Yoon Named Associate Provost for Experiential Learning and Global Engagement

Dr. Suk-Chung Yoon of Cherry Hill, N.J., a William R. Bailey Endowed professor and chair of the Department of Computer Science at Widener University, has been appointed to a new position at Widener as associate provost for experiential learning and global engagement. While he will maintain his current academic roles, he will now also oversee the development of the Office of Experiential Learning and chair the new Experiential Learning Council. In addition, he’ll continue work on establishing and enhancing good practices in international educational partnerships, which he began earlier this academic year.

At the start of the 2011-12 academic year, Yoon was appointed to a part-time position as special assistant to Widener University President James T. Harris III. It was in this position that he began to build a working relationship with leading universities in Asia, with underlying goals of identifying and establishing good practices in internationalization, developing innovative strategies to enhance campus internationalization and preparing all students to live and work in a global and multicultural society. 

Also as special assistant to the president, Yoon became involved in developing plans for a new academic building that will serve students in the communications studies, computer science and newly formed informatics programs.

In his newest appointment as associate provost for experiential learning and global engagement, Yoon will tackle a new set of goals: providing university-wide vision and leadership in the development and implementation of experiential learning, including undergraduate research, service learning, study abroad/away and internships/co-op; developing specific institutional strategic initiatives to solidify Widener University’s commitment to global engagement and provide momentum for the internationalization of the university; encouraging faculty members to pursue international collaborations that are consistent with Widener’s strategic plan; and assisting in finding funding to support faculty and students who are interested in experiential learning and global engagement initiatives. 

"Dr. Yoon’s history of involvement in promoting undergraduate research as a form of experiential learning well prepares him for this new role,” said Widener Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Stephen C. Wilhite. “He has advised more than 60 student projects since coming to Widener. Some of these projects have been presented at national conferences, and some have included community service to local nonprofit organizations. He has also promoted other forms of experiential learning through his development of co-op and summer internship programs in computer science and through the development of partnerships with IBM, JP Morgan Chase and Oracle.”

Since joining the Widener faculty in 1991, Yoon has taught courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels and across the university in the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business Administration and the School of Engineering. He has served as chair for the Department of Computer Science for the past nine years.

Outside of the classroom, Yoon is a world-renowned researcher, mainly in the areas of web technologies, data mining and bioinformatics. In 2008 he was awarded a $400,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to revitalize undergraduate education in enterprise computing. He has since brought together representatives from academia and industry to develop and implement a new area of study at Widener focused on the skills needed to develop and maintain enterprise systems.

Yoon has twice received the IBM Faculty Award and was a recipient of the 2008 Lindback Foundation Award for Distinguished Teaching, an honor bestowed annually to a member of Widener’s faculty.

Yoon was a member of the 2010-11 class of the American Council on Education (ACE) Fellows Program, a premier fellowship that prepares tomorrow’s leaders of American colleges and universities. Often called “the pathway to the presidency,” the ACE Fellows Program has produced hundreds of presidents in addition to vice presidents, deans, department chairs and other notable leaders in higher education. 

Yoon earned a bachelor’s degree from Yonsei University in Korea and a master’s degree and doctorate from Northwestern University.

Widener University is a private, metropolitan university that connects curricula to social issues through civic engagement. Dynamic teaching, active scholarship, personal attention, and experiential learning are key components of the Widener experience. A comprehensive doctorate-granting university, Widener is comprised of eight schools and colleges that offer liberal arts and sciences, professional and pre-professional curricula leading to associate, baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees. The university’s campuses in Chester, Exton, and Harrisburg, Pa., and Wilmington, Del., serve some 6,700 students. Visit the university website, http://www.widener.edu.

 

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