As director of the Cornell China Center, Hua works to further craft and execute the university’s China strategy and provide academic and programmatic direction for the center, for it to serve as a bridge between Cornell and China. She also partners with staff in the Office of the Vice Provost for International Affairs and the center’s manager in China to support college- and unit-level activities in China, and to administer research and other grants for China engagement. Hua is an associate professor in the Department of Human Centered Design in the College of Human Ecology. She is a faculty fellow of Cornell’s Atkinson Center for Sustainability and the Cornell Institute for Healthy Futures, a core faculty member of the Cornell East Asia Program of the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, and co-director of Cornell’s International Workplace Studies Program. At Cornell, she is a member of the graduate fields of design and environmental analysis and of real estate. She also is a member of China's Green Building Council.