Announcing new Faculty members at CEHHS

August 30, 2019

The College of Education, Health, and Human Services (CEHHS) is pleased to announce the hiring of two new faculty members who will start their appointment in Fall 2019.

The new CEHHS Faculty members are Kyongson Park, who will be joining the Department of Education and Jean-Carlos Polanco Lopez, who will be joining the Department of Health and Human Services.

CEHHS welcomes Dr. Park and Dr. Polanco Lopez to UM-Dearborn. We are certain that they will strengthen the academic programs that the college offers at both undergraduate and graduate levels.

Kyongson Park, Ph.D.

Dr. Park received her Ph.D. in ESL/Second Language Studies program in the department of English from Purdue University, IN and obtained her Master’s degree in the department of Linguistics at Syracuse University, NY.

Dr. Park’s research interests include bilingual and English as a Second Language (ESL) education, intercultural communication, and language assessment for linguistically and culturally diverse students. Through her teaching experience, Dr. Park has been teaching pre-service teachers through K-12 teacher education for ESL licensure, international teaching assistants at the university level, and K-12 English learners.

Teaching interests: Literacy Instruction, Language and Culture, English as specific purposes, Assessment for English Learners, Teaching English as a Second Language, Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) strategies for K-12 teachers.

Jean-Carlos Polanco Lopez, Ph.D.

Dr. Polanco Lopez received his Ph.D. in Counseling and Counselor Education and Ed.S. in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Florida, Gainesville, FL. He obtained his Master’s degree in Counseling and Mental Health from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA.

Some of Dr. Polanco Lopez’s research topics are:

- How do individuals navigate social spheres that stigmatize them as “other”?
- How and where is embodiment and subjectivity formed as one evades realms of social policing?
- Impact of adherence to traditional masculine gender norms on intimate partner violence perpetration.
- How can counselors support Latinx trans individuals experiencing intimate partner violence?
- Multiply stigmatized populations

Teaching interests: Mental Health, System of care, Culture and sexuality, Human development, Vulnerable populations and Multicultural counseling.

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