Our faculty consists of experienced professors, multinational experts, and global leaders in the field of global leaders in the field of global development, sustainable environment, education, and global business. They have all made a full commitment to enforce global citizenship through holistic education
Professor Purnell graduated from Princeton University (B.A., English Literature) and Harvard Law School. He also has a master’s degree in international management from the American Graduate School of International Management.
Upon graduation from college, Professor Purnell served in Korea for two years as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer under a program initiated by President Kennedy.
After obtaining his master’s degree, Professor Purnell joined the New York City office of a large international commercial bank. The bank assigned him to its Seoul branch, where he worked for four years as a credit analyst and lending officer. During this time, he gained first-hand experience with Korea’s rapid industrial growth. After working with lawyers for many years as a banker, Professor Purnell left the banking business to attend law school. Following law school, Professor Purnell practiced with Jones Day, an international law firm, for 20 years. He was a partner from January 2000 until December 2010, when he joined the Handong International Law School (“HILS”) faculty.
As an attorney, Professor Purnell concentrated on U.S. federal income tax issues, with a focus on helping large corporations in bankruptcy. He is a co-author of the Bureau of National Affairs Tax Management Portfolio Corporate Bankruptcy.
At HILS, Professor Purnell teaches courses on Contracts, Commercial Transactions, Income Taxation and Bankruptcy.
Dr. Eunsill RHEE, who is a professor of Handong Global University at Graduate School of Education, obtained a Ed. D. degree from Harvard University (Human Development and Psychology) and a M. A. degree from University of Chicago (Educational Measurement, Evaluation, & Statistical Analysis). She is currently in charge of the Creative Convergence Education School TEP (Teacher Education Program) and also serves as director of Handong Institute of Scholarship and Education. TEP is a teacher education program for Christian alternative schools as well as missionary schools. ACSI (Association of Christian Schools International) teaching certificates are provided for students who successfully complete TEP.
Before moving to Handong in 2008, Dr. Rhee had conducted research on effective teaching and learning methods and served as vice director of the Center for innovative teaching and learning at POSTECH for 7 years. POSTECH is one of the premier science and engineering universities in Korea, and she was instrumental in applying high technology to the education of science and engineering students at POSTECH. Since arriving at Handong, she has been active in such areas as student & faculty development in higher education, Christian teacher education, Teaching and learning process, curriculum design and assessment, and teacher education.
Dr. Seo Ducksu is an assistant professor in Handong Global University as an urbanist who is leading creative urban projects and studies around the world. He was educated at Handong Global University for an architecture bachelor degree (2002) and at Harvard University for an urban design master degree (2010). Then he received a PH.D. in urban planning from Seoul National University (2018). He has experienced professional design and planning projects in renowned institutes of multiple countries, such as KRIHS and AURI in Korea (2005-2008), SEAR Architects in the US (2011-2012), and NIBC and ADU in Vietnam (2012-2019). Partnering with NIBC Global Institute and ISCM (Institute of Smart City and Management), he is enthusiastically involved in innovative urban planning projects and regional studies based on the sustainable city paradigm around emerging world cities.
Dr. Shinhoo Kang received his Ph.D. from MIT in 1983. He worked at GTE Laboratories (currently Central Lab of Verizon) in Waltham, Massachusetts, USA from 1983 to 1992. Now Dr. Kang is Professor Emeritus after his service at the Department of Materials Science & Engineering, Seoul National University, Korea from 1993 to 2018. Dr. Kang has registered >40 domestic & international patents and published >140 SCI Journal papers in the fields of nano materials for lighting, phosphors for display, energy storage materials, hard materials for precision machining and materials for super–high-temperature applications.
Youngsup Kim received a B.S. in Computer and Electrical Engineering from Yonsei University in Korea, M.S. in Computer and Electrical Engineering from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, Ph.D. in Computer and Electrical Engineering from the University of Alabama at Huntsville, and M.A. in Religion from the Heritage Bible College in U.S.
