Dr. Kwiryung Yun

Dean of the School of Social Work

Ph.D., M.S.W. University of Wisconsin
B.S.W. Sacred Heart (Sung Shim) College for Women

Dr. Kwi Yun has been a leader of the Nyack social work program for the last 18 years, first as director of the Bachelor of Social Work program and then as the dean of the School of Social Work. With the vision of preparing students to become “competent and compassionate catalysts,” who are rooted in their relationship with Christ, she implemented curriculum, along with social work faculty members, that integrates social work education with a Christian worldview developing a context that facilitates spiritual formation.

Desiring to provide students with the opportunity to learn beyond their own boundaries, she created an international social work course and has been leading an annual Global Service-Learning trip to the Philippines for the past 10 years. The trip explores the issues of poverty and sex trafficking while developing relationships with children and their families in the community.

Dr. Yun’s research interests are stress, coping, and self-care among social work students, and the impact of the international trip on the students. She has presented her papers at numerous professional conferences including Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and North American Association of Christians in Social Work (NACSW).

She earned her Ph.D. and MSW from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI and her BSW from the Sacred Heart College for Women in South Korea. She also worked as a mental health counselor and hospital social worker before joining Nyack College.