Hee Jung Gong is a doctoral student at the Institute of Higher Education and works as a graduate research assistant for Dr. Rob Toutkoushian. She received two bachelor's degrees with a minor degree, graduating with academic honors from Sook-Myung Women's University in South Korea. She then earned a master's degree in education, focused on higher education, from Yonsei University in South Korea.
Prior to beginning her doctoral study at the IHE, she worked in a research position at the Center for Global Higher Education at Yonsei University and the Korean Educational Development Institute (KEDI). Also, Hee Jung was a doctoral intern for assessment and research in the Department of Student Affairs Assessment and Staff Development at UGA for the 2016-17 academic year.
Her research interests include college access, choice, and success issues, STEM education, and higher education policy. She has published research papers in peer-reviewed scholarly journals in the field of education in South Korea, and has presented papers at the ASHE, AERA, AEFP, and ISSOTL conferences in the US. She has been honorably selected as an awardee of the AERA Dissertation Grant in 2019 and is currently preparing her doctoral dissertation.