Hyung Joon Yoon, Ph.D.
Dr. Hyung Joon Yoon’s mission is to inspire and promote individuals and organizations to build and realize their dreams. He is currently Associate Professor and Professor-in-Charge of the Workforce Education and Development program at the Pennsylvania State University. Prior to joining Penn State, he worked for the George Washington University and Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco. He served on the board of directors of the National Career Development Association (NCDA) as Trustee-At-Large (2013-2016; 2016-2019). Due to his significant contribution to the career development profession, he was designated as an NCDA Fellow in 2020.
His scholarly work is focused on empowering people's lives with human agency and hope. He has developed and co-developed career development models and assessment tools through research, including Hope-Action Theory (HAT), Hope-Action Inventory (HAI), the Human Agency Based Individual Transformation (HABIT) model, and the Assessment of Human Agency (AHA). He is the main developer of the HAI online assessment system.
Dr. Yoon has over 20 years of training experience in the field of career development and leadership development at organizations including Samsung, LG, Korean Army, and Penn State Management Development Programs and Services. He regularly teaches career development courses for professionals in the United States, South Korea, and Morocco, and his university teaching covers topics related to providing training programs and assessments including training needs assessment, organizational diagnosis, technologies for work effectiveness, employee career development integration, career planning and life design, and many more.
Dr. Yoon earned his Ph.D. in Workforce Education and Development from the Pennsylvania State University. He is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resource (SPHR), Career Development Facilitator Instructor, and Facilitating Career Development Master Trainer. He is designated as an NCDA Fellow for his significant contribution to the career development field.