Hee Won Kang


Phone: 707-664-3111

Office: Stevenson Hall 3096-D

Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Hee-Won Kang

Professor, Department of Literacy, Elementary, and Early Education

Courses Taught


Dr. Kang has taught at Sonoma State University for over 15 years and in the CSU system for 20 years. She specializes in second language and literacy development, teaching coursework on curriculum and instruction for English learners. She has published articles and given numerous presentations and workshops on language, literacy, culture, and collaboration. She also has been involved in training English as a Foreign Language teachers from Korea.


  • PhD, University of California, Berkeley, 1991
  • MA, San Francisco State University, 1981
  • BA, Duk Sung Women’s College, Seoul, 1976

Research Interests

  • Second Language Literacy
  • Curriculum Development
  • Multicultural Education
  • Early Childhood Education

Academic & Professional Experience

Recent Scholarship and Publications

  • Kang, H. W., & Nickel, M. (in press). Many pieces of the puzzle: A collaborative process of becoming a teacher. Journal of Case Studies in Education.
  • Kang, H. W. (2010). Facilitating comprehension and learning of content area text for English learners. In M. Cowart & P. Dam (Eds.), Teaching English language learners: An international perspective. Arlington, VA: Canh Nam Publishers.
  • Kang, H. W. & Dutton, B. (1997). Focusing on the Process: Helping Students Develop Intercultural Competence. Multicultural Education.4(4), 19-22.
  • Kang, H. W. (1996). Helping Teachers Thrive on Diversity and Change. Teacher Education Quarterly, 23(4), 75-84.
  • Kang, H. W., Kuehn, P., & Herrell, A. (1996). The Hmong Literacy Project: Parents Working to Preserve the Past and Ensure the Future. The Journal of Educational Issues of Language Minority Students, 16, 17-32.
  • Kang, H. W. (1995). Meeting the Needs of Linguistically Diverse Students through Collaboration. The Educational Forum 59(3), 319-326.
  • Kang, H. W., Kuehn, P., & Herrell, A. (1994). The Hmong Literacy Project: A Study of Hmong Classroom Behavior. The Bilingual Research Journal, 18:(3&4), 63-83.
  • Kang, H. W. (1994). Helping Second Language Readers Learn from Content Area Text through Collaboration and Support. Journal of Reading 37(8), 646-652.
  • Kang, H. W. & Golden, A. (1994). Vocabulary Learning and Instruction in a Second or Foreign Language. International Journal of Applied Linguistics 4 (1), 57-77.
  • Kang, H. W. (1992). Cultural Interference In Second Language Reading. International Journal of Applied Linguistics 2(1), 95-119.