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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 research examines the intersections of policy and leadership practices that promote equitable and humanizing practices in K-12 education. Specifically, her research focuses on how educational leaders negotiate policy mandates, organizational capacity, and sociopolitical contexts in a way to best serve the needs of students and communities while navigating tensions and dilemmas coming from accountability pressures. Her research draws on policy enactment, sociocultural learning theories, and transnational/comparative perspectives. In her research, she tries to re-visit and re-imagine concepts around policy and leadership by centering the voices of school leaders who advocate for equity and social justice. Her work has been published in Educational Administration Quarterly, AERA Open, Comparative Education Review, Journal of Education Policy, 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. She earned her Ph.D. in K-12 Educational Administration from Michigan State University.

Areas of Expertise

  • Policy Enactment
  • Leadership Development and Equity
  • Educational Accountability
  • Comparative Perspectives in Education
  • Qualitative 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.

Taeyeon Kim currently works on several research projects. With the Layman grant, her recent research explores school leaders’ understanding of equity in the NE accountability framework. She also examines emotional aspects of leadership learning in the context of preparing equity leaders, which is sponsored by the Center for Transformative Teaching at UNL. Her other projects explore community-engaged leadership as well as policy learning and enactment during COVID-19.

  • EDAD 852: School Culture and Student Behavior
  • EDAD 983: Qualitative Methods for Educational Administration Research
  • EDAD 995: Narrative Inquiry (Advanced Qualitative Methods Elective)
  • EDAD 999: Doctoral Dissertation

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)