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Keun K. Kim, Ph.D.

Keun Kim

Professor, Department of Education
Campus Address: EH#243
Email: keunkim [at] desu.edu

Phone: 302.857.6744


  • Ph.D., Early Childhood Education, University of Georgia
  • M.A., Early Childhood Education, Chung-Ang University
  • B.A. in Early Childhood Education, Kyung-Nam University


Dr. Keun K. Kim is a professor of early childhood education program, department of education at Delaware State University. He earned a doctoral degree (Ph. D, 2008), early childhood education at the University of Georgia. He has had various opportunities to teach and observe culturally and linguistically diverse student populations including Korean children at several preschools in Korea, ethnically diverse children at university lab-school in Georgia and Delaware, and undergraduate and graduate students in Georgia and Delaware State.

Dr. Kim has published three books and more than 20 peer-reviewed journal articles, and 120 professional presentations conferences based on various topics of early childhood education (e.g., father involvement, male teachers, sports daddy, children’s self-competence, Marital satisfaction, ECE pre-service teacher, etc.).

Research Interests

Fathers’ Involvement, Parental Education, Childrens’ Social Competence, Man in ECE, Early Childhood Pre-service, Teacher, Home-School Partnerships.

Consultation Expertise

I have actively participated in various conferences with my colleagues, seminars and workshops to continue developing my research and teaching. For example, I have published eleven refereed or editorially reviewed papers with collaborators, all in very well-respected journals, as well as three books: 1) Introduction to Father Education, 2) Ten Habits of Successful Fathers: Chinese fathering practice today, and 3) Ten Habits of Successful Fathers (Korean edition). These activities present continuous development opportunities to stay up to date on issues in the ECE domain and to apply insights from my research to enrich my teaching skills in the classroom.

Selected Publications

  • Kim, K. K. & Sung, Y. (2022). An analysis on a model of the effect of marital satisfaction and conflict on children’s peer relationships and temperament. World Journal of Education 9(3) 49-58. 
  • Kim, K. K. (2017). Introduction to Father Education (Korean edition). Seoul, Korea: Sungkyunkwan University Press. 
  • Kim, K. K. (2017). Appreciating diversity and interculturalism in early childhood education in the US: Implication for Korean early childhood educators. The Journal of Korean Open Association for Early Childhood Education 10(22) 505-516. 
  • Kim, K. K. (2016). Association Between Young Children’s Temperament and Language Development: The Mediating Role of Peer Interactions. International Journal of Early Childhood Education.22(2) 43-58. 
  • Ra, J. M. & Kim, K. K. (2015). Validating Measures of Parenting Style and Dimension Questionnaire Using the Confirmatory Multitrait-Multimethod Approach. International Journal of Early Childhood Education. 21(1). 57-73. 
  • Kim, K. K. (2015). Ten Habits of Successful Fathers: Chinese fathering practice today (Chinese edition). Beijing, Shanghai, China: 21st Century Publishing House. 
  • Kim, K. K. (2014). How Korean International Students Manage Successful College Life in the US: Recommendations to Prospective Korean International Students. Journal of Global Teacher Education 14(2) 67-74. 
  • Kim, K. K. (2013). Ten Habits of Successful Fathers: Korean fathering practice today (Korean edition). Seoul, Korea: Book 21 Publisher. 
  • Kim, K. K., Lee, I. R., & Ra, J. M. (2013). Analysis of US children’s reading achievement using latent growth modeling. International Journal of Early Childhood Education. 19(1). 24-36 
  • Kim, C. B, Kim, K. K., & Lee, I. R. (2013). Early childhood teacher candidates’ pre-internship program in the United States: A focus on early field experience and practicums. Journal of Korean Association for Learner-centered Curriculum and Institution. 13(1) 38- 45. 
  • Chung, J. Y., Kim, K. K, & Yom, J. P. (2012). Assessment of fathers’ involvement on children’s social competence: Korean sports daddy project in the US. The International Journal of Sports Science and Physical Education (IJSSPE), 3(1) 45-51. 
  • Kim, K. K. & Chung, J. Y. (2011). The role of Korean fathers: A study of Korean fathering practices in the United States. The International Journal of Child Care and Education Policy (ICEP),5(2) 47-56. 
  • Kim, K. K. (2011). Korean Fathers Be Mufasa in Lion King. The Kyunghyang Shinmun (daily newspaper), Retrieved August 22, 2011, from the Kyunghyang Shinmun http://news.khan.co.kr/kh_news/khan_art_view.html?artid=201108222015325&… 0401, Seoul, Korea. 
  • Kim, K. K. (2024, in progress). Introduction to Father Education (English edition). Pearson Education: NJ. 
  • Kim, K. K. (2024, in progress). Military Fathers’ Involvement through Active Play on their Children’s Self-competence. International Journal of Early Childhood (IJEC).


  • A New Measurement Scale for Accreditation System of Early Childhood Centers. Granted by Mom25, $85,000, 2015-present


  • YMCA of Delaware


  • EDUC 206
  • EDUC 207
  • EDUC 338
  • EDUC 401