About us

our story

The KASWEA was initially formed as a network group of Korean American social work educators who attended at the CSWE Annual Program Meetings around 1980.

Then the most senior Korean professor and acting dean of West Virginia University School of Social Work, Dr. Sung Lai Boo was asked to serve as the first presidency for the group. There were only less than ten Korean social work full-time faculty members in the United Sates including Dr. Sung Lai Boo of University of West Virginia, Dr. Dong Soo Kim and Dr. Sookja Baik of Norfolk University, VA, Dr. Phil Jay Cho of North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC, Dr. Daniel B. Lee of Loyola University Chicago, Dr. Paul K. H. Kim of University of Kentucky, Dr. Edward Suh of University of South Florida, and few others who were not identified.

The second presidency was taken up by Dr. Dong Soo Kim around 1990 for his two-year term. When Dr. Daniel B. Lee took the third presidency (1992-1996), the KASWEA became more established with the adoption of its by-laws, the publication of newsletters, and other scholarly exchange activities, the Association was more formally recognized by the CSWE as a standing Asian Caucus Group. The membership grew from less than ten to more than twenty. During his terms, the Association made intentional efforts aiming at: (1) the promotion of scholarly exchange between Korea and the U. S.; (2) the provision of mentorship for the ethnic Korean social work students in advanced degree programs; and (3) the collaboration with social work practitioners in addressing the needs of Korean immigrant communities.

The annual business meetings of the Association have been held at the CSWE APM. The succeeding presidents include: Dr. Phil Jay Cho, the 4th president (1997-1998), Dr. Daniel Lee, the 5th president (1999-2001), Dr. Young Song of California State University at Hayward, the 6th president (2001-2002), Dr. Ailee Moon of UCLA, the 7th president (2002-2005); Dr. Dong Pil Yoon of University of Missouri at Columbia, the 8th president (2005-2007), Dr. Kui-Hee Song of California State University at Chico, the 9th president (2007-2009), Dr. Sung Seek Moon of University of Texas at Arlington, the 10th president (2009-2011), and Dr. Kyoung Hag Lee of Wichita State University, the 11th and 12th president (2011-2015), Dr. Mingun Lee of Ohio University, the 13th president (2015-2017), Dr. Soonhee Roh of University of South Dakota, the 14th president (2017-2019), Dr. Intae Yoon of North Carolina State University, the 15th president (2019-2021), and Dr. Philip Young P. Hong, the current 16th president (2021-Present).

There are now more than 80 Korean Social Work Educators and approximately 200 doctoral students of Korean ancestry in major Social Work Advanced Programs in the United State.

Current Leadership

Board of Directors

  • Dr. Philip Young P. Hong, President (Elected, Term 2021 - 2023), Professor at Loyola University Chicago

  • Dr. Suk-hee Kim, Vice President, Associate Professor at Northern Kentucky University

  • Dr. Yi Jin Kim, Vice President, Associate Professor at University of Mississippi

  • Dr. Sukyung Yoon, Secretary, Assistant Professor at University of Wyoming

  • Dr. Youseung Kim, Treasurer, Associate Professor at Clark Atlanta University

  • Dr. Sung Seek Moon, Professor at Baylor University

  • Joonmo Kang, Ph.D. Candidate at Washington University in St. Louis

Awards Committee

  • Dr. Jungup Lee, Chair, Assistant Professor at National University of Singapore

  • Dr. Soonok An, Assistant Professor at North Carolina A&T State University

  • Dr. Ga-Young Choi, Professor at California State University, Los Angeles

  • Dr. Seunghye Hong, Associate Professor at University of Hawaii, Mānoa

Advisory Committee

  • Dr. Soonhee Roh, Chair, Professor at University of South Dakota

  • Dr. Kyoung Hag Lee, Professor at Wichita State University

  • Dr. Mingun Lee, Associate Professor at Ohio University

  • Dr. Intae Yoon, Associate Professor at North Carolina State University

Fundraising Committee

  • Dr. Youn Kyoung Kim, Chair, Assistant Professor at Louisiana State University

  • Dr. Jaegoo Lee, Associate Professor at Jackson State University

  • Dr. Heehyul Moon, Associate Professor at University of Louisville

Nonprofit Audit/Compliance Committee

  • Dr. Sung Ju Kim, Co-Chair, Assistant Professor at North Carolina State University

  • Dr. Sung Seek Moon, Professor at Baylor University

  • Dr. Intae Yoon, Associate Professor at North Carolina State University

CSWE Partnership Session Committee

  • Dr. Mingun Lee, Chair, Associate Professor at Ohio University

  • Dr. Kyunghee Lee, Associate Professor at Michigan State University

  • Dr. Youseung Kim, Associate Professor at Clark Atlanta University

Professional Development Committee

  • Dr. Yeon-Shim Lee, Chair, Professor at San Francisco Sate University

  • Dr. Youseung Kim, Associate Professor at Clark Atlanta University

  • Dr. Jung Sim Jun, Associate Professor at Kansas State University

  • Dr. Intae Yoon, Assistant Professor at North Carolina State University

SSWR Outreach Committee

  • Dr. Hyunkag Cho, Co-Chair, Associate Professor at Michigan State University

  • Dr. Yoon Jun Choi, Co-Chair, Associate Professor at University of Georgia

  • Dr. Woojong Kim, Assistant Professor at University of Michigan-Flint

  • Jeoung Min Lee, Assistant Professor at Wichita State University

  • Jeongsuk Kim, Post-Doctoral Fellow at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Publication Committee

  • Dr. Suk-hee Kim, Chair, Associate Professor at Northern Kentucky University

  • Dr. Ji Seon Lee, Professor at Fordham University

  • Dr. Kwi-Ryung Yun, Professor at Nyack College

Public Relations Committee

  • Dr. Seongho An, Chair, Assistant Professor at University of Central Florida

  • Dr. Yi Jin Kim, Assistant Professor at University of Mississippi

  • Dr. Philip Young P. Hong , Professor at Loyola University Chicago

Dr. Paul KH Kim Scholarship Committee

  • Dr. Insoo Chung, Chair, Assistant Professor at Norfolk State University

Doctoral Student Outreach Committee

  • Joonmo Kang, Ph.D. Candidate at Washington University in St. Louis

bylaws

KASWEA follows the bylaws as approved in 2019.

Bylaws Oct. 25 2019