UNT faculty members honored by Korean Society of Clothing and Textiles

Monday, April 9, 2012

DENTON (UNT), Texas -- Three faculty members in the University of North Texas' College of Merchandising, Hospitality and Tourism have been named distinguished scholars by the Korean Society of Clothing and Textiles.

JiYoung Kim and Kiseol Yang, assistant professors in the college's Department of Merchandising and Digital Retailing, and HaeJung Maria Kim, an associate professor in the department, 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 and educational societies. This is the first time the Korean Society of Clothing and Textiles has invited international scholars for this honor.

The distinguished scholars will be honored at the society's spring conference at Seoul National University April 13-14, and will each present a paper about their research and will mentor young Korean faculty and students during the conference.

UNT had more faculty members selected as distinguished scholars than any other university. In addition, an alumna of the College of Merchandising, Hospitality and Tourism, who is now an assistant professor at the University of Minnesota, is among the 20 scholars.

Judith Forney, college dean, said 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 all 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.

Kim's, Yang's and Kim's work, Forney said, "is positioning UNT as a leader in understanding networked societies, and the application of their research to student learning and to the merchandising, hospitality and tourism industries has far-reaching impact."

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 has also 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 degree from Ewha Women's University in Seoul.

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 and Oklahoma State University and The Ohio State University.

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; and 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.

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 individual and collaborative research of its members. 

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