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Hyung Joon Yoon

Dr. Hyung Joon Yoon

Associate Professor of Education (WFED)

Phone: 814-865-1876

310A Keller Building
University Park, PA 16802


  • Learning and Performance Systems


Hyung Joon Yoon, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Workforce Education and Development in the Department (WFED) in the Department of Learning and Performance Systems at the Pennsylvania State University. Prior to joining Penn State, he was an Assistant Professor of Human Resource Development (HRD) and Program Coordinator of the HRD Program at Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco, as well as Assistant Professor of Human and Organizational Learning at the George Washington University

Dr. Yoon has experience in leadership development, career development, organization development, needs assessment, and evaluation of HRD/OD interventions. He worked for organizations, such as LG Display, Korea Leadership Center, the Korean Army, Penn State Management Development Programs and Services, and Penn State Career Services. While he held these positions, he served as an HRD practitioner, a career coach, and/or an OD consultant. He also facilitated Franklin Covey’s time management program, named “Focus,” in South Korea, China, Japan, and the U.S., achieving the Individual Greatness Award from Franklin Covey for the program’s measurable effectiveness.

Dr. Yoon’s scholarly work is focused on empowering individuals and organizations with human agency and hope. He developed the Human Agency-Based Individual Transformation (HABIT) model (Yoon, 2019) and an associated assessment tool, the Assessment of Human Agency (AHA; Yoon, 2011). He co-developed Hope-Action Theory and the Hope-Action Inventory (HAI). They are used in different countries as a framework and a tool to help individuals live fulfilling lives. The HAI has been translated into German, Korean, Hebrew, Greek, Turkish, Brazilian Portuguese, and Italian. 

Dr. Yoon was awarded an NCDA Fellow status for contributing to the career development field through research, leadership, teaching, service, and policy development efforts by the National Career Development Association (NCDA). He served as an Associate Editor of Human Resource Development Review, a leading theory-building journal in the field of HRD (2020-2023; 2022 Impact Factor: 6.4). 

Dr. Yoon earned his Ph.D. in Workforce Education and Development from the Pennsylvania State University. He is certified as a Lifelong Educator (2nd Grade in South Korea), Certified Career Services Provider (CCSP), Career Development Facilitator Instructor, Career Development Facilitator Master Trainer, and Six Sigma Green Belt. He held the Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF) and the Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certifications for over 10 years. He served as a board member (Trust-at-Large) for the NCDA (2013-2016; 2016-2019). 

Areas of Expertise

Age Levels

Older Adult/Aging

Curriculum Areas

Workforce Ed

Individual Difference

Learning Processes

Methodological Research

Qualitative Research
Quantitative Research

Human Resources and Work

Career Development
Human Resources Management
Organization Development
Workplace Training

Organizational Management

Management & Leadership
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