S "Pil"  Kang

Associate Professor

Associate Program Director

Organization, Information and Learning Sciences

Contact Information

  • Zimmerman Library 240
  • (505) 277-0164


Sung ‘Pil’ Kang earned his PhD degree in instructional systems technology (IST) with a minor in Management from Kelley School of Business from Indiana University at Bloomington. He had the privilege of working with global companies, Fortune 500 organizations, higher education institutes, and inter-governmental organizations including Bank of America, McDonalds, and Merrill Lynch. As an instructional designer and performance consultant, he has analyzed clients’ needs and designed and developed various solutions including instructional and non-instructional interventions. Through his work experiences, he successfully applied theoretical knowledge of ID and HPT for various learners.

His academic interests include change management in higher education, organizational citizenship behavior (OCB) in higher education, the foundations of human performance technology (HPT), social capital in engineering education, and instructional design.

He is currently served as President of Korean Association of Human Resource Development in America (KAHRDA) and Associate Editor of Journal of Computing in Higher Education (5yr SSCI Impact Factor:3.581).

Selected Publications

  • Han, S. H., Oh, E. J., & Kang, S. P. (2022). Social capital leveraging knowledge-sharing ties and learning performance in higher education: evidence from social network analysis in an engineering classroom. AERA Open Journal. (SSCI Impact Factor: 2.499)
  • Svihla, V., Chen, Y., & Kang, S. P. (2022). A funds of knowledge approach to developing design problem framing skills. Journal of Engineering Education, 111(2) 308-337. dx.doi.org/10.1002/jee.20445 (SSCI/SCI impact factor: 3.146)
  • Han, S., Oh, E., Kang, S. P., Lee, S., & Park, S. H. (2022). The mediating role of informal learning on job performance:  The work-learning dual system in South Korea, Journal of Workplace Learning, Advance online publication, doi.org/10.1108/JWL-07-2021-0101 (Scopus Cite Score: 1.55)
  • Chen, Y., Kang, S. P., James, J., Chi, E., Gomez, J., Han, S., Datye, A., & Svihla, V. (2021). Leveraging students’ funds of knowledge in chemical engineering design challenges supports persistence intentions. Journal of Chemical Education,  doi.org/10.1021/acs.jchemed.1c00479 (SCI impact factor: 2.979)
  • . Byun, J., Kang, S. P., Law, V., Jeon, S., & Seo, Y (2020). Citizenship behavior and learner engagement in collaborative learning: Exploring dual mediation with emergent leadership and group cohesion. International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 32(3) 402-417. (Acceptance rate: 11%).
  • Kang, S. P., Byun, J., Seo, Y., Law, V., & Ferris, K. (2020). Validating organizational citizenship behavior measure in the collaborative learning environment. Knowledge Management and Elearning: An International Journal, 12(3), 280-297. (Scopus Cite Score:0.97)
  • Kang, S. P., Chen, Y., Svihla, V., Gallup, A., Ferris, K., & Datye, A. (2020). Guiding change in higher education: An emergent, iterative application of Kotter’s Change Model.  Studies in Higher Education. Advance online publication. doi:10.1080/03075079.2020.1741540 (SSCI impact factor: 2.854)
  • Han, S.-H., Oh, E. G., & Kang, S. P. (2020). The link between transformational leadership and work-related performance: Moderated-mediating roles of meaningfulness and job characteristics. Leadership and Organization Development Journal.41(4), 519-533. doi:10.1108/LODJ-04-2019-0181 (SSCI impact factor: 1.462)

Selected Grant

  • Co-principal Investigator, NSF (FY17-21, $1,999,957, EEC #1623105). IUSE/PFE:RED:FACETS: Formation of accomplished chemical engineers for transforming society. With PI Datye, SOE & Co-PIs Chi & Han, SOE, & Svihla, OILS

Selected Instructional Design and Performance Projects

  • McDonalds: McDonald's Restaurant Department Management (RDM) global curriculum and courses for restaurant managers in top 20 countries
  • Duke University Medical School: Duke Mobile Project- Design and development of mobile learning courses for physicians and healthcare professionals
  • Merrill Lynch: Curriculum and course development for 60-hour new investment system training curriculum for all Merrill Lynch financial advisors and support staff
  • Bank of America: Seller New Hire Curriculum Development – Design and development of training curriculum courses for new hire sellers