June 24, 2016

Sewon Kim Receives SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities

Keewon Kim Receives SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities
SUNY Empire President Merodie Hancock with SUNY Chancellor's Award Recipient Sewon Kim

(ALBANY, N.Y. – June 24, 2016) Sewon Kim, an assistant professor of management at SUNY Empire State College’s Queensbury location, has received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship. He received the award at the SUNY Empire State College commencement in Albany on June 11.

Kim’s research focuses on the theory, practice and efficacy of coaching in the context of human resource and organizational development. His scholarly work has important implications for managerial development and performance in organizations. His work examines the effects that coaching and the coaching environment have on managerial effectiveness, using empirical data and sophisticated modelling and analytic techniques. He has published more than a dozen articles in refereed journals and has several more in the publication pipeline. Kim has more than 20 peer-reviewed conference proceedings and presentations of his work.

“SUNY employs an exemplary body of faculty and staff across the state and the annual presentation of these awards underscores our deep appreciation for those who serve SUNY campuses, students and communities with the highest levels of distinction,” said Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. “Congratulations to all of this year’s honorees.”

Recognizing the SUNY Chancellor’s Award winners during the ceremony, President Merodie A. Hancock said, “By Chancellor’s Awards winners, that means they won awards competing with all of their SUNY colleagues, not just within Empire State College. I commend Dr. Kim for his service to the college and to its students.”

“I am extremely honored and grateful to receive the prestigious SUNY Chancellor’s Award for research excellence,” Kim said. “I’d like to share this honor with my mentors and colleagues, and thank them for setting a high standard in research and encouraging me in my professorate journey. This recognition inspires me to continue to pursue my research interests and to strive for excellence.”

About Sewon Kim

Sewon Kim is an assistant professor of management with the college. He also serves as coordinator of the college’s Queensbury, N.Y. location. He received his Ph.D. from Texas A&M University. He is a former recipient of dissertation awards from the Association for Talent Development, Academy of Human Resource Development and Emerald/European Foundation for Management Development (highly commended). His work experience includes being an organizational development practitioner and human resource manager/trainer in the strategic-planning department of Hyundai, the Army of the Republic of Korea and nonprofit organizations, among others. Kim’s scholarly work has appeared in leading journals in human resources/organizational behavior and related fields. Previously, Kim served as an examiner of the best dissertation for the Academy of Management (Human Resources and Organizational Behavior Divisions) and is the current chair for the AHRD Malcolm S. Knowles Dissertation Award. His research and teaching interests are coaching, research methods, strategic talent management, organizational behavior and development and global management and leadership.

About the Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence

The awards are presented annually in seven categories: Faculty Service, Librarianship, Professional Service, Scholarship and Creative Activities, Teaching, Classified Service and Adjunct Teaching. The Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence are system-level honors conferred to acknowledge and provide systemwide recognition for consistently superior professional achievement and to encourage the ongoing pursuit of excellence. Individuals selected for this honor are role models within the SUNY community. In acknowledgment of their selection, recipients are given recognition for the particular award received in the college catalog. A certificate and a Chancellor’s Award for Excellence Medallion also are bestowed to commemorate selection.

About Empire State College

Empire State College, the nontraditional, open college of the SUNY system, educates more than 20,000 students worldwide at eight international sites, more than 35 locations across the state of New York, online, as well as face to face and through a blend of both, at the associate, bachelor’s and master’s levels.

The average age of an undergraduate student at the college is 35, and graduate students’ average age is 40.

Most Empire State College students are working adults. Many are raising families and meeting civic commitments in the communities where they live, while studying part time.

In addition to awarding credit for prior college-level learning, the college pairs each undergraduate student with a faculty mentor who supports that student throughout his or her college career.

Working with their mentors, students design an individual degree program and engage in guided independent study and course work onsite, online or through a combination of both, which provides the flexibility for students to choose where, when and how to learn.

Students have the opportunity to enroll five times during the year.

The college’s more than 75,000 alumni are active in their communities as entrepreneurs, politicians, business professionals, artists, nonprofit agency employees, teachers, veterans and active military, union members and more.

The college was first established in 1971 by the SUNY Board of Trustees with the encouragement of the late Ernest L. Boyer, chancellor of the SUNY system from 1970 to 1977.

Boyer also served as United States commissioner of education during the administration of President Jimmy Carter and then as president of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

More information about the college is available at www.esc.edu.


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