Dr. Min-Sun Kim, Professor of Communicology, was the recipient of the University of Hawai‘i College of Arts and Humanities’ Excellence in Scholarship Award for 2011-2012. The award recognizes a faculty member in the Arts and Humanities who has made an outstanding contribution to research in his or her respective discipline. Dr. Kim’s research in intercultural communication has been widely recognized in the human communication field. She focuses much of her attention on challenging the Western-centered biases on which most theories of human communication are founded.
Dr. Kim began teaching and researching in the Communicology (formerly Speech) Department in 1991. Her publications during her time at the University of Hawai‘i include four books, over 50 peer-reviewed journal articles, and numerous book chapters and conference papers. Her book, Non-Western Perspectives on Human Communication: Implications and Practice, has been used as a seminal text in intercultural communication courses across the country. She has also been the keynote or plenary speaker at a number of conventions throughout the world. Dr. Kim’s research, in concert with other faculty members in the Department, has augmented the reputation of the Communicology’s M.A. program in becoming recognized as one of the top graduates programs in intercultural communication by the National Communication Association and the Communication Institute for Online Scholarship. The contributions Dr. Kim makes toward advancing scholarship on intercultural communication and, more recently, humanoid robotic communication makes her an exceptional candidate for the College of Art and Humanities’ prestigious Excellence in Scholarship Award.