Faculty Profile

Headshot of Namsook Kim.

Namsook Kim

Clinical Assistant Professor
Educational Leadership and Policy
Email nkim3@buffalo.edu


  • PhD, Foreign and Second Language Education, University at Buffalo, 2011

Professional experience:

  • Clinical Assistant Professor, Higher Education, University at Buffalo

What mentoring means to me:

Mentoring is part of our human experience. Good mentoring is a key part of every successful student's graduate school experience. It should be part of every student's graduate school career. In reality, not all students with amazing ability and potential experience good mentoring and many may feel that they have to navigate the new system alone. It is my sincere hope that I will be able to support the overall well-being and success of our students, in particular, those with minoritized backgrounds.

Topics I am willing to discuss with students:

Minority Experiences

  • Being a woman and related discrimination.
  • Racial, ethnic, cultural and/or religious minority status and related discrimination.

Personal Circumstances

  • Non-U.S. citizen or immigrant experiences.

Namsook adds: I am a non-US citizen and a Korean American.

Academic Culture

  • Dealing with politics and conflict with faculty or peers.
  • Decoding and demystifying academic culture and norms.
  • Uncertainty about staying in grad school.

Namsook adds: I presented and teach about the role of different international classroom cultures.

Other Topics

  • I believe mentoring will evolve organically as genuine, supporting conversations evolve and trusting relationships are being built. I am open to discuss any other topics as they emerge through our life experiences.