"My goal as a teacher is to help students become successful participants
and/or leaders in a variety of collaborative processes in their
professional lives. To that end, I make conscious efforts to facilitate
students’ learning by blending discipline-specific theoretical
frameworks with practical applications to their own experiences and
Prof. Yoon served as the chair of the (former) Organizational and Multicultural Communication program until 2016.
- Kay Yoon
On the MA in Organizational and Multicultural Communication Program
The Organizational and Multicultural Communication (former) program
offers students the unique educational training to succeed in the
contemporary workplace. With the recognition that many organizational
operations take place across geographical, temporal, and cultural
boundaries, our program pays special attention to training our students
to become successful members of their workplace in the culturally
diverse environment. The oral, written, conceptual, and applied skills
fostered in the program translate across a broad scope of professional
fields, employment opportunities, and career trajectories. Our program
covers a variety of topic areas including organizational leadership,
assessment and intervention, diversity training, organizational culture,
training and development, language and power, cultural and
organizational identity, globalization, critical theory, and rhetorical
On the Type of Student Organizational and Multicultural Communication Seeks
Our program is seeking students who embrace the ever-shifting world
we live in. We seek intellectual leaders who see unpredictability as an
opportunity, rather than something to shy away from. The types of
students who are most likely to succeed in our program are those who are
open-minded to a variety of theoretical and methodological traditions
and who understand that personal and professional success is rooted in
critical thinking, innovation, leadership, and collaboration. We also
seek students who strive for Vincentian values of social justice.
Why our Program is a Unique Place to Study Organizational and Multicultural Communication
The program uniquely prepares our students with the breadth and
depth of qualities most desirable to employers, merging theoretical
sophistication with applied competence. By focusing on leadership, team
processes, critical thinking, and creativity in their course work and
independent projects, our graduates acquire the tools, credentials, and
experience necessary to succeed in an increasingly complex and uncertain
global job market.
Our program offers a range of learning approaches, blending small
group discussion, lecture and independent projects. Our teaching models,
while diverse across our classrooms, privilege creativity and
collaborative learning. These models resist routinized and conformist
thinking in the service of critical inquiry, innovation, and dynamic
synergy and engagement. All of our courses take place in a seminar-style
classroom with hands-on attention from our outstanding faculty.
is invested in supporting and guiding our students’ learning activities
based on their individual career goals. Students have freedom when
choosing individual projects according to their personal interest areas
and paving their own path to accomplish specific career goals. On top of
classroom experiences, a variety of internship opportunities are
offered for those who want to strengthen their career in a chosen field.
Students who are interested in a career in academia have opportunities
for teaching and research closely working with faculty members.
What Drew Professor Yoon to the Discipline?
My research interests lie in collaborative processes in work teams.
I’m interested in examining the ways in which work teams recognize and
use their members’ knowledge, skills, and abilities in team
collaborations. While teams collectively possess more cognitive
abilities than any single individual alone, team performances often do
not reach their full potential. In my research, I examine cognitive,
communicative, and social mechanisms that enhance or hinder knowledge
sharing processes in work teams and the subsequent impact on team
performance as well as the socio-emotional experiences of team members. I
was drawn to this area because collaborating with others is inherent
part of our professional and personal lives and a critical element for
success at the individual, group, and organizational levels.
Why Do You Teach at DePaul?
I was attracted to DePaul University for two reasons: Commitment to
diversity and outstanding faculty. DePaul not only embraces, but also
seeks out diversity in all aspects of institutional endeavors ranging
from curriculum development, student and faculty recruitment and
support, to social justice. These efforts hold diversity as something to
celebrate rather than an obstacle to deal with. Also, I am privileged
to a part of outstanding faculty
of (inter)nationally recognized teachers and researchers. They are
truly dedicated to students’ learning, constantly bringing their
expertise to the classroom with state-of-the-art and innovative
materials and pedagogies.
What Makes Chicago a Special City to You?
We’re lucky to be situated in this great city! DePaul has been very
active in using the city as an extension of the classroom by engaging
the students in what the city offers us. A variety of internship opportunities
in the vibrant economy, diverse cultural, educational, and political
events, and exposure to diverse populations are tremendously valuable
resources for the students and faculty alike.