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Junghwan Kim

Department: Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
Program Area: Adult and Higher Education
Phone: 405-325-2930


Junghwan Kim is an assistant professor and the leader of the Adult and Continuing Education (ACE) doctoral program of Adult and Higher Education at the University of Oklahoma. Dr. Kim earned his Ph.D. in Adult Education with a minor in Workforce Education and Development at Penn State. He received his master’s degree in Education, focusing on Human Resource Development (HRD), Lifelong Learning, and Education of Work, and two bachelor's degrees in Education and Political Science (minoring in Sociology) from Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea.

Dr. Kim has expertise across three fields: (a) adult education, (b) HRD, and (c) continuing higher education. Based on sociocultural perspectives, his research focuses on learning, leadership, development/change, and engagement in young to older adults in settings including nonprofit and for-profit organizations, higher education institutions, communities, and everyday life. He also researches (inter-)national policies and practices of lifelong learning funded by the National Institute for Lifelong Education, the Ministry of Education of Korea, the U.S. Department of State, and the Indiana University Center for Postsecondary Research. Along with 45 refereed conference papers, he has authored over 35 publications. His work has appeared in flagship journals in adult education and HRD, such as Adult Education Quarterly, Community Development Journal, and HRD Review.

Dr. Kim is the president of the Korean American Academy of Lifelong Education, the director of International Collaborations of the ACE of Korea, a board member of the Korean Association of HRD, and a member-at-large of Korea SIG in the Academy of HRD. He served as a co-chair of the Steering Committee of the Adult Education Research Conference and a chair of the Faculty Development SIG of the Commission of Professors of Adult Education in the American Association of ACE. Moreover, Dr. Kim is the book review editor of the Journal of Transformative Education and an editorial board member of a top-tier journal in Korea, Journal of Lifelong Education. He has also served as an active reviewer for the renowned journals mentioned above for his publications, and others such as the American Educational Research Journal, Asia Europe Journal, and The Journal of Higher Education.

Research Interests:

  •      Adult/ Informal/ Workplace learning theories
  •      Career/ Workforce education and development
  •      Civic/ Community/ Work engagement
  •      Critical human resource development
  •      Equity and inclusion in lifelong education
  •      Postsecondary access and success for adult learners
  •      Sociocultural approaches to leadership and learning
  •      Work, leadership, and learning for organizational/ social change