Dr. Ban Phung is an Associate Professor at Brigham Young University-Hawaii (BYU-H). He taught business communications in the business department for 7 years and transferred to the Department of English to develop a professional writing minor. His research focus is in professional writing, intercultural communications, and the scholarship of teaching and learning. Dr. Phung earned his Ph.D. in English (emphasis in the field of contrastive rhetoric) at Arizona State University. Prior to his tenure at BYU-H, Dr. Phung taught a myriad of classes including composition, literature, linguistics, professional writing, and ESL at Mesa Community College for nine years. Born in former Saigon, Vietnam (currently Ho Chi Minh City) and coming to the United States as a child of the boat people in the 1970s, Dr. Phung draws strength from his diverse background. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family, usually surfing, fishing, or anything involving the ocean.