Before joining Handong Global University (HGU) as one of its founding faculty members, Dr. Kim worked for eleven years at the Intergraph Corporation in the U.S. as a Product Manager and Technical Manager. At Intergraph, he developed GIS software and specialized in imaging and photogrammetry products. He is an expert in progamming, deep learning, and machine learning. He joined Handong Global University (HGU) in 1995 as a Professor in the School of Computer Science and Electronics Engineering. Over the course of sixteen years, he served as the Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dean of Academic Affairs, Dean of the Computing and Information Center, and Head Chaplain. During his time at Handong, he also served as a government adviser for the National GIS Project, Incheon Airport GIS Project and as a consultant for several city-governments including Ulsan, Pusan, Kyungsan, and Pohang. He was a policy advisory board member for the South Korean Ministry of Education. He is also the Secretary-General of the ACE Consortium (ACEC) and the South Korean delegate for the International Standard Organization (ISO) TC-211. He previously served as the initiator and the Director of the UNESCO-UNITWIN OCW/OER Initiative (UUOOI) and a board member of OCWC (now Open Education) to represent Asian Countries.
In 1973, Professor Lim graduated from the College of Engineering, Seoul National University with Honor in Automotive Engineering and received Rotary Internal Foundation Scholarship for Graduate Study in 1977. After receiving his PhD in Mechanical Engineering, at the University of Texas at Austin, in 1982, he worked at the School of Mechanical Engineering, Sungkyunkwan University for 32 years until he retired in 2014. During the period, he served as the Dean of the School for 2 terms and the Dean of the General Affairs of the University. He also served as the Editor in Chief of the Journal of the Korean Society of Automotive Engineers and as the Vice President of the Society. The area of his research interest covers Fatigue/Fracture of the metallic materials, and he has authored/co-authored some 300 technical publications. He also worked as the Research Associate at the California Institute of Technology(Caltech), and as the visiting professor at OSU and UIUC.
Since his retirement in 2014, he worked for the Addis Ababa Institute of Technology(AAiT), Ethiopia, for 5 years until July, 2019, as the Director of Research and the Dean of the School of Multidisciplinary Engineering. While working at AAiT, he established the Center for Materials Engineering, and secured financial support of 6 million USD from World Bank to establish the African Center of Excellence in railway engineering as the first Center Leader.
Dr. Sangdal Shim has led a dynamic career path as an Economic professor, researcher and social activist. The spirit of bridging ‘empathy’ has helped him to collaborate with various individuals and stakeholders in creating forums, social ventures and networks which helped pioneer social entrepreneurism in Korea.
Dr. Shim first set foot in social entrepreneurship by establishing ‘Bridge of Love’ a charity shop movement in 2002. He was moved by a meeting with a Swiss social entrepreneur who had empathy over North Koreans suffering from the severe cold and envisioned sending relief of thousands of quilts. This led him to establish Onnuri Empathy Shop in 2005 and has been the CEO since then, which donates the profits to such changemakers of society.
Dr. Shim is also Chairman of Social Enterprise Network (SEN), a chartered NGO which he cofounded in 2011. SEN’s mission is to promote and spread social entrepreneurship amongst Korean undergraduate students, by organizing global social venture competitions annually and supporting SEN student clubs.
Dr. Shim has worked at Korea’s leading economic think tank Korea Development Institute (KDI), for over 25 years, serving as Head of the Macroeconomics Team and Director of Public Investment Management Center. He also held positions in the Korean Government as Senior Advisor for the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance and Economy.
After receiving his PhD, he was an assistant professor at City University of New York Hunter College, and afterwards lectured at various academic institutions including KDI School of Public Policy and Management, Ewha Woman’s University and Yonsei University and etc.
Dr. Shim received his PhD in Macro Economics at the University of Minnesota in 1984, and BA in Economics from Seoul National University in 1972.