Biography

Yoon Pak is Professor and Head in the Department of Education Policy, Organization, and Leadership (EPOL). 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. Professor Pak was elected to serve as Vice President and Program Chair for the History of Education Society (HES) for 2018-2019, and President of HES for 2019-2020.

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Key Professional Appointments

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

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Education

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

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Awards, Honors, Associations

Outstanding Asian American Faculty Award, Asian American Cultural Center, 2014 - 2014

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, 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

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Publications

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, New York, United States: New York University Press.

Ng, Jennifer, ., 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 95-130.

Pak, Y., Maramba, D., & Hernandez, X. (2014). Asian Americans in Higher Education: Charting New Realities. ( 1 ed vol. 40,). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, USA: ASHE Higher Education Report.  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 ( pp. 42-48). Vancouver, BC: University of British Columbia Press.

Pak, Y. (2006). Multiculturalism matters: Learning from our past. Race and ethnicity in education: Principles and practices of multicultural education ( vol. Vol. 1, pp. 3-22). New York: Praeger.

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 ( pp. 57-75). New York: Peter Lang.

Pang, V., Kiang, P., & Pak, Y. (2003). "Asian Pacific American Students: Fighting Overgeneralizations,". Handbook of Research on Multicultural Education, Second Edition San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

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 ( pp. 43-59). Greenwich, CT: Information Age Press.

Pak, Y. (2002). Wherever I go I will always be a loyal American: Schooling Seattle's Japanese American schoolchildren during World War II New York: Routledge/Falmer.

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,". ( no. 1, 2001 ed vol. 36, pp. pp. 152-158). 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.

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Presentations

Invited speaker on the model minority stereotype (2012).: Vancouver, BC.

Troubling "achievement:" historicizing the achievement gap through oral history narratives (2012).: Seattle, WA.

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Service

Co-Editor, History of Education Quarterly, 2006 - 2015

Manuscript Reviewer, Educational Theory, 2011 - 2013

Expert Panel Member, Community Radio, Asian Pacific American (APA) Compass, Portland, OR, KBOO Radio, 2012 - 2012

Manuscript Reviewer, Educational Philosophy and Theory, 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

Book Review Editor, Book Review Editor, History of Education Quarterly, 2006 - 2008

Committee Member, Diversity Committee Member, History of Education Society, 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

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Courses

Foundation of Higher Education (EOL 571) Examination of the development of American higher education, including the evolution of its forms, purposes, practices, leadership, and constituents.

Asian American Education (EPOL 402) Examination and analysis of Asian American education from the late 1800's to the present.

Historical and Social Barriers (EPOL 403) Synchronous attendance required. Moodle LMS.

Intro to Diversity & Equity (EPOL 515) Designed to broaden and deepen students' reflective understanding of diversity and equity and promote a critical and analytical approach to research on relevant topics, as well as support the development of scholar-practitioners. While diversity is inclusive of social and economic status, gender, race, religion, sexuality, ethnicity, ability, and culture, the course is organized around intersectional identity formations as they continue to inform educational and workforce policies and practices. Throughout this course, students will examine the definitions, role, function and effects of diversity and equity in broadly defined educational structures. The dynamics of power and privilege impact the ways in which diversity and equity manifest, particularly via educational and social policies. Synchronous attendance required.

Intro to Diversity & Equity (EPOL 515) Designed to broaden and deepen students' reflective understanding of diversity and equity and promote a critical and analytical approach to research on relevant topics, as well as support the development of scholar-practitioners. While diversity is inclusive of social and economic status, gender, race, religion, sexuality, ethnicity, ability, and culture, the course is organized around intersectional identity formations as they continue to inform educational and workforce policies and practices. Throughout this course, students will examine the definitions, role, function and effects of diversity and equity in broadly defined educational structures. The dynamics of power and privilege impact the ways in which diversity and equity manifest, particularly via educational and social policies. Synchronous attendance required. Moodle LMS.

Foundation of Higher Education (EPOL 552) Synchronous attendance required. Moodle LMS.

Independent Study (EPOL 595) Offers opportunity and challenge of self-directive, independent study; develops the individual's ability as an independent student and enables the student to pursue needed study in a field in which appropriate courses are not being offered during a given term.

Thesis Research (EPOL 599) Individual direction of research and thesis writing.

Asian American Education (EPS 402)

Historical & Social Barriers (EPS 405) 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.

Historical and Social Barriers (EPS 405) 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.

Race, Gender & Sexuality Issu (EPS 536)

Intro to Diversity & Equity (EPS 576) Academic Outreach restrictions and assessments apply, see http://www.outreach.uiuc.edu.

Intro to Diversity & Equity (EPS 576)

Intro to Diversity & Equity (SPED 513) This course, geared to education non-majors, offers an introduction to ways of thinking about educational theories, concepts, and practices as they relate to philosophical discussions surrounding social justice, especially as pertaining to race, class, gender and disability. Broadens students' reflective understanding of the development of educational institutions and practices and, through an emphasis on class discussion, promotes a critical and analytical approach to thinking about the evaluating these institutions and practices.

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