Shawn Hsu Wong has served as the Professor of English, Director of the University Honors Program (2003–06), Chair of the Department of English (1997–2002), and Director of the Creative Writing Program (1995–97) at the University of Washington, where he has been on the faculty since 1984. Shawn Wong specializes in Creative Writing and Asian American studies. He is on the faculty of the Red Badge Project,which teaches storytelling to veterans suffering from PTSD, depression, or anxiety disorders.