[dropcap]J[/dropcap]i-Yeung Jang is the Associate Director of the Center for International Studies located in the Yamada International House at Ohio University. As the Associate Director, Jang works with promoting global affairs through strategic planning, communication, global partnerships and academic program coordination.
With a long history of experience in the international studies and teaching realm, Jang began her undergrad in teacher education. After her schooling, Jang taught at an elementary school in Korea for three years. She then came to the United States to pursue her master’s degree in international development education.
For her master’s thesis, Jang worked as a teacher at a non-formal education center in Kenya. It was here that Jang documented her strong love and passion for African studies. Once completing her master’s degree, she continued on to attain a PhD in international development education.
Jang soon received a position working in the field of international education at the University of Minnesota for 12 years. During this time, she worked on evaluations and programming within the school.
After working at the University of Minnesota, Jang decided to apply for employment with Ohio University. “The pulling factor was the African Studies program at the Center for International Studies because of my passion for Africa, which really drew me into this field,” Jang said when asked why she chose the position.
“Although my background is education, I see my passion in the developmental work and these area studies so it’s a perfect combination for me,” Jang said.