Evaluation of Scholarship

Since I earned my Ph.D. in December 2004, I have been actively involved in research, and I believe that my scholarship has been extremely successful. The self-evaluation of my scholarship references some of the top journal editors and well-known scholars in the field Educational Psychology.

The editor of the JCB wrote (Letter), “Dr. Kim is a first rate researcher who has already made important contributions to the literature in her field, giftedness and creativity, beyond the norm for individuals so early in their careers.” “Dr. Kim has amassed an impressive list of articles in refereed journals, including some of the top journals in her field, such as Creativity Research Journal, Journal of Creative Behavior, and Educational and Psychological Measurement. She has also contributed chapters to a range of edited volumes that are international in scope, and written several major encyclopedia entries, which attests to the value her colleagues in the field place in her expertise.” “In short, Dr. Kyung-Hee Kim is a talented researcher who has made important contributions to her field and is deserving of recognition for her work.”

The Editor of the CRJ wrote (Letter), “[Dr. Kim] is a knowledgeable and highly capable researcher and has already contributed in important ways to the creativity literature. Creativity is a difficult subject matter and rigorous research is sorely needed. This is precisely what Kyung-Hee has contributed. She has also tackled some timely issues, such as the creativity of disadvantages children. These children have creative potential but are often misunderstood. Note, then, that Kyung-Hee is conducting rigorous research but often with important implied relevance.”

The editor of the JSGE wrote (Letter), “Dr. Kim is a very intelligent and accomplished individual who has an impressive list of publications for such a recent graduate. Her high intelligence, mastery of sophisticated statistics and measurement, excellent writing ability, and creativity enable her to be an excellent researcher. However, it is her drive that makes her so productive.

One of the well-known scholars in the field, Dr. Hebert, wrote (Letter), “I can assure your committee of the rigor of Dr. Kim’s research in creativity. I have been very impressed by Dr. Kim’s contributions to the field of creativity. Her research publications have been characterized by thoroughness and attention to developing a line of inquiry building from publication to publication, and contributing to a body of literature on creativity and assessment. In addition, Dr. Kim has helped focus the issues of underachievement among gifted and highly creative students from culturally diverse backgrounds. Her significant work is shedding much light on cultural factors that influence how creativity is nurtured in young people. Her ability to relate and integrate her findings with those of other researchers in her publications is exceptional. Dr. Kim has provided an important research base for continuing study of creativity issues and for practitioners’ consideration of appropriate interventions in schools.”

Finally, the editor of the PACA wrote (Letter), “Simply put, Dr. Kim is a rising star and is to build a department around.”

My self-evaluation of scholarship is partly based on the research awards that I have been awarded. In August, 2009, I received the 2009 Berlyne Research Award (Letter), “in recognition of outstanding research by a junior scholar” from the American Psychology Association (APA [Description]). A brief description of the award is as follows:
The 2009 Berlyne Research Award---In Recognition of Outstanding Research by a Junior Scholar. The 2009 Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (APA) in Toronto, Canada, August 7, 2009.

I have recieved the 2009 New Voice in Intelligence and Creativity Award (Letter), from the University of Kansas. I was invited to the conference for my research presentation on intelligence and creativity. A brief description of the award is also as follows:
The 2009 New Voice in Intelligence and Creativity Award. The Williamson Family Endowment, the University of Kansas, and the Counseling Laboratory for the Exploration of Optimal States (CLEOS) in Lawrence, KS, November 1-3, 2009.

In October, 2008, I received the 2008 Hollingworth Research Award (Program), “in recognition of significant research in the field of Gifted and Talented Education,” from the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC). A brief description of the award is as follows:

The 2008 Hollingworth Research Award---In Recognition of Significant Research in the Field of Gifted and Talented Education. The 55th Annual Convention of the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) in Tampa, FL, October 31, 2008.

In March, 2008, I received the 2007 Ronald W. Collins Distinguished Faculty Research Award (Letter), which is the highest honor the University presents to an individual faculty member,” from the Eastern Michigan University (EMU). A brief description of the award is as follows (Award Document Collection):
The 2007 Ronald W. Collins Distinguished Faculty Research Award. Eastern Michigan University (EMU), March 26, 2008.

In March, 2007, I received the 2006 Faculty Scholarship Recognition Research Award (Letter), in recognition of my dedication to scholarship, from EMU. A brief description of the award is as follows (Award Document Collection):
The 2006 Faculty Scholarship Recognition Research Award. 2007 Annual Salute to Excellence, Eastern Michigan University (EMU). March 28, 2007.


Prior to EMU and WM, I received two national one international research award in recognition of my outstanding scholarship. This occurred when I was a doctoral student at UGA.

In April, 2005, I received the 2005 E. Paul Torrance Graduate Student Research Award (Program), “in recognition of research in applied creativity,” from the American Creativity Association (ACA). My presentation at the award ceremony is posted on the web site of the ACA and can be accessed by clicking the link. By clicking my name on the web site, the power point presentation of my research can also be accessed. A brief description of the award is as follows (Award Document Collection):
The 2005 E. Paul Torrance Graduate Student Research Award. In recognition of Research in Applied Creativity, the American Creativity Association (ACA [Program]) 2005 International Conference in Austin, Texas, March 30 – April 2, 2005.

In November 2005, I received the 2005 NAGC Doctoral Student Research Award (Program), from the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC). The description of the award on the web site of the NAGC can be accessed by clicking the link. A brief description of the award is also as follows (Award Document Collection):
The 2005 NAGC Doctoral Student Research Award. The
52nd Annual Convention of the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) in Louisville, Kentucky, November 9-13, 2005.

In August, 2004, I received the 2004 Fresh Perspectives in International Psychology Second Place Research Award, from the International Council of Psychologists (ICP [Letter]). A brief description of the award is also as follows:
The 2004 Fresh Perspectives in International Psychology Second Place Research Award. The 2004 Convention of the International Council of Psychologists (ICP) in Jinan, China, August 3 – 6, 2004.


In conclusion, I believe that my scholarship will continue to support the national and international reputation of the School of Education here at William and Mary. My scholarly activities have already been recognized as major contributions in the research of Giftedness, Creativity, and Educational Psychology. This is exemplified above by both the research awards I have already received and, probably more importantly, my national and international reputation as exemplified by the comments of some of the leading scholars' in the field of Educational Psychology. I believe that the reputation of the College of William and Mary can only be strengthened by my continued research and scholarship in the coming years.