AMES, Iowa — The Iowa State University College of Design has appointed Sunghyun Kang to serve as its interim associate dean for academic programs.

Kang, a professor of graphic design, will oversee the college’s undergraduate and graduate academic programs, including international programs, interdisciplinary programs and the first-year Core Design Program.

She will also provide oversight for the Office of Student Services and Programs, including student recruitment and retention activities, career services and learning communities; and coordinate course scheduling, option studios and summer session.

Kang will begin her one-year appointment July 1, when Associate Professor Cameron Campbell, who has served as the associate dean for academic programs since January 2016, will become the senior associate dean of the College of Design.

“Sung’s extensive experience with evaluating and establishing curricula in the College of Design and Department of Graphic Design, as well as at the university level as a member of the Faculty Senate Curriculum Committee, provides a solid foundation from which to create even greater academic opportunities for our students,” said College of Design Dean Luis Rico-Gutierrez.

Kang joined the ISU graphic design faculty as an assistant professor in 2000. She was promoted to associate professor with tenure in 2006 and to professor in 2013. She served as graphic design area co-director from 2006 to 2010 and as the director of graduate education in the graphic design program from 2010 to 2014.

Kang teaches sophomore, junior and senior graphic design studios, human interaction design focused on usability, advanced typography, packaging and web design for e-commerce. She is a gerontology program faculty associate and a member of the Faculty Senate Curriculum Committee, Center for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities Advisory Committee, Human Computer Interaction Supervisory Committee and College of Design Faculty Development Council. She chairs the college’s Academic Affairs Council.

Kang has an extensive research and publication background in the areas of visual communication, web design and usability, experience design, graphic design and human computer interaction, visual information evaluation, and design for diverse users. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in applied arts from Ewha Womans University, South Korea, in 1980, a Master of Fine Arts in graphic communication from the University of Houston in 1986 and a Master of Arts in graphic design from Iowa State in 2000. She taught graphic design in South Korea for nine years prior to completing her MA.


Luis Rico-Gutierrez, Design Administration, (515) 294-7427, lrico@iastate.edu
Sunghyun Kang, Graphic Design, (515) 294-1669, shrkang@iastate.edu
Heather Sauer, Design Communications, (515) 294-9289, hsauer@iastate.edu