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Morgridge Endowed Chair

LD and Ruth G. Morgridge Endowed Chair in Teacher Education and Preparation

Yanghee Kim, the NIU College of Education's new LD and Ruth G. Morgridge Endowed Chair in Teacher Education and Preparation, is abundantly eager to begin her work in January. 

"My responsibilities here at NIU are what I have dreamed about," Kim says. "My research agenda is important, but I love to promote research collaboration between diverse research interests and to be a catalyst for collaborative education research, which should be, by nature, interdisciplinary." 

Highly regarded for her scholarship, Kim was awarded a prestigious grant from the National Science Foundation in January 2004 for a project designing avatar-based instructional teaching tools.

Kim's 2016 grant, "Inclusive Design for Engaging all Learners (IDEAL): Designing Technology for Cultural Brokering," explores another cutting-edge technology: the use of robots as teaching tools.

As principal investigator, that NSF grant comes with her to NIU until its conclusion in 2019. She will tap the NIU faculty to serve as co-principal investigators; she also is planning a related workshop on campus in January.

That type of initiative perfectly matches the goals of the Morgridge chair, founded in 1995 to emphasize innovation and advancement in teacher education, particularly in relation to the integration of technology in classroom practice.

Laurie Elish-Piper, dean of the NIU College of Education, heralds Kim's "innovative, creative forward-thinking."

"We're thrilled to have Yanghee join us because of her research to understand how cutting-edge technologies can be used to make education equalized and inclusive," Elish-Piper says.

"The Morgridge Endowed Chair position focuses on moving the field of teacher education forward, and we believe that Yanghee is uniquely positioned to leverage this opportunity to benefit not only NIU but our school district partners," the dean adds. "Her work is extremely innovative and interdisciplinary, which will allow her to work collaboratively with students and faculty in the College of Education as well as around campus and with faculty and students at other universities."

Yanghee Kim, Morgridge Endowed Chair