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Dr. Simon Kim

Associate Vice President, Research and Sponsored Programs

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Dr. Kim brings to the position nearly 20 years of experience as a faculty member in the Department of Advanced Studies in Education and Counseling and as an administrator at the program, department, college and university levels.

He served as Interim Associate Vice President for Research and Sponsored Programs from February 2014 to May 2016. Under his leadership, the campus has seen large increases in external funding requests and dollars. Dr. Kim was critical in helping the university win the prestigious California Governor’s Innovation award. He played a key role in helping the campus secure an important supplemental award related to assessment of Hispanic Serving Institution STEM projects. He also led the successful effort to win a Bridging the Gap grant from the Irvine Foundation, now in its first year. As Interim AVP, he has provided exemplary leadership and served as a dedicated, effective and tireless advocate for faculty and student research.

Dr. Kim’s strong interpersonal skills, excellent budgetary and planning acumen, and deep understanding of student success issues will allow him to enhance faculty and student research, scholarly and creative activity on campus.

Previously, Dr. Kim has served as Interim Associate Vice President in the Division of Student Affairs, Senior Director of Advising and Retention in Academic Affairs, Acting Associate Dean of Graduate Programs for the College of Education, Chair of the Department of Advanced Studies in Education and Counseling, and Associate Director of the Center for Language Minority Education and Research.

Dr. Kim completed his doctoral work at the University of Southern California in the area of educational psychology with a specialization in research methodology and program evaluation. He has authored numerous journal articles and book chapters and participated in internal and external grant and contract activities on K-16 educational partnerships and accountability, studies of culturally and linguistically diverse students, and the conceptualization and practice of evaluation of educational programs.