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Hye-Seung (Theresa) Kang

 

Human Resource Development, Ph.D.
Associate Director, East Asian Studies Center, Indiana University, Bloomington

 

Globally envisioning professional with various cross-cultural business, academic, and work experiences.

 

 

 


Education

 

Ph.D., Program of Human Resource Development, Department of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL, U.S., August 2011

Areas of expertise: HRD-International Business, Organization Development, Training and Development, Global Career Development


M.A., Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL, U.S., October 1995

Area of focus: Japanese Studies (culture, comparative literature, and movies)

 


About Me

 

Hye-Seung has been fortunate to have a number of personal cross-cultural experiences, and she truly appreciates the unique aspects of culture in East Asian countries. She taught Korean language and culture at universities in both Korea and the United States for eight years, and she enjoyed introducing students to East Asian culture through traditional activities, visual media, field trips, and social activities. Hye-Seung is also a successful globally envisioned practitioner with various experiences in cross-cultural businesses in the area of Human Resource Development. She performed managerial, administrative, and training duties across Korea and the United States and has considerable experience developing executive development programs. She worked for five years as the director of both general operations and executive programs at the Sangnam Institute of Management at Yonsei University, the premier provider for management education in Korea.

 

Her research background lies in the following categories: The international human resource development of expatriates of multinational corporations, the meaning of work in the context of diverse countries, leadership effectiveness, and professional development. She explored international human resource development practices, in particular, the development of Korean workers in global industry. Currently, She is working on a research project is entitled, “Perceived Managerial and Leadership Effectiveness in a National Defense Section within the Public Sector in South Korea.”

 

At East Asian Studies Center, currently, she is working as the Associate Director at the East Asian Studies Center (EASC) and at the same time as the Director of the National Consortium for Teaching about East Asia at Indiana University, Bloomington. Among my responsibilities are writing grant requests and grant reports and proposals for grant funding from the United States Department of Education and the Freeman Foundation; creating academic programs for professional development for faculty and undergraduate, graduate students and K-12 teachers; organizing academic events in multidisciplinary areas; and promoting community engagement in academic, professional, and cultural activities. She is actively engaged in professional development of K-12 teachers, graduate, and undergraduate students organizing and leading various seminars and workshops and developing their curriculum, for example, East Asia Webinars dealing with current issues of China, Japan, and Korea; the NCTA Summer Literature Workshop for K-12 teachers; and an East Asia Book Workshop inviting authors from around world through webinars to engage in discussion with students.

 


Awards

 

Monica M. Lee Research Excellence Award, Academy of Human Resource Development Conference, for the outstanding Human Resource Development International article in each annual volume, March 2011

 

The M. Ray and Frances Karnes Scholarship Award, College of Education, University of Illinois, for the student showing high potential for leadership, exceptional capacity for problem solving, and a genuine interest in experimentation and exploration, August 2010

 

International Maria Gratton Award, University of Illinois, for an international student who is a women of great spirit, May 2010

 


Publications

 

Kuchinke, K., Ardichvili, A., Borchert, M., Cornachione, E., Cseh, M., Kang, H., Oh, S., Rozanski, A., Tynaliev, U., Zav’jalova, E. (2011). Work Meaning among Mid-level Professional Employees: A Study of the Importance of Work Centrality and Extrinsic and Intrinsic Work Goals in Eight Countries. Asian Pacific Journal of Human Resources, 49(3), 264-284.


Kang, H.-S., & Kuchinke, K. P. (2011). The relationship between a sense of community and family factors and expatriate adjustment. Dissertation. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


Kuchinke, K. P., Cornachione, E. B., Oh, S.-Y., & Kang, H.-S. (2010). All work and no play? The meaning of work and work stress of mid-level managers in the United States, Brazil, and Korea. Human Resource Development International, 13(4), 393-408.


Kuchinke, K.P., Kang, H.-S., & Oh, S.-Y. (2008). The influence of work values on job and career satisfaction, and organization commitment among Korean professional level employees. Asia Pacific Education Review, 9(4), 552-564.

 

Kang, H.-S., Hamlin, G. R. (November, 2014). Perceived Managerial and Leadership Effectiveness in a National Defense Section within the Public Sector in South Korea. 13th International Conference of the Asia Chapter of Academy of Human Resource Development (AHRD) in Seoul, Korea.

 


Presentations

 

Kang, H.-S., Hamlin, G. R. (November, 2014). Perceived Managerial and Leadership Effectiveness in a National Defense Section within the Public Sector in South Korea. 13th International Conference of the Asia Chapter of Academy of Human Resource Development (AHRD) in Seoul, Korea.


Kang, H.-S. (November, 2013). The Implications of the Human Resource Development of the Professional Development of K-12 Teachers through the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia. Academy of Human Resource Development in Asian Chapter Conference in Taipei, Taiwan.


Kang, H.-S., & Kuchinke, K. P. (November, 2012). The relationship between culture, family factors, and expatriate adjustment. Academy of Human Resource Development in MENA and Asian Chapter Conference in Istanbul, Turkey.


Kang, H.-S. (February, 2011). A sense of community and expatriate adjustment. Academy of Human Resource Development Conference in Americas in Chicago, USA.


Kang, H.-S. & Kuchinke, K. P. (November, 2010). The role of non-work factors in expatriate adjustment. Academy of Human Resource Development in Asian Chapter Conference in Shanghai, China.


Kang, H.-S., & Kuchinke, K. P. (December, 2009). A case study of the informal activities associated with the process of cross-cultural adjustment of Korean expatriates at the M electronics company. Academy of Human Resource Development in MENA Chapter Conference in Bahrain.


Kang, H.-S., & Kuchinke, K. P. (November, 2008). Humility in human resource development. Academy of Human Resource Development in Asian Chapter Conference in Bangkok, Thailand.


Kuchinke, K.P., Kang, H.-S., & Oh, S.-Y. (November, 2007). The influence of work values on job and career satisfaction, and organization commitment among Korean professional level employees. Academy of Human Resource Development in Asian Chapter Conference in Beijing, China.

 


Personal Interest

 

As for her personal hobby, Hye-Seung is a music lover who initially organized and voluntarily taught the group of “Guitar Lovers,” a classical guitar ensemble club, at St. Mary Church in Champaign, Illinois and currently she is a member of Bloomington Classical Guitar Society (BCGS). She loves to listen and play cello and saxophone, as well. She is a good cook of Korean and other gourmet foods, and enjoys watching movies and traveling around the world.