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Taeyeon Kim Assistant Professor

Ph.D., K-12 Educational Administration, Michigan State University, 2020
M.A., Educational Administration, Seoul National University, 2014
M.Ed., Elementary Education Administration, Daegu National University of Education, 2011
B.A., Elementary Education, Daegu National University of Education, 2008

Dr. Kim joined the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2020 as an assistant professor. Her scholarship explores the intersections of leadership and policy, with particular focus on how leaders can challenge unjust systems and humanize practices to empower marginalized students and communities. Specifically, her research focuses on: (1) reimagining policy and leadership through the voices of equity leaders, (2) critically analyzing policies and systems by centering racialized communities, and (3) promoting cross-cultural dialogue informed by decolonial and transnational perspectives. Her work has been published in the Harvard Educational Review, Educational Administration Quarterly, Journal of Educational Administration, AERA Open, Teaching and Teacher Education, Comparative Education Review, and others. Dr. Kim serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership. Prior to higher education, Dr. Kim spent more than seven years in the K-12 education serving as an elementary school teacher and professional development consultant for teachers and principals in South Korea.

Areas of Expertise

  • Humanizing leadership and policy practice
  • Education policy and accountability
  • Equity and social justice leadership
  • Critical policy analysis
  • Culturally and linguistically diverse communities
  • Decolonial and transnational perspectives
  • Qualitatives research methods

Dr. Kim teaches courses in P-12 educational leadership and qualitative research methods for doctoral students. Dr. Kim advises students in the Ed.D. and Ph.D. programs with a focus on P-12 educational leadership.

You can download her papers from the UNL Digital Commons. († Authorship equally shared)

Taeyeon Kim currently works on several research projects. Her ongoing project sponsored by the Academy of Korean Studies research grant explores life history of Korean migrant civic leaders in the United States. With the Layman grant, she also explores how state, district, and school leaders make meaning of in the context of accountability in Nebraska. As part of developing her scholarship of teaching, Kim analyzes emotional discomfort in leadership learning about equity and social justice, which was supported by the Center for Transformative Teaching at UNL.

Courses Taught

  • EDAD 852: School Culture and Student Behavior
  • EDAD 983: Qualitative Methods for Educational Administration Research
  • EDAD 984N: Narrative Inquiry (Advanced Qualitative Methods Elective)
  • EDAD 930: Comparative International Education

Professional Highlights

Honors and Recognition
2022 Comparative International Education Society (CIES) East Asia SIG Best Paper Award2022 Korean-American Educational Researchers Association (KAERA) Outstanding Research Paper Award2020 – 2021 UNL ORED Research Development Fellow2020, International Journal of Leadership in Education Emerging Scholar Manuscript Competition Award2015-2020, MSU College of Education Erickson Research Fellowship2018-2020, UCEA Graduate Student Council Representative 2019, MSU College of Education Global Curriculum Fellowship2018-2019, MSU Summer Research Renewable Fellowship2018, MSU Asian Studies Center Shao Chang Lee Best Paper Competition Award
2020-Present, Assistant Professor, Educational Administration, University of Nebraska–Lincoln2015-2020, Graduate Research Assistant, Michigan State University College of Education2012-2013, Professional Development Consultant, Korean School Consulting Center, South Korea2008-2015, Elementary School Teacher, Daegu Metropolitan Office of Education, South Korea
American Educational Research Association (AERA)University Council of Educational Administration (UCEA)Comparative International Education Society (CIES)