Associate Professor of Educational Psychology
Sungok Serena Shim, PhD is an associate professor of educational psychology at Ball State University. She earned her PhD in educational psychology, with a concentration in child development from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL. Before she came to the U.S.A., she taught grades 2-6 for 10 years in South Korea. Her research focuses on individual and contextual factors promoting motivation, performance, and psychological well-being. A line of her research program examines how early adolescents' academic and social achievement goals affect their engagement and adjustment at school. Topics such as perfectionism, classroom goal structures, collective peer culture, and academic help-seeking behavior have been interest in her works. Another line of research investigates how teachers' motivational beliefs (i.e. teachers' achievement goal orientation for teaching, implicit theories of intelligence, and teaching self-efficacy) affect teachers' instructional practices. Currently, she is engaged in a large research project, in collaboration with Dalian Medical University, China, examining motivation and psychological well-being among Chinese medical students, who work under pressure and competition. Serena has published in outlets, such as Journal of Educational Psychology, Learning and Instruction, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, and Developmental Psychology. She is a member of the Ball State University Internal Review Board and serves as an evaluator for A-OK Youth Program sponsored by a grant from the Indiana Department of Education.