he does not make shoes for the Royal Family. He is a self-motivated educator who has been consistent in transforming his aspiration to teach and to promote mutual-learning-focused communications with the younger generation into his investment of perspiration and inspiration into PowerPoint slides and delivery.

His personal and academic interest predominantly resides in elite sport, the Olympic Games and geography. While his typical simple present tense is characterised by his uncompromising adherence to his top three hobbies, namely napping, sleeping and hibernating, whenever he overhears the keyword of the Olympics or accidentally encounters national flags that are as enigmatic as the birth mother of Cristiano Ronaldo Jr., he turns off his energy-saving mode instantaneously, if not entirely simultaneously, and his passion would be as spontaneous as Boris Johnson’s counterpart on BBC Parliament.

However, Jinming’s sporting mediocrity is restricted just to spectatorship, because he has been a perennial underperformer in terms of sport participation. He used to play table tennis, but after realising that he could at best rank one billionth in China and that he would never defeat his grandfather, he decided to quit. In retrospect, it was a timely, constructive and landmark decision. With hindsight, he should have never challenged his grandfather, who survived the Second World War, the Civil War, the Korean War, the Great Famine and the Cultural Revolution; otherwise Jinming would have been subjunctive.

He looks forward to more corridor conversations with NIE/NTU peers and students, and with colleagues and comrades beyond the NIE/NTU, but of course, socially distanced, because no one wants to be ‘handed over to relevant authorities, fined or jailed, or both’.

Educational Background
• PhD (Sport Policy, Loughborough University, UK, 2015)
• MSc (With Distinction/First Class, Sport Management, Loughborough University, UK, 2011)
• BA (Japanese, China Foreign Affairs University, China, 2010)

Work Experience
2021.12-Present: Nanyang Technological University (Singapore) - Assistant Professor in Sport Management
2018.9-2021.9: Northumbria University (UK) - Lecturer/Assistant Professor in Sport Management
2019.7-2020.9: Shanghai University of Sport (China) - Junior Guest Professor
2016.2-2018.8: Hong Kong Baptist University (Hong Kong) - Post-Doctoral Research Fellow
Elite Sport, Interorganisational Relationships/Conflict, Olympic Studies, Research Methods for Social Science (Qualitative-Focused), Sport Event Management, Sport Policy and Politics, Strategic Management for Sport
Fellowships & Other Recognition
1. Higher Education Teaching Qualifications and Pedagogy: Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA, UK) and Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert, UK)
2. English: IELTS - 8.5 Overall (CEFR Level: C2), CET (College English Test, China) 6 and TEM (Test for English Majors) Band 8 (Highest in China)
3. Japanese: JLPT (Japanese-Language Proficiency Test) Level 1 (Highest Level Internationally), NSS (Test for Japanese Majors) Band 4 and NSS (Test for Japanese Majors) Band 8 (Highest in China)
Courses Taught
Research Methods (Qualitative Methods); Introduction to Sport Management; Strategic Management for Sport; Sport Event Management; Marketing in Leisure Services; Sport Facility and Operational Management; Olympic Studies