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Hyunji Kwon

[ hee-ɑn-jee kwan ]


Associate Professor of Art Education

Women's & Gender Studies Affiliate

School of Visual Art & Design

University of South Carolina




Campus Address:

1615 Senate Street #330

Columbia, SC 29208


Hello, I am an social justice-minded Art Education researcher and educator.

I am a descendant of North Korean refugees who fled from the Korean War, and was an elementary school teacher in South Korea before coming to the U.S.

My research interests include:

Trauma Studies, community-based art education,

BIPOC alliance, preK-16 connection, and research methodologies.

Please click the images below to read my work.

2023 -         
2017 - 2023

University of South Carolina

Associate Professor

Assistant Professor

2012 - 2017

The Pennsylvania State University

Graduate Instructor/Teaching Assistant

SP 2011 - 2012
   2008 - 2009

Daegu Jangdong Elementary School, Korea


2012 - 2017
Dual-title Ph.D. Degree 

The Pennsylvania State University

Art Education  

Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

2009 - 2012
Master's Degree

Seoul National University, Korea

Art Education 

2004 - 2008
Bachelor's Degree

Daegu National University of Education, Korea

Elementary Education, Specialized in Art Education 

Please click the images to access my work.

At UofSC, I have developed 1 online art appreciation course and re-designed 4 other courses to be more socially-responsive and student-oriented.


All of my courses have been positively received 

by my students (evaluations above 90%, 99% in fall 2018) as well as peer-evaluations. 

By reflecting on students' feedback, pedagogy workshops, conferences, and research, 

I have constantly updated my lectures, readings, assignments, and technology (i.e., virtual reality). 

Graduate Courses

ARTE 701: Research Methodologies in Art Education

ARTE 705 | WGST 796: Community Based Art Education

Undergraduate Courses

ARTE 560/760(P):

Secondary Methods for K-12 Art Certification & Practicum

ARTE 520: Art for Elementary School

ARTE 101: Introduction to Art (online | face-to-face)


ARTE 540/740(P): The School Art Program & Practicum

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