Dr. Jeonghyun “Annie” Kim, associate professor is the 2020 recipient of the Association for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T) Outstanding Information Science Teacher Award. The award recognizes and honors excellence in teaching in information science.
Kim was selected among a pool of candidates who were judged on criteria such as evidence of sustained and unique contributions to teaching information science, and impact on students, colleagues, and institutions.
“This award was a big surprise for me as I was not aware that I had been nominated,” said Kim. “I am very grateful to my doctoral advisors, colleagues, and students, who all have been outstanding teachers to me. I feel that I have finally repaid them by receiving this award.”
Kim’s research areas include digital libraries, digital curation, and library and information science education, and she has conducted research and presented at several conferences on these topics. She is also the Editor-in-Chief of the Electronic Library, a journal that explores information organization for knowledge creation, discovery, access, and sharing.
Several students and colleagues took the time to nominate Kim for this award. Dr. Kim's patience, efforts to ensure her students succeed and her passion for information science are common themes evident in their support for her. Among those that nominated her was Ph.D. candidate, Ana Roeschley who wrote, "Her enthusiasm for information science is evident in her lectures, class discussion, and her research. Dr. Kim’s care and compassion for her students is evident in everything she does.”
In addition to her teaching and research, Kim has served as co-faculty advisor for the UNT ASIS&T Student Chapter. Under this mentorship, the UNT Chapter received the Best Student Chapter of the Year award in both 2018 and 2019.
“Dr. Kim is one of the mentors for our ASIS&T student chapter and she always makes sure we have the help and support we need for our events,” wrote Malak Khader, Ph.D. student and UNT ASIS&T president, in her nomination letter.
When asked about what motivates her to go above and beyond for her students, Dr. Kim says she sums it up in one word: Curiosity. "Curiosity has been the driver of my teaching and research because it is what makes me want to learn constantly. In addition, I teach to help those who want to explore and pursue their curiosity. It is exciting because being a teacher means that learning never stops. Therefore, I will always be a lifelong learner who sees through the eyes of curiosity."
Dr. Kim will receive her award at the 2020 ASIS&T annual meeting which will be held virtually from October 25-29, 2020.