Department of Organizational Leadership

Pawley Hall, Room 480B
456 Pioneer Dr.
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
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(248) 370-2730

Educational Leadership
Pawley Hall, Room 480D
(248) 370-3070
fax: (248) 370-4605

Human Resource Development
Pawley Hall, Room 475E
(248) 370-4109
fax: (248) 370-4095

Chang-kyu Kwon

Dr. Chang-kyu Kwon is an Assistant Professor of Human Resource Development in the Department of Organizational Leadership at Oakland University, MI. He is a Certified Diversity Professional with subject matter expertise in disability inclusion. Dr. Kwon’s research is informed by adult learning and development theories and seeks to create whole person organizational systems in which people with minoritized identities can be fully themselves in their work and career. He is currently serving as a member of the Oakland University Council on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, leading an initiative in partnerships with industries that aims to develop the careers of students with disabilities. He has also recently consulted with NFL Media to improve the accessibility of its services to people who are blind or visually impaired. Dr. Kwon has published seven peer-reviewed articles in leading academic journals such as Human Resource Development Quarterly and Human Resource Development Review. His research has been recognized by the Academy of Human Resource Development through its Cutting Edge Award (2019) and Richard A. Swanson Research Excellence Award (2022), and has been supported by grants from the University of Georgia, Oakland University, and the Korea Employment Agency for the Disabled.

  • Ph.D., Learning, Leadership & Organization Development, University of Georgia, 2019
  • M.A., Organizational Behavior & Evaluation, Claremont Graduate University, 2015
  • B.A., Education, Korea University, 2013
Courses Taught
  • HRD 3100 – Introduction to HRD
  • HRD 3230 – Fundamentals of Human Interaction
  • HRD 3530 – Cultural Diversity in the Workplace
  • HRD 4950 – Internship in HRD 
Areas of Expertise
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Adult Learning and Leadership
  • Organizational Development and Change
  • Workforce and Career Development
Selected Publications
  • Kwon, C., & An, S. (in press). Roads to success: The career attainment experiences of lawyers with visual impairments in South Korea. Advances in Developing Human Resources. (online first publication available at
  • Kwon, C., Han, S., & Nicolaides, A. (2021). The Transformative Learning Outcomes and Processes Survey: A validation study in the workplace context. Journal of Transformative Education, 19(4), 459-471.
  • Kwon, C. (2021). Resisting ableism in deliberately developmental organizations: A discursive analysis of the identity work of employees with disabilities. Human Resource Development Quarterly, 32(2), 179-196. (Richard A. Swanson Research Excellence Award, awarded for the most outstanding article from across all issues in the most recent volume of Human Resource Development Quarterly)
  • Kwon, C., Han, S., & Nicolaides, A. (2020). The impact of psychological safety on transformative learning in the workplace: A quantitative study. Journal of Workplace Learning, 32(7), 533-547.
  • Kwon, C. (2019). Career development of people with disabilities: Self-determination as a skill set or a mind-set? Adult Learning, 30(2), 78-83.
  • Kwon, C., & Nicolaides, A. (2019). Reconceptualizing social movement learning in HRD: An evolutionary perspective. Advances in Developing Human Resources, 21(2), 267-279.
  • Kwon, C., & Nicolaides, A. (2017). Managing diversity through triple-loop learning: A call for paradigm shift. Human Resource Development Review, 16(1), 85-99.