Undergraduate Faculty Listing

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HYUN-SOOK KIM
Mathematics
Adjunct Associate Professor
Korea
Prof. Kim lives in Seoul and is an adjunct associate professor with UMUC Asia. She received her B.Sc. and M.Sc., both in applied mathematics, from Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, Canada. Earlier she studied mathematics at Santa Rosa Junior College in Santa Rosa, California. A paper based on her M.Sc. thesis was published in the journal Mathematical Bioscience. Before joining Maryland Ms. Kim taught at Simon Fraser University. She also taught at Ajou University in Suwon, Korea. Earlier she had several years of employment experience in the accounting field in Vancouver, British Columbia. Since joining the Asian Division faculty in 1986, Ms. Kim has taught at more than 20 installations throughout South Korea as well as in the Online Learning Program.
PONG-SU KIM
Korean Language
Adjunct Associate Professor
Korea
Professor Kim received his B.S. in English from Tanguk University and his M.A. in English Language and Literature from Yeungnam University. He has taught English at Keimyung University and Yeungname University. He joined UMUC in 1985 and has taught the Korean language, culture and history in the Taegu area. His hobbies include reading, writing essays, traveling and hiking in the mountains.
YOUNG TAE KIM
Mathematics
Adjunct Professor
Prof. Kim holds a PhD and a MS from the University of New Mexico and a BS from So-Gang University.
BETHANY KIRK
Writing
Adjunct Instructor
Okinawa

Prof. Kirk holds a MA from Clemson University and a BA from Washington & Jefferson College. She teaches undergraduate writing, speech and communication courses. Prof. Kirk joined UMUC in 2017.

YOKO KMETZ
Japanese Language
Adjunct Instructor
Japan
Prof. Kmetz has been teaching Japanese language for UMUC at Misawa since 1980. In addition to her experience with UMUC, Ms. Kmetz has taught at Misawa American High School and at the Sollars Elementary School on Misawa Air Base, and has carried out a number of language programs for various military commands. She collaborated on a book entitled Exploring Tohoku and has translated several works into Japanese and English for the city of Misawa. She holds her bachelor's degree from Meiji Gakuin University in Tokyo.
MICHIKO KUMADA
Japanese Language
Adjunct Instructor
Japan
Prof. Kumada earned a B.A. in Fine Arts from Tokyo Kasei University and a M.S. in Education from the University of New England, Maine. She holds middle-and secondary-level teaching certificates in fine arts and in Japanese language from Tokyo Kasei and Nihon University. She also holds professional-level cultural certificates in the Japanese Koto (traditional musical instrument) and in Japanese Ikebana (flower arranging). Ms. Kumada has taught at Tokyo Kasei University and the Texas Military Institute, and in the DoDD schools. She joined UMUC Asia in 2004 and has been teaching at Yokosuka.
Austin Lamb
AUSTIN LAMB
Accounting, Finance, Marketing
Adjunct Instructor
Japan

Austin R. Lamb currently serves as a Financial Management Analyst for Marine Corps Community Services (MCCS) in Iwakuni, Japan.  His duties involve the monitoring of funds, the analyzing of financial operations, and the financial reporting for a $43 million MCCS organization. Prior to this, he served as a Principal Examiner for the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA), where he was responsible for the regulatory oversight of 16 credit unions totaling $6.3 billion dollars in assets. 

Before his civilian career, Austin served in the United States Army with the 173rd Airborne Infantry Brigade, stationed in Vicenza, Italy. His time in the military included two deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan as a paratrooper.  He continued his military pride by serving two terms as a membership-appointed Treasurer at a local Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) post.

Austin has earned his Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in 2010 from Eastern Michigan University. He graduated with honors and through the Eastern Michigan University Honors College.  Austin then earned his Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Walsh College in 2014, and then earned his Master of Science in Finance (MSF) from Walsh College in 2016.

GARY LAUGEL
Psychology, Biology
Collegiate Professor
Traveling

Dr. Laugel received his B.A. in psychology from Kent State University and his M.S. and Ph.D. in experimental psychology from Washington State University. Dr. Laugel has taught at Washington State University and the University of Idaho. He is also a member of the American Psychological Association. His academic background includes biological psychology and the evolutionary basis of behavior, along with social psychology, experimental methodology, and statistics. He has been with the University of Maryland for over two decades and has taught at a variety of locations in Japan and Korea, both face-to-face and extensively online. He has also taught in an English-teaching exchange program at Northwest Polytechnical University in Xi'an, China. For years, he served as an Academic Coordinator for Social Science and Psychology while that position existed in UMUC Asia. In 2017, Dr. Laugel received the Stanley J. Drazek Teaching Excellence Award.

RITA LAURIA
Business Management, Communication, Writing
Collegiate Professor
Traveling

Dr. Rita Lauria holds a J.D. in law, a Ph.D. in Mass Communication, and a M.A. in Journalism from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. She received her B.A. in Anthropology with an emphasis in Communications and Social Science from the University of Southern California. In the capacity as faculty or administrator, she has served several universities, including the University of Southern California, La Verne University College of Law, Loyola Marymount University, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, the University of North Carolina Wilmington, and North Carolina State University. Additionally, Dr. Lauria has worked in cooperation with several institutions, including Oxford University, Banff New Media Institute, the University of Southern California, the University of Guam, and the College of Micronesia to expand the field of communications and new media. As Research Associate with the Media Interface and Network Design (M.I.N.D.) Labs, an international consortium of networked researchers who probe the development, design, and effects of advanced new media technologies, Dr. Lauria works to build a conceptual framework for the understanding of Virtuality.

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