Mason Korea Welcomes New Faculty

Meet the Spring 2022 New Faculty

imageEdgar Endress

Professor of Art 

What are you teaching at Mason Korea?

AVT 390 Video Art, AVT 180 Introduction to Digital Art, and AVT 104 Introduction to 2D Design and Color 

What is your favorite part of teaching?

To experience the various manifestations of a student's growth, those moments where students find a connection to their narrative, process, or ideas, building the architecture of their agency.

What professional accomplishment are you most proud of?

Perhaps timeline-wise, my promotion in 2021 to Full Professor.

Coffee or tea?

Both; morning coffee & afternoon tea. 

What’s your favorite part about being in Korea so far?

It gave me the possibility of being fully present, curious, and vulnerable.

 

 

imageLynette Leonard

Assistant Professor of Communication

What are you teaching at Mason Korea?

Comm 101 Fundamentals of Communication

What is your favorite part of teaching?

My favorite part of teaching is when students recognize their own growth and are proud of their accomplishments.

What professional accomplishment are you most proud of?

I am most proud of receiving the Excellence in Teaching Award in 2011 at the University of Nebraska-Omaha.

Coffee or tea?

Both! 

What’s your favorite part about being in Korea so far?

I appreciate the parks, the kind people, and the gorgeous sunrise each morning.

 

 

imageMoon Joon Kim 

Assistant Professor of Economics

What are you teaching at Mason Korea?

I am teaching ECON 103 Microeconomic Principles and ECON 335 Environmental Economics. 

What is your favorite part of teaching?

It's really exciting to see students starting to apply the economic way of thinking and changing their perspective on human behavior and economic phenomena throughout the semester.

What professional accomplishment are you most proud of?

Getting a PhD, publishing my own paper in a high-rank journal, giving presentations at major conferences, meeting famous economists, etc. But I would say I am most proud of becoming part of the Mason community. 

Coffee or tea?

I am a coffee lover and only drink black coffee. I usually drink my large Americano with an extra shot.

What’s your favorite part about being in Korea so far?

Working without having to worry about a work visa is my favorite part of being in Korea.

 

 

imageSohyun Park

Assistant Professor of Computational and Data Sciences 

What are you teaching at Mason Korea?

I am teaching CDS 130 Computing for Scientists and CDS 230 Modeling and Simulation 1 this semester. I am looking forward to meeting MK students in programs other than CDS too!

What is your favorite part of teaching?

It makes me happy when students learn how to fish beyond just knowing how to eat fish. I am very interested in helping students develop portfolios with their own creative works. Please feel free to drop by my office to say hello!

What professional accomplishment are you most proud of?

I am proud of myself for completing the doctoral program. I will keep trying to accomplish great things at Mason. 

Coffee or tea?

Hot Americano except in August (iced Americano for August!)

What’s your favorite part about being in Korea so far?

It has been two months since I came back to Korea. Food is my favorite part of being here. I almost cried after having one bite of Issac Toast the other day.

 

 

imageNoele Simmons

Instructor of Academic English 

What are you teaching at Mason Korea?

I'm teaching Academic English classes that focus on the four skills of reading, writing, speaking, and listening.

What is your favorite part of teaching?

The students! Absolutely. I love helping them launch to become who they want to be. When they leave me, they feel confident that they have the skills to tackle any assignment that is going to be presented to them in a mainstream university class.

What professional accomplishment are you most proud of?

I'm most proud of what I do professionally when a former student writes me several years later and tells me about how they just got the exact job they were hoping for, or when I get a letter from one in a graduate class who writes "Everyone was confused about x, but because of how you outlined steps, I felt totally prepared and confident."  For a more direct accomplishment, I applied for a promotion in September and received the good news that I had gotten it in December! It was a nice Christmas present.

Coffee or tea?

Coffee.

What’s your favorite part about being in Korea so far?

Meeting so many friendly people here at Mason Korea already. Everyone has been super kind and helpful. I am also totally grooving on the enormous parks to walk in!

 

 

imageMichael Zdanovich 

Instructor of Academic English 

What are you teaching at Mason Korea?  

I am one of two instructors in the MK Way Program this spring, the other being Noele Simmons.  We both teach Core 4, a reading and writing course, Oral Communication Skills (OCS) which teaches listening and speaking skills, and a business English course as an elective. 

What is your favorite part of teaching?

The thing I like most about teaching is getting to know my students. They often teach me things I do not know about or think about. I especially like international students because they come from interesting places about which I know only a little. Fortunately, in the case of my Korean MK Way students, I do know a bit about Korea's history, politics, place in the world, and just a little bit of the language, but I could certainly learn a whole lot more.

What professional accomplishment are you most proud of?  

That is a hard question to answer. I could think of many things actually - working in the Peace Corps as a high school teacher in the South Pacific, getting my Master of International Affairs degree from Columbia University, and working for INTO at George Mason University in Fairfax, but I guess it could all be summed up by my many years of experience teaching undergraduate students, American, Korean, Japanese, Pacific islanders, and others, both overseas and in the United States for the better part of my professional career.

Coffee or tea?

Frankly, I like both. Coffee during the day and tea in the evening.

What’s your favorite part about being in Korea so far?

This is perhaps my sixth time being in Korea. I first came here in 1984 and have seen the country change dramatically over the years. So, while others might talk about K-Pop or the Korean cuisine, I would say it has been interesting to see Korea's evolution into a politically and technologically advanced society with my own eyes over the years.