Cathy Kim

Associate Professor of Education

Office Location: Hauge Administration Building - 121

Status:On Sabbatical

  • Professional
  • Biography


  • Ph.D., Curriculum & Instruction: Technology Integration & Learning Sciences , University of Washington, 2017
  • M.A.T., University of Puget Sound, 1996
  • B.S., Western Washington University, 1995
  • Washington State Continuing Teaching Certification, since 1996
  • National Board Certification, since 2002
  • Elluminate (Blackboard) Teacher Certification, 2009
  • Certificate in Mixed Methods Education Sciences, 2017

Areas of Emphasis or Expertise

  • Innovation and Technology in Education
  • Instructional Design, Learning Environments
  • Organizational Change
  • Content Integration
  • Science and Engineering Practices
  • Programs: FYEP, BAE, MAE, ARC


Dr. Kim has been involved with the work of teacher preparation at PLU since 2005 – teaching, mentoring, and designing programs and certificates. She joined as full-time faculty in 2018 and teaches math, science, technology integration, educational psychology, and multicultural education courses. Publications include a chapter for an American Educational Research Association (AERA) special interest group on Community Engaged Learning (CEL) and the application of ideation to deepening teacher technology integration in the Journal of Higher Education Theory and Practice.

She works with universities across the state in NextGen-WA [NSF grant, Next Generation of STEM Teacher Preparation (NGSTP) in Washington State] to improve STEM teacher preparation and increase recruitment and retention of quality diverse teacher candidates, and she is the PLU Implementation Team Lead.

As a National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT) since 2002, she combines 31 years of teaching and leading in Washington State with years of designing and facilitating university and K-12 traditional and hybrid professional development programs. She has been a peer-mentor, instructional coach, and teacher for grades K-10 all core content areas in varied settings (in-person classroom, online, homeschooling, and informal). Additionally, as an instructional designer, she engaged as part of a faculty technology task force and advised 12+ university degree and certification programs. Her expertise lies in understanding educational systems and teacher development across all stages of the career-long teacher professional growth continuum, and she is passionate about technology integration for what she calls ‘in-process’ learning and elevating student agency and sense-making across content areas.

If you need to meet with me, please schedule an appointment through email. There is a physical calendar of my available hours on the door of my office!