HaeJung Maria Kim
Three faculty members in UNT's College of Merchandising, Hospitality and Tourism have been named distinguished scholars by the Korean Society of Clothing and Textiles.
JiYoung Kim, Kiseol Yang and HaeJung Maria Kim, all faculty in merchandising and digital retailing, are among 20 scholars of Korean origin from universities in China, Japan and the U.S. being acknowledged for their contributions to the Korean and global clothing and textiles industries as well as educational societies. This is the first time the Korean Society of Clothing and Textiles has extended this honor to international scholars. UNT had more faculty members selected as distinguished scholars than any other university.
The distinguished scholars were honored at the society's spring conference at Seoul National University in April and each presented a paper about their research. They also mentored young Korean faculty and students during the conference.
With more than 3,000 members, the Korean Society of Clothing and Textiles has been the main scholarly society in the clothing and textiles discipline for 35 years. The society publishes a journal showcasing research and supports its members' individual and collaborative research.
Judith Forney, dean of the College of Merchandising, Hospitality and Tourism, says recognition of three UNT faculty members as distinguished scholars "is indeed a significant honor for them and reflects upon the important contributions they are making to the College of Merchandising, Hospitality and Tourism."
She notes that Kim, Yang and Kim are members of UNT's Consumer Experiences in Digital Environments research cluster, a group of interdisciplinary faculty members who are developing social and economic strategies for global digital networks that impact consumer decision making, consumption and experiences.
Their work, Forney says, "is positioning UNT as a leader in understanding networked societies. The application of their research to student learning and to the merchandising, hospitality and tourism industries has far-reaching impact."
About HaeJung Maria Kim
HaeJung Maria Kim joined the college's faculty in 2004. Her research focuses on digital influences on the global retailing and merchandising industry, sustainable consumption and stewardship, motivation and behavior of bloggers, and Generation X retail employees. She was previously chosen by the Korean Society of Clothing and Textiles to give the plenary lecture at the society's 2010 spring conference. Since 2006, she also has won best paper awards from the European Institute of Retailing and Service Studies, the International Textiles and Apparel Association, and Korean Scholars of Marketing Science. Kim received her bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees from Ewha Women's University in Seoul, South Korea.
About JiYoung Kim
JiYoung Kim studies consumer behavior in online retailing, particularly consumers' loyalty and satisfaction toward websites and purchase intentions; consumer support toward retailers in rural communities; and multichannel retailing. A UNT faculty member since 2008, she is a graduate of Yonsei University in Seoul; South Korea, Oklahoma State University; and Ohio State University.
About Kiseol Yang
Kiseol Yang has been a UNT faculty member since 2007. Her research interests include shopping applications for smartphones and other mobile shopping services, and their adoption by shoppers. She also studies consumer behavior in technology-mediated environments. She received Best Paper Awards at the 2011 Korean Academy of Marketing Science Spring International Conference and at the 2010 conference of the International Textiles and Apparel Association. Yang received her bachelor's degree from Wonkwang University in Iksan, South Korea, and master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.
Nancy Kolsti with UNT News Service can be reached at Nancy.Kolsti@unt.edu.