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Kyoung-Ah Nam

Assistant Professor
School of International Service

  • Dr. Nam’s research and teaching interests include intercultural communication, maximizing study/work abroad, interaction between international faculty and U.S. students, expatriate intercultural training, and global leadership development. Dr. Nam has extensive experience in intercultural training, consulting, and public relations in North America and in Asia working with international organizations and key transnational companies including the United Nations (New York) and UNESCO (Bangkok). Dr. Nam is the recipient of various research awards and published in key journals such as International Journal of Intercultural Relations.

    Prior to joining AU, Dr. Nam taught courses such as Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Leadership, Intercultural Communication, Critical Issues in International Educational Exchange, Maximizing Study Abroad, and Korean Language and Culture at the University of Minnesota. Originally from South Korea, Dr. Nam loves travel and has worked and/or traveled in more than 35 countries over the last 15 years.
  • Degrees

    Ph.D., Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (Focus: Intercultural Communication and International Education), University of Minnesota; M.A., Communication and Journalism, University of Oregon
  • Favorite Spot on Campus:

    Dol-harubang

    Book Currently Reading:

    What is Global Leadership? by Ernest Gundling, Terry Hogan, and Karen Cvitkovich

    Languages Spoken:

    Korean
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Research Interests

Intercultural communication, intercultural education and training, maximizing study/work abroad, effects of short-term study abroad programs, expatriate intercultural training, global leadership development, cross-cultural negotiation, the role of culture in language learning, and intercultural interaction between international faculty and U.S. students.

Selected Publications

  • Nam, K. A. & Condon, J. (2010). "The D.I.E. is cast: The Continuing Evolution of Intercultural Communication’s Favorite Classroom Exercise." International Journal of Intercultural Relations, 34 (1), 81-87.   
  • Nam, K. A. & Fry, G. (2010). "The development of Global Literacy and Intercultural Competence as a Response to the Complex Challenges of the 21st Century: A Meta-synthesis." The Asian Journal of Educational Research and Synergy, 2 (2), 9-32.   
  • Fry, G., Paige, R. M., Jon, J., Dillow, J., & Nam, K. A (2009, November). "The Transformative Power of Study Abroad." Portland, Maine: Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE).      

Professional Certifications

  • Certificate in Human Resource Development, University of Minnesota, MN  
  • Tucker Assessment Profile (TAP) Assessor Certification, Boulder, CO   
  • Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) Certification, Minneapolis, MN (Qualified to administer and interpret the IDI, which measures individuals’ intercultural sensitivity)   
  • Continuing Education Specialist Certificate, Korean Ministry of Education, South Korea        

Honors, Awards, and Fellowships

  • SIETAR Global Scholarship (Society for Intercultural Education Training & Research)
  • Robert and Corrie Beck Graduate Fellowship (University of Minnesota)   
  • Larry Wilson Scholarship (University of Minnesota)
  • Multicultural and Diversity Grant (University of Minnesota)             
  • The Women’s Philanthropic Leadership Circle Award (University of Minnesota)                 
  • Corcoran Research Travel Award (University of Minnesota)                         
  • Robin Bragge Scholarship (Society for Intercultural Education Training & Research)   
  • SIETAR-USA Full scholarship (Society for Intercultural Education Training & Research)  
  • Cole Scholarship (School of Journalism and Communication, University of Oregon)              

Professional Presentations

  • “Innovative Short-Term Study Abroad,” an invited guest lecture presented at the Summer Institute for Intercultural Communication (SIIC), Intercultural Communication Institute (ICI), Portland, Oregon: August 2011.   
  • “Toward Becoming a Global Citizen in a Multicultural Era: Alternative Theories of Intercultural Communication and Their Application in a New Multicultural Korea,” an invited guest lecture presented at the Institute of Language and Information Studies, Yonsei University, Korea: May, 2010.   
  • “Reflections: Major Multicultural Policy Issues and Challenges,” an invited guest lecture co-presented at the Multicultural Human Ecology Center, Seoul National University, Korea: August, 2009.   
  • “When Two Instruments Meet: Implications for Leveraging Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) Results to Build Specific Competencies,” a juried paper co-presented at 2nd IDI Conference. Minneapolis, Minnesota: October, 2010.   
  • “Innovative Short-Term Study Abroad: Transformative Learning for Global Engagement,” a juried paper co-presented at 34th Annual Pacific Circle Consortium (PCC) Conference. Southern Oregon University School of Education, Ashland, Oregon: May, 2010.  
  • “Working Within and Between Contexts of Intercultural Practice: Bridging Corporate, Academic, and Consulting Worlds,” A juried paper co-presented at the Annual Conference of the Society for Intercultural Education Training and Research USA (SIETAR), Spokane, Washington: April, 2010.   
  • “Intercultural Development and Learning in the Short-Term Study-Abroad Context: A Comparative Analysis of Global Seminars in Asia (Thailand and Laos) and Europe (Netherlands),” a juried paper co-presented at annual conference of the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE). Istanbul, Turkey: November, 2009.   
  • “The Subtle Challenges of Understanding Similar Cultures in Asia: Case Studies of Laos-Thailand and Korea-Japan,” a juried paper co-presented at the International Convention on Asian Studies 6 (ICAS 6), sponsored by the International Institute of Asian Studies, Leiden University (Netherlands) and Chungnam National University (Korea), Daejeon Convention Center, Korea: August 8, 2009.   
  • “The D.I.E. is Cast: The continuing evolution of intercultural communication’s favorite classroom exercise,” a juried paper presented at the Global Congress of the Society for Intercultural Education Training and Research (SIETAR), Palacio de Congresos de Granada, Spain: October, 2008.   
  • “Knowledge Production of Returned Peace Corp Volunteers,” a juried paper co-presented at the annual conference of the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES), Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY: March, 2008.

Work In Progress

  • "East Meets West: Identifying the Gap in Cross-Cultural Training Research"   
  • Cross-Cultural Communication Interaction between U.S-American Students and Asian Instructors"   
  • "Assessing the Effects of Short-Term Study Abroad Programs: A Comparison of Two Case Studies of Global Seminars in Asia and in Europe"   
  • "Individual Internationality in an Increasingly Interconnected World"   
  • "Knowledge Production of Returned Peace Corp Volunteers"

AU Expert

Area of Expertise: Intercultural communication, intercultural education and training, the optimal study abroad experience, expatriate intercultural training, cross-cultural perspectives on leadership, and intercultural interaction between international faculty/teaching assistants and U.S. students

Additional Information: Kyoung-Ah Nam has more than 14 years of professional experience in intercultural communication, cross-cultural consulting, global leadership development, international/intercultural education, and public relations in North America and in Asia. Her areas of focus include expatriate intercultural training, cross-cultural perspectives on leadership, how to maximize short-term study abroad, cross-cultural management, the role of culture in language learning, and intercultural interaction between U.S. students and international faculty/teaching assistants.

She has extensive experience working as an external consultant or employee in Asia and North America with key international organizations and transnational corporations, including the United Nations (New York), UNESCO Office for Asia and the Pacific (Bangkok), Samsung (Seoul), Ogilvy & Mather (Los Angeles), and MindShare (Los Angeles). She has done intercultural consulting and executive coaching for diverse organizations around world. A partial list of clients she has served includes AAI Corporation, Boston Scientific, Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles, CH2M HILL, eBay, Fox Family Channel, FoxKids, GAP, ING, International Olympic Committee (IOC), Korea International Trade Association (KITA), KPMG, LG Electronics, Mattel, Maxicare, Microsoft India, Netlock, Siemens, Samsung Electronics, Symantec, webBASIS, and 3M.

Her extensive research is applied in nature and focuses on how to assess intercultural competence, the nature of effective intercultural communication, and the impact of intercultural experiences on individuals and the larger society.

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