Junyoung Kim

Junyoung KimAssistant Professor

Academic Interests

  • Teacher education
  • Content knowledge and pedagogical content knowledge
  • Advancement of motor skill development and health-related physical fitness
  • Motivation and cognition—A primary line of research focuses on issues associated