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Heewon Chang

Biographical Information

Heewon Chang


  • 1989 Ph. D. in Curriculum and Instruction (Concentration: Education and Anthropology), College of Education, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon. Dissertation: American High School Adolescent Life and Ethos: An Ethnography (Dissertation Advisor—Dr. Harry Wolcott; Advisor in anthropology—Dr. Philip Young) Note: The dissertation was nominated for the Outstanding Dissertation Award of both American Educational Research Association (AERA) and American Anthropological Association (AAA) and was later published as a book in 1992 by Falmer Press.
  • 1984 M. A. in Education and Anthropology, College of Education, University of Oregon Master’s Thesis: The Role of School in Various Cross-Cultural Contexts: A Discussion of Six Models (Thesis Advisor—Dr. Harry Wolcott)
  • 1982 B. A. in Education with Minor in Sociology, College of Arts and Languages, Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea (with an honor equivalent to Summa Cum Laude) Senior Thesis:  Application of Ethnography to the Education Research in Korea (Thesis Advisor—Dr. Joon-Sang Han)


  • 2009-2010 Funded  Grant: NVivo Teaching Grant ($10,000 Received with Dr. Faith Ngunjiri from Eastern University)
  • 1988-1989 Funded Grant: Faculty Research Grant (received with Professor Eui-Sook Cho), Soong Sil University, Seoul, Korea
  • 1986-87 Robert A. Booth Fellowship, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon
  • 1984-86 Graduate Teaching Fellowship, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon 1983-84    P. E. 0. International Peace Scholarship

Awards & Honors

  • 1988 International Student Outstanding Achievement Award, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon
  • 1988 Graduate Student Service Award, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon
  • 1982 The Most Distinguished Graduating Senior Award in Education by the Korean National Association of High School Teachers, Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea
  • University Scholarship for Outstanding Academic Achievement, Yonsei University


  • Chairman, Scientific Session, PA Association of College Teacher Educators
  • Chairman, Several Scientific Sessions, American Anthropological Association
  • Co-Chair, Committee 6, Council on Anthropology and Education, American Anthropological Association
  • Member, The Board of Council on Anthropology and Education
  • Member and Co-Chair, Undergraduate Education Policy and Curriculum Committee Eastern University



  • 2014 Invited Workshop: Solo and Collaborative Autoethnography. St. Francis College of Charles Sturt University, Brisbane, Australia
  • 2012 Panel: Applying Qualitative Research Methods to Justice-Oriented Leadership Dissertation Studies. International Congress of Qualitative Research, May 2012, Urbana, IL
  • 2010 Panel: “The Circle is Unbroken: Ethnographic Studies of Schools and Their Communities in Pedagogy and Praxis.” American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, Nov. 20
  • 2010 Workshop: Collaborative Autoethnography. International Leadership Association Annual Meeting (October 28)
  • 2010 Workshop: Teach, Research, & Reach. Handong Global University, Korea, (October 20) 2010     Panel: Reaching the World with Qualitative Research: Publishing in Open-accessJournals, International Congress of Qualitatiave Inquiry, May 28, U of Illinois (with Sara Hartmann from Eastern U, Faith Ngunjiri from Eastern U, & Kevin Stranack from Simon Fraser U)
  • 2010 Panel: Mentoring for Leadership Development in the Global Community, International Congress of Qualitatiave Inquiry, May 28, U of Illinois (with Eastern’s Doctoral Students: Pat Bleil, Julie Breithaupt, Karen Kispert, David Ober, and David Wolf)
  • 2009 Workshop: Collaborative Autoethnography, American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, December 4, Philadelphia
  • 2009 Workshop, Leadership for Transformation: An Autoethnographic Approach, International Leadership Association Annual Meeting, November 13, Prague, Czech Republic
  • 2009 Panel: “Packing the Inquiry Toolkit: QDA Software as a Tool in the Doctoral Process” co- presented with Cynthia W. Jacobs from QSR International (May 2009, ICQI Conference)
  • 2008 Workshop: Autoethnography-“Do you mean I can use my personal stories for scholarly writing?” Academic Festival, Eastern University
  • 2007 Invited Presenter, session on “Leading Effective Class Discussion On-ground and Online,” Faculty Workshop, Eastern U.
  • 2007 Invited Panelist, Session on online academic journal editing, SW/Texas Popular Culture/American Culture Associations Annual Meeting (Albuquerque, NM)
  • 2006 Invited Presenter, Workshop on Autoethnography, Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea
  • 2005 Invited Senior Researcher-Mentor, Round Table Discussion on Educational Ethnography, American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting
  • 2005 Invited Speaker, Cultural Sensitivity Workshop for Bible Camp Counselors, Phoenixville Presbyterian Church, Eastern University
  • 2005 Invited Panelist, Diversity Workshop for Teachers, Administrators, and Supporting Staff, Phoenixville Area School District
  • 2005 Invited Presenter, “Grading Practices of Education Department,” Faculty Workshop, Eastern University
  • 2001 Invited Workshop Presenter, Cultural Autobiography, Faculty Workshop, Eastern University
  • 2000 Invited Presenter, Urban Girls Conference, SUNY, Buffalo
  • 1999 Invited Speaker, Kappa Delta P1 Induction Ceremony, Eastern College
  • 1998-2004 Presenter, Multicultural Workshop for Barry School Summer Camp, Eastern College, PA
  • 1998 Workshop on Qualitative Research Methods in Education at Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea
  • 1997 Invited Speaker, Workshop for Teachers on Diversity Education at Pennsauken Public School System, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania School District, PA (coordinated by Diversity Works, Inc.)
  • 1994 Invited Presenter, Workshop on Multiculturalism for Urban Female High School Students sponsored by the Ellis Scholars’ Program, Eastern College, Pennsylvania
  • 1993 Guest Speaker, Numerous Presentations on Asian Americans in undergraduate classes, Eastern College and Ursinus College, Pennsylvania
  • 1993 Guest Speaker in Undergraduate and Graduate courses on the issues of Education and Anthropology, Ethnographic/Qualitative Methods, and Anthropological Studies of Adolescents, Asia United Theological College, Duk-Sung Women’s University, Joong-Ang University, and Presbyterian College and Theological Seminary, Seoul, Korea
  • 1993 Invited Panelist, The 1993 Multicultural Resource Center Conference, MRCC, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania

Scientific Paper/Poster Presentations

  • 2014 Invited Presentation: Autoethnography for Nursing Science, Korean Qualitative Research Association.
  • 2014 Invited Presentation: Qualitative Research Methods for Educational Anthropologists, Korean Educational Anthropology Association.
  • 2014 Invited Presentation: Further Qualitative Data Analysis for DIPEx Projects, DIPEx Research Team in Korea
  • 2012 Paper: “Crossing from Ethnography to Autoethnography: Harry Wolcott’s Contributions to the Discipline of Anthropology and Education American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, November 2012, San Francisco, CA
  • 2012 Paper: “The Making of Collaborative Autoethnography: Methodologically Speaking,”  in the panel, Methodological Insights from Collaborative Autoethnography. International Congress of Qualitative Research, May 2012, Urbana, IL
  • 2012 Paper: "Self-reflexivity: A Habit of Mind for Developing Leaders" Tobias Leadership Conference, Feb. 23-25, 2012, Colorado Springs, CO
  • 2011 Paper: “Exploiting the Margins: Women of Color Advancing in the Academy” American Educational Research Association (April 11)
  • 2010 Poster: “Learn to Act: Mentoring Research in Leadership Development,” International Leadership Association. October 28
  • 2010 Paper: “Multicultural Education: What, Why, and How,” Academic Forum at Goyang Culture Friendship Fair 2010, Korea, October 19.
  • 2009 Poster: “Navigational Strategies of Immigrant Faculty in US Academy: Collaborative Autoethnography,” International Leadership Association, Prague, Czech Republic, (November 2009, ILA Conference)
  • 2009 Paper: “Where Spirituality, Gender, and Ethnicity Meet: Collaborative Autoethnography of Three Female Leaders of Color in a Faith-Based Higher Education” co-presented with Dr. Faith Ngunjiri and Dr. Kathy-Ann Hernandez from Eastern University (May 2009, ICQI Conference)
  • 2006 Paper: “Make Autoethnography Ethnographic,” 2006 American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA
  • 2006 Paper: “Autoethnography as a Methodology,” Korean Society of Anthropology and Education, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea
  • 2006 Paper: “Autoethnography: Raising Cultural Awareness of Self and Others,” Ethnography in Education Forum, University of Pennsylvania, February
  • 200 Paper: “Hope or Despair: Voices of Stakeholders on Urban Education,” Ethnography in Education Forum, University of Pennsylvania, February
  • 2003 Paper: “Rethinking of Multicultural Education from a Global Cultural Perspective,” American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL
  • 2002  Paper: “Cultural Autobiography: Self-Reflective Practices for Multicultural Educators,” CCTE Education 2002 Conference, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Ml
  • 2000 Paper: “Evolution of the Mentor-Mentee Relationship: From Doktoriater To Uncle Harry,” American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA
  • 2000 Paper: “Triple Jeopardy in Identity Formation: Korean Urban Girls in an Evening Commercial High School,” Urban Girls Conference, SUNY, Buffalo, NY
  • 1998  Paper: “Re-examining the Cultural Border Rhetoric of the Multicultural Society: Is Cultural Border Read,” American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA
  • 1998  Paper: “Is Cultural Diversity a Friend or a Foe?: An Ethnography of Christian Schools,” Academic Festival, Eastern College, St. Davids, PA
  • 1997  Paper: “Experiential Learning of Multiculturalism Through Simulation Activities: Multicultural Card Game,” American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, Washington, DC
  • 1994 Paper: “We Are Dumb but Not That Dumb: Korean vocational high school students’ negotiation with their negative academic label,” American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA
  • 1993 Paper: “Multiculturalism as Everyone’s Experience’: An Alternative Framework of Multicultural Understanding.” Multicultural Resource Center Conference, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
  • 1992 Paper: “Negotiation and Renegotiation with Adolescents in Qualitative Research.” The 1992 Conference on Qualitative Research in Education, Athens, Georgia.
  • 1991 Paper: “Successful Adolescents as Successful Negotiators.” Annual Ethnography in Education Forum, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.
  • 1989 Paper: “Schooling for Upward Social Mobility or Social Tracking?: A Case of Korean Adolescents.” American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, Washington, DC
  • 1988 Paper: “Adolescent Fund Raising as a Reflection of American Ideals.” American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, Phoenix, Arizona.
  • 1987 Paper: “American High School Students’ View of Peers.” American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois.
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