Soonhyang Kim will be the NNEST IG coordinator starting in March and has been one of the leaders in our field for the past several years. Born in Korea, she received a BA from Seoul National University of Science and Technology before coming to the United States. She received an MA in TESOL from Murray State University in Kentucky before going to Ohio. She earned a doctorate degree in foreign, second, and multilingual language education from The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio in 2007. Her specialization was TESOL with specific areas of study in second language literacy and research methods in education. Currently, she is a tenure-track assistant professor and program coordinator of TESOL and Bilingual Education at Pace University. Before that, she worked as an assistant professor and the founding director of a new masters’ level PreK-12 ESL teacher certification program at D’Youville College in Buffalo, New York for four and a half years after serving one year as an assistant professor of Korean at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center in Monterey, California. In addition, she worked at Medaille College in Buffalo, New York as a consultant and a special assistant to the academic dean to support the university’s internationalization initiatives.
Her recent research interests are as follows: NNEST teacher preparation and professional development; teaching and assessing professional dispositions (PD); cultural narratives as instructional strategies; TESOL program evaluation and administration; online teacher education; computer-assisted language learning (CALL); and second and bilingual language/literacy development. Her recent publications related to NNEST issues include co-guest journal editorship with Ryuko Kubota about supporting NNES instructors in higher education, a NNES career book chapter about seeking a faculty position, and a Modern Language Journal research publication about the academic and professional identity development of three NNESTs with Keiko Samimy and two NNEST graduate students.
She has been actively involved in professional service at the local, national, and international levels. She served as an executive board member of the New York State TESOL organization and coordinator of its Special Interest Groups (SIGs) from 2008-2010 and founding chair of the Teacher Education Special Interest Group. She was also chair of the International TESOL Higher Education Interest Section in 2006. She is currently serving as chair-elect of the Non-Native, English-Speaking Teacher Interest Section (NNEST IS) of TESOL. email@example.com | December interviewer: Madhukar K. C.