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Kay Yoon


Professor Kay Yoon earned her MA and PhD in Communication at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and BA in Spanish in Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in Seoul, Korea.

Areas of Interest and Specialization

She specializes in small group communication in the workplace. She teaches Teams and Leadership, Group Decision Making, Group Information Sharing, and Team Diversity in both undergraduate and graduate levels. Her areas of research include knowledge sharing in work teams, diversity management, and pedagogy and training for team processes. Her recent projects investigate various types of barriers to effective knowledge sharing in culturally diverse work teams and how those barriers affect team performance and socio-emotional experiences of team members.

Courses Taught

CMN 396 Capstone in Communication
CMNS 549 Teams and Diversity
CMNS 553 Diversity Training and Leadership
ORGC 212 Small Group Communication
ORGC 316 Communication and Group Decision Making
ORGC 317 Virtual Teams
ORGC 358 Team Building and Leadership


Yoon's work appears in H. E. Canary and R. D. McPhee (Eds.), Communication and Organizational Knowledge: Contemporary Perspectives for Theory and Practice. Routledge, N. Ashkanasy (Ed.), Research on Emotion in Organizations (Vol. 2, pp. 269-289), Oxford, UK: Elsevier, and Small Group Research.

Professional Organizations

National Communication Association (NCA), International Communication Association (ICA), Interdisciplinary Network for Group Research (INGRoup), and Korean American Communication Association (KACA).


Meet the Program Director: Kay Yoon on Organizational and Multicultural Communication