Sook Hyun Kim
- Boston University, PhD, Interdisciplinary PhD program in Sociology and Social Work, 2011
- Boston University, MSW, Macro practice, 1994
- Ewha Women's University, BA, Social work, 1990
My scholarly contributions are mainly focused on: (1) International social work (immigrant and refugee populations), (2) Child welfare, and (3) Human rights and social work. Over the past five years, I have disseminated my knowledge and passion on these three areas of my research via publications. I have also presented at international, national, and local conferences and workshops. My post-MSW practice experience, in addition to training during my doctoral studies, has increased my awareness of issues regarding immigrant and refugee populations and shaped my strengths-based perspective in approaching such issues.
As a social work educator, I believe that the most effective learning happens when students take an active role in their own learning. Boyer (1996) emphasizes developing active learning techniques as an important element of the scholarship of teaching. In order to promote active learning, I integrate a cooperative learning approach and strive to create a positive, safe, and encouraging learning environment. I also believe that instructor characteristics – including passion and sincerity – can help to facilitate effective learning.
Collins, Mary and Kim, Sook Hyun Governors as policy entrepreneurs: Setting the agenda for children. Child Welfare.
Duffy, Joe, Collins, Mary and Kim, Sook Hyun (2018) Linking family engagement with a rights perspective: macro factors influencing practice. vol. 21. no. 1. pp. 45-60. European Journal of Social Work.
Collins, Mary, Kim, Sook Hyun, Garlington, Sarah and Tuyen, Bùi Thị Thanh (2017) Doing research: Supervising doctoral students. Practicing as a social work educator in international collaboration. pp. 284-309. Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) Press.
SOWK 306 Social Welfare History and Contemporary Issues (Fall 2020)SOWK 607 Social Welfare Policy Practice: Analyst and Advocate (Fall 2020)
- Awards/HonorsDissertation Award: The 24th National Symposium on Doctoral Research in Social WorkPresented by Ohio State University
- Professional MembershipsNational Association of Social WorkersAs the organization for professional social workers, it works to enhance the professional growth and development of its members, to create and maintain professional standards, and to advance sound social policies.
Council for Social Work EducationThe CSWE is the national association representing social work education in the United States to support quality social work education and provide opportunities for professional development.
International Association of Schools of Social WorkThe IASSW was established to promote the development of social work education throughout the world, provides forums for sharing social work research and scholarship, and promotes human rights and social development.
- Grants and Sponsored ResearchSU Foundation Grant for Professional Development, SU Foundation, Inc
Dr. Dan S. & Bethany E. Berry Endowed Fund, Roberts Wesleyan College
The Sittig Fund, Roberts Wesleyan College
- PresentationsUnaccompanied children at the US border and current US policies on immigrants and refugeesMarch, 8 2019International Women's Day Conference, SUThe number of alien children that arrive in the United States without their families has increased in recent years. These children have taken a dangerous journey to the United States in order to escape gang violence, exploitation, poverty, and human trafficking in their home countries. In FY 2018, approximately 50,000 children under the age of eighteen were apprehended at the U.S. border (Department of Homeland Security, 2018). In particular, the number of unaccompanied girls crossing into the U.S. has rapidly increased compared to the number of boys. These girls are at a heightened risk of sexual violence. According to the Fusion Media Group (2014), 80 percent of women and girls crossing into the U.S. are raped during their journey. This presentation explores the current influx of unaccompanied children, particularly unaccompanied girls, and US policies on immigrants and refugees.
The experience of unaccompanied refugee minors in U.S. foster care systemNovember, 9 2018Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) Annual Program Meeting, Orlando, FloridaUpon arrival in the United States, the refugee minors are placed into the Unaccompanied Refugee Minors program and receive refugee foster care services and benefits (Office of Refugee Resettlement [ORR], 2015). The goal of the study is to explore the experiences of unaccompanied refugee minors (URMs) who are in the American foster care program and to help social work students and practitioners understand the unique life experience of URMs. To gain a deeper understanding of URMs in the American foster care system, an exploratory, qualitative study was conducted. The analysis of the participants’ responses highlighted three themes: (1) silence and suppression regarding their past experience and feeling; (2) religious beliefs in providing meaning and hope for the future; and (3) education as the key to achieving successful resettlement and independence for a better future.
Human rights and social work: A critical exploration of the human rights discourse occurring in social work education in the United StatesJuly, 5 2018Joint World Social Work, Education and Social Development Conference (SWSD), Dublin, IrelandIn 1988, the International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW) issued the following policy statement: “Social work has, from its conception, been a human rights profession, having as its basic tenet the intrinsic value of every human being...” (IFSW, 1988, p. 2). With the IFSW policy statement, social work involvement in human rights has grown, but recognition of social work contributions in this area remains limited, and the profession’s presence in this arena has not always been clear. In the midst of increasing global tension and violence, the importance of having social work students equipped with human rights knowledge and skills is critical. The limited attention given to human rights in social work education provides a unique opportunity for a critical examination of the human rights discourse occurring in social work education in the United States. By reviewing social work literature, this presentation will provide a comprehensive analysis of the various approaches used to integrate human rights into the social work curriculum. In addition, it will also discuss the unique challenges that remain for educators wishing to integrate human rights in social work programs.
- External Collaboration Highlights
Recently, two scholarly works were published. After working in collaboration with two co-authors of Boston University (MA, USA) and Queen's University (Belfast, Northern Island), the manuscript was published in the European Journal of Social Work. This article offered a comparative analysis focused on family-oriented and rights-based child welfare frameworks of different countries. Also, I participated in writing a chapter in the book entitled “Practicing as a social work educator in international collaboration” with co-authors from multiple external academic institutions. This book was published by the CSWE Press in 2017.
Another opportunity to develop the Scholarship of Integration was my contribution to the non-academic publication that addressed discipline-related concerns. The Korean Ministry of Health and Welfare invited me to join their annual report on the comparative study of social welfare programs in the United States, Germany, and Japan. Through funding by the Korea Ministry of Health and Welfare, I produced a report on Social Impact Bond (SIB)/Pay-For-Success (PFS) programs in New York State. As an innovative type of finance mechanism to fund social programs, SIB/PFS tackles the most challenging social problems (i.e., reducing recidivism of former youth prisoners) through public and private partner collaboration for public programs. My report examined New York’s two major SIBs – the nation’s firsts – to discuss potential benefits and risks of SIBs and the role of the federal government in making this new funding mechanism effective.
One of the research studies on which I am currently working is regarding border issues in the United States, South Korea, and Northern Island. As another international collaboration including colleagues of the Boston University (MA, U.S.) and Queen's University (Belfast, Northern Island), this study examines the border issues in US/Mexico, South Korea/North Korea, and Northern Ireland/Ireland. With the human rights framework, we take the macro perspective about social work engagement at national/international levels.