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Hye Jung Choi

Cohort: 2011

Curriculum Vitae

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Advisor(s):

  • Rosalie Rolon-Dow

Specialization(s):

Sociocultural and Community-based Approaches

Research Interest(s)

Diversity issues in education, educational equity (for Asian Americans), multicultural education

Hye Jung Choi

Hye Jung Choi majored in Spanish and Spanish Literature and gained a Spanish teaching certificate from Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in the Republic of Korea. Later, she began pursuing her Master’s degree in International Education (focusing on multicultural education) at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. After her graduation, she continued her education by pursuing a doctoral degree at the University of Delaware. Choi’s research interests include multicultural education and diversity issues in education such as race relations, racism, and educational equity.

Dissertation

Constructing Possible Selves: Korean American Students in Community Colleges

Asian Americans are often considered the most (educationally and economically) successful minority in the U.S., yet they still face the challenges associated with this societal image. Though Asian Americans are typically portrayed as highly successful in higher education, many Asian Americans do not experience this success and attend less selective universities. In this dissertation, Choi tries to explore how Korean American students in community colleges construct “possible selves” (refer to “representations of the self in the past and they include representations of the self in the future” Markus and Nurius, 1986, p. 954) in relation to their experiences and roles as community college students as well as in relation to their ethnic self-identity. This study will shed light on the complex and nuanced experiences of Korean Americans in higher education, particularly community colleges.

 Education 

  • Ph.D. Candidate, Sociocultural Community-based Approaches, School of Education, University of Delaware (May 2018, Expected Graduation)
  • M.A. in International Education, George Washington University, Washington, D.C.
  • B.A. in Spanish and Spanish Literature (with Spanish teaching certificate), Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Republic of Korea

 Professional Experience

  • Teaching Assistant, School of Education, University of Delaware (2014-present)
  • Research Assistant, School of Education, University of Delaware (2011-2014)
  • Intern, American Youth Policy Forum, Washington D.C. (2010)
  • Curriculum Developer, Global Classroom D.C. at United Nations Association of the National Capital Area, Washington D.C. (2010)
  • Facilitator, Language Access Coalition, Washington D.C. (2009)

 Honors and Award

  • Winter Doctoral Fellowship, University of Delaware (2017)
  • Dissertation Support Funding, School of Education, University of Delaware (2016)
  • Professional Development Award, University of Delaware (2015, 2014)
  • The Korean Honor Scholarship, Embassy of the Republic of Korea (2009)
  • Graduate School of Education and Human Development Tuition Fellowship, George Washington University, Washington, D.C. (2008)

 Publications

  • Marjanovic-Shane, A., Meacham, S., Choi, H. J., Lopez, S., & Matusov, E (2017, in press). “Idea-Dying in Critical Ontological Democratic Dialogue in Classrooms.” Culture and Social Interaction Journal.
  • Matusov, E., Ellif, D., Fan, Y., Choi, H. J., & Hampel, R. (2017) “Magic Learning Pill: Ontological and instrumental learning in order to speed up education.” Integrative Psychological and Behavioral Science, 51(3), 456–476.

Presentations

  • Marjanovic-Shane, A., Meacham, S., Choi, H. J., Lopez, S., & Matusov, E. (2017, February). Idea-Dying in Critical Ontological Democratic Dialogue in Classrooms. Paper presented at the 38th annual meeting of Ethnography in Education Research Forum, The University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
  • Choi, H. J. & H. Lee (2017, January). Examining Multicultural Contexts in Social Studies Textbooks of South Korea. Paper presented at the 1st annual meeting of the Conference on Academic Research in Education, Las Vegas, NV.
  • Choi, H. J. (2016, November). Exploring Multiple Frameworks to Understand Asian Americans’ Experiences in Education. Paper presented at the 26th annual meeting of the National Association for Multicultural Education, Cleveland. OH.
  • Choi, H. J. (2016, February). “Case study: Examining South Korean teachers’ Perceptions on Multiculturalism and Multicultural Curriculum.” Paper presented at the meeting of the Ethnographic and Qualitative Research Conference, Las Vegas. NV.
  • Choi, H. J. (2015, November). “The Evolution of Multiculturalism in a Global Context.” Paper presented at the meeting of the National Association for Multicultural Education, Tucson. AZ.