Dr. Soo-yong Byun
TitleAssociate Professor of Education (Educational Theory & Policy)
DepartmentEducation Policy Studies
CentersCenter on Rural Education and Communities (CREC)
Center for Evaluation and Education Policy Analysis (CEEPA)
ProgramsEducational Theory and Policy
Comparative and International Education
Other Penn State AffiliationsPopulation Research Institute
Dr. Byun is an associate professor (with tenure) of Educational Theory and Policy program in the Department of Education Policy Studies (EPS) in the College of Education with a joint appointment with the Social Science Research Institute (SSRI) as a co-funded faculty at the Pennsylvania State University. He is also a core faculty member of Penn State's Comparative and International Education Program. He is affiliated with the Center on Rural Education and Communities as a research associate, with the Center for Evaluation and Educational Policy Analysis as a senior researcher, and with the Population Research Institute as a research affiliate at Penn State. In addition, He is currently serving as the organizer for the Sociology of Education Working Group at Penn State.
Areas of Expertise
EDTHP/CI ED 401, Introduction to Comparative Education
EDTHP / SOC 416, Sociology of Education
EDTHP/CI ED 597, Research in Comparative Education
EDTHP 597, Advanced Topics: Educational Policy Analysis
Education HistoryPh.D., Educational Policy and Administration (Concentration in Comparative and International Development Education), University of Minnesota at Twin Cites, Aug. 2007
Byun, S., & Park, H. (2012). The academic success of East Asian American youth: The role of shadow education. Sociology of Education, 85(1), 40-60. (equal contribution)
Byun, S., Meece, J. L., & Irvin, M. J. (2012). Rural-nonrural disparities in postsecondary educational attainment revisited. American Educational Research Journal, 49(3), 412-437.
Irvin, M. J., Byun, S., Meece, J. L., Farmer, T. W., & Hutchins, B. C. (2012). Educational barriers of rural youth: Relation of individual and contextual difference variables. Journal of Career Assessment, 20(1), 71-87.
- Building a Big Data Analytics Workforce in iSchools, Co-Investigator, National Science Foundation ($537,619), 09/01/2015-08/31/2018. PI: J. Ryoo.
- Educational Institutions and Inequality in Math and Science Achievement in Comparative International Perspective, Co-Investigator, National Science Foundation ($130,670), 07/01/2014-06/30/2015. PI: K. Bodovski.
- Training Interdisciplinary Educational Scientists (TIES) Program, Co-Investigator, U.S. Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences ($1,099,048), 08/01/2013-07/31/2015. PI: K. Bierman.
- Networks of Teachers Affect Children in Transition, Principal Investigator, William T. Grant Foundation ($220,868; Subcontract to Penn State: $66,182), 08/01/2012-07/31/2015. PI: J. Hamm.
- Supporting Early Adolescent Learning and Social Success - Project SEALS, Co-Investigator, U.S. Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences ($397,981), 09/01/2011-08/31/2015. PI: T. Farmer.
- The Role of Curricular and Extracurricular Experiences in the Educational Attainment of Rural Youth, Co-Investigator, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Small Grant Program (R03) ($74,000), 09/01/2010-08/31/2011. PI: M. Irvin.
- Rural High School Students’ Aspirations, Postdoctoral Fellow, U.S. Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences ($3,200,000), 2007-2011. PI: J. Meece.
- Educational Systems Characteristics and Socio-Economic and Gender Disparities in Math and Science Achievement, Co-Investigator, Penn State College of Education Research Initiation Grant ($26,806), 01/01/2016-12/31/2016. PI: K. Bodovski.
- Educational Systems Characteristics and Socio-Economic and Gender Disparities in Math and Science Achievement, Co-Investigator, Penn State Social Science Research Institute ($20,000), 09/01/2015-08/31/2016. PI: K. Bodovski.
- Literacy Through Photography: Examining a Multimodal Approach to Literacy Enhancement and School Attachment within a Disadvantaged Rural Setting, Co-Investigator, Penn State Social Science Research Institute ($20,000), 09/01/2013-08/31/2014. PI: K. Powell.
- Literacy Through Photography: Examining a Multimodal Approach to Literacy Enhancement and School Attachment within a Disadvantaged Rural Setting, Co-Investigator, Penn State College of Education Research Initiation Grant ($9,000), 09/01/2013-08/31/2014. PI: K. Powell.
- College Success for Rural Youth, Principal Investigator, Penn State Population Research Institute ($6,872), 12/01/2012-06/30/2013.