Yoon Pak is Associate Professor in the Department of Education Policy, Organization, and Leadership (EPOL) and serves as the Director of Doctoral Graduate Programs. She is also a core faculty member in the Department of Asian American Studies. She is a past recipient of the National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship and served as Co-Editor for the History of Education Quarterly from 2006-2015. Her research and teaching interests focus on the history of American education in the 20th century as it relates to racial minorities and immigrant groups. She also has interests in contemporary higher education issues as it affects Asian Pacific American student populations. In addition to numerous journal articles and book chapters, her book publications include, Wherever I Go I’ll Always Be A Loyal American: Schooling Seattle’s Japanese Americans During World War II, Asian Americans in Higher Education: Charting New Realities, and Ordinary People, Extraordinary Lives: Oral Histories of (Mis)Educational Opportunities in Challenging Notions of Academic Achievement (ed.). She has served in numerous capacities at the campus level in relation to diversity and equity concerns since her time at Illinois.
Associate Professor Educational Policy Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2005 - present
Associate Professor and Core Faculty Asian American Studies Program, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2005 - present
Assistant Professor Educational Policy Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1999 - present
Ph.D., Educational Leadership & Policy Studies, University of Washington, 1999
M.Ed., Educational Leadership & Policy Studies, University of Washington, 1994
B.A., History, University of Washington, 1992
Outstanding Asian American Faculty Award Asian American Cultural Center, 2014 - 2014
Outstanding Reviewer Award Educational Administration Quarterly, 2013 - 2013
Faculty Mentorship Award Trio Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Summer Research Institute, Office of Minority Student Affairs, 2013 - 2013
Outstanding Reviewer Award Educational Administration Quarterly, 2010 - 2010
Incomplete List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2003 - 2003
Incomplete List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2000 - 2000
Ng, J., Pak, Y., & Hernandez, X. (2016) Beyond the Perpetual Foreigner and Model Minority Stereotypes: A Critical Examination of How Asian Americans are Framed. Contemporary Asian America: A Reader New York University Press: New York, New York, United States
Pak, Y., Maramba, D., & Hernandez, X. (2014) Asian Americans in Higher Education: Charting New Realities ASHE Higher Education Report: San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, USA link >
Ng, J., Lee, S., & Pak, Y. (2007) Contesting the model minority and perpetual foreigner stereotypes: A critical review of literature on Asian Americans in education Review of Research in Education 31 (1), 95-130
Pak, Y. (2007) We are already multicultural: Why policy and leadership matter. Multicultural education policy in Canada and the United States: Symbol and substance University of British Columbia Press: Vancouver, BC
Pak, Y. (2006) Multiculturalism matters: Learning from our past. Race and ethnicity in education: Principles and practices of multicultural education Praeger: New York
Pak, Y. (2004) Teaching for intercultural understanding: A teacher's perspective in the 1940s. Social education in the twentieth century: Curriculum and context for citizenship Peter Lang: New York
Pang, V., Kiang, P., & Pak, Y. (2003) "Asian Pacific American Students: Fighting Overgeneralizations,". Handbook of Research on Multicultural Education, Second Edition Jossey-Bass: San Francisco
Pak, Y. (2002) "If there is a better intercultural plan in any school system in America, I do not know where it is": The San Diego City Schools' intercultural education program, 1946-1949 Urban Education 37 (5), 588-609
Pak, Y. (2002) The irony of exclusion: Education in Seattle during the Japanese American incarceration. Education for democracy: Contexts, curricula, and assessments Information Age Press: Greenwich, CT
Pak, Y. (2002) Wherever I go I will always be a loyal American: Schooling Seattle's Japanese American schoolchildren during World War II.. Routledge/Falmer: New York
Pak, Y. (2001) "'Dear Teacher': Letters on the Eve of the Japanese American Imprisonment," Middle Level Learning: National Council for the Social Studies 12, 10-15
Pak, Y. (2001) "Progressive Education and the Limits of Racial Recognition, Revisited," Educational Theory 51 (no. 4, 2001), pp. 487-497
Pak, Y. (2001) "Review of Stacey Lee's Unraveling the Model Minority Stereotype," Urban Education
Pak, Y. (2000) Citizenship education in the Seattle schools on the eve of the Japanese American incarceration Theory and Research in Social Education 28 (3), 339-358
Pak, Y., & Depouw, C.. De-Centering the Model Minority: Historical and Contemporary Trends
Pak, Y., & Johnson, L.. The history of intercultural education in the public schools, 1930s-1950s...
Co-Editor History of Education Quarterly, 2006 - 2015
Manuscript Reviewer Educational Theory, 2011 - 2013
Manuscript Reviewer Educational Philosophy and Theory, 2012 - 2012
Expert Panel Member Community Radio, Asian Pacific American (APA) Compass, Portland, OR, KBOO Radio, 2012 - 2012
Panel Discussant on Teacher Education, Higher Education and Progressivism: Similarities and Differen History of Education Society, 2012 - 2012
Proposal Reviewer Division F: HIstory and Historiography, AERA, 2011 - present
Proposal Reviewer History of Education Society, 2011 - present
Manuscript Reviewer Educational Administration Quarterly, 2010 - present
Manuscript Reviewer Teachers College Press, 2007 - 2010
Provider Asian Pacific American Mentoring Program, Office of the Dean of Students, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2000 - 2009
Manuscript Reviewer Theory and Research in Social Education, 2008 - 2008
Oral History Workshop Presenter Hull Center for the Humanities, Oral History Workshop, University of Kansas, 2008 - 2008
Committee Member Diversity Committee Member, History of Education Society, 2006 - 2008
Book Review Editor Book Review Editor, History of Education Quarterly, 2006 - 2008
Diversity Committee Member History of Education Society, 2005 - 2008
Invited Speaker College of Education Mentoring Network, University of Washington, 2006 - 2006
Board Member, Committee on Multicultural Education Committee on Multicultural Education, American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, 2004 - 2006
Faculty Mentor Summer Research Opportunities Program, 2005 - 2005
Review Board Educational Theory, 2000 - 2005
Member Asian Pacific American Resource Committee Office of the Dean of Students, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2000 - 2001
Asian American Education Examination and analysis of Asian American education from the late 1800's to the present. Course Information: Same as AAS 402. 4 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours.
Historical & Social Barriers Examines the relationship between ability, race, class, and gender to citizenship and schooling. Particular emphasis is placed on how the construction of "citizenship" has been used as a tool to further deny equal participation in the public sphere such as schools. To that end, an application of historical understanding of social barriers to educational access is analyzed from the Colonial period to the present. Course Information: 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. May be repeated for 4 graduate hours.
Historical & Social Barriers Seminar on topics not treated by regularly scheduled courses; requests for initiation may be made by students or faculty members. Course Information: May be repeated to a maximum of 8 hours.
Topics in Educational Policy Seminar on topics not treated by regularly scheduled courses; requests for initiation may be made by students or faculty members. Course Information: May be repeated to a maximum of 8 hours.
Diversity in the Workplace Assists educators, as well as trainers and managers in business and industry, to effectively recognize and understand diversity in school and work settings. Activities focus on understanding the nature of diverse populations, their unique learning needs, and potential collaborative efforts between educators and work place personnel. Course Information: 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours.