ParkSunyoung Park, PhD

Title: Assistant Professor

Bachelor’s Degree: Educational Technology, Ewha Womans University, 1995

Master’s Degree: Education Technology, Ewha Womans University, 2000

PhD: Human Resource Development, University of Minnesota, 2011

Phone: (225)578-7844


Office: 291 Coates




Dr. Park received her PhD from the University of Minnesota in Human Resource Development (HRD). Her research interests concern organizational culture and behavior, learning and performance in the workplace, and research trends in HRD and related fields. Her teaching focuses on the fields of instructional design, performance analysis, training and development, and research methods.

Prior to her appointment at Louisiana State University, Dr. Park served as a post-doctoral research fellow at Indiana University, Bloomington. She has received several research awards including a 2011 Outstanding Paper Award from Leadership and Organization Development Journal and Cutting Edge Awards at the 2011 and 2014 AHRD International Research Conference in the Americas.

Originally from Korea, Dr. Park has spent the last 10 years working with clients in government, non-profit organizations, schools, and companies. As a project manager and team leader, Dr. Park has extensive experience in planning, designing, and implementing diverse educational programs in both face-to-face and online environments.


Selected Publications

Park, S., Song, J. H., Kim, J. H., & Lim, D. H. (2015). What makes an organization a great place to work in South Korea? Performance Improvement Quarterly, 39(1), 79-99. doi:10.5328/cter39.1.79

Song, J. H., Kim, H. K., Park, S., & Bae, S. H. (2014). Developing knowledge-creating technical education institutions through the voice of teachers: Content analysis approach. Career and Technical Education Research, 39(1), 79-99. doi:10.5328/cter39.1.79

Hagen, M., &, Park, S. (2013). Ambiguity acceptance as a function of project management leadership:  A new critical success factor. Project Management Journal, 44, 52–66. doi: 10.1002/pmj.21329 (SSCI)

Joo, B., Park, S., & Oh, J. R. (2013). The effects of learning goal orientation, developmental needs awareness, and self-directed learning on career satisfaction in the Korean public sector. Human Resource Development International, 16(3), 313-329. doi: 10.1080/13678868.2013.782993

Park, S., Cho, Y., Yoon, S. W., & Han, H. (2013). Comparing team learning approaches through the lens of Activity Theory. European Journal of Training and Development, 37(9), 788–810. doi: 10.1108/EJTD-04-2013-0048

Selected Presentations

Joo, Y., Park, S., & Ham, Y. (2015). Structural relationships among achievement goals, social presence, and learning approaches of cyber university students in mobile learning based on e-learning service. American Educational Research Association (AERA) 2015 Annual Meeting. Chicago, IL.

Park, S. (2015). Why little research has been conducted in instructional design in HRD: Voice from Korea. Academy of Human Resource Development Conference Proceedings. St. Louis, MO.

Park, S., Chaudhuri, S., Hewapathirana, G. I., Johnson , K. R., & Bowen, M. M. (2015). An analysis of awarded journal articles from the Academy of Human Resource Development. Academy of Human Resource Development Conference Proceedings. St. Louis, MO.

Park, S., Jung, E., & Kim, M. (2014). Creating supportive learning environments for an intensive graduate online course: A case study. Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) International Convention Proceedings. Jacksonville, FL.

Park, S., & McLean, G. N. (2014). The impact of organizational learning culture, goal orientation, managerial effectiveness, and psychological empowerment on employees’ workplace learning. Academy of Human Resource Development Conference Proceedings. Huston, TX.

Grants/Funded Projects

Academic Partnerships Faculty Research Grant (2014)

Professional/Community Service

Academy of Human Resource Development Conference (International, Global and Cross-Cultural Track Chair)

Association for Talent Development (Coordinator for the Korean Delegation)

Human Resource Development Quarterly (Journal Article Reviewer) Journal of Agricultural Education and Human Resource Development, Korea (Board Member)

Future Problem Solving Program International (Translator)


Curriculum Vitae