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Cal State L.A.’s college dean garners international award

June 26, 2014

Dean Eunsook Hyun of the Charter College of Education at California State University, Los Angeles was recently honored with the Basarab Nicolescu Transdisciplinary Science and Engineering Award during The ATLAS 2014 International Conference in Taichung, Taiwan.

This inaugural award is named for Basarab Nicolescu, who is known as “the contemporary father of transdisciplinarity.”  

“Thank you for giving me this special international recognition,” said Hyun. “As an educator and researcher studying human experience for the advancement of humanity, I find myself extremely humbled and honored to receive such an important award.”

Over the last 10 years, Hyun has been leading and facilitating various ways for universities to create both implicit and explicit teaching, learning, and research capacities that would allow students, faculty and community partners to interact without disciplinary boundaries. Her intent was to help the learning community uncover unknown possibilities of understanding each other and to build unusual but much needed capacities for solving field-based problems in an interdependent and interconnected manner.

“Dr. Nicolescu’s conceptual articulation on transdisciplinarity and his global leadership on transdisciplinary initiatives have been a tremendous inspiration in and for my work as well as for the learning community that I serve,” she explained.

As dean of the Charter College of Education, Hyun serves as chief academic, fiscal and administrative officer of the College. Her numerous roles include providing leadership in moving the College forward as a national model of a charter college, aligned with the institutional strategic plan to fulfill the critical and timely mission of preparing outstanding and caring educators, counselors and educational leaders to work with diverse learners in urban schools and related agencies. 

Prior to Cal State L.A., Hyun was a professor of curriculum studies and associate provost at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, where she also served as department chair of curriculum and instruction. She was previously program director and co-director of various graduate and undergraduate programs in the College of Education at Kent State University, Ohio.

Hyun earned her Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction from the Pennsylvania State University in University Park, Pennsylvania, and both her M.A. and B.S. in early childhood/teacher education from Duksung Women’s University in Seoul, Korea.

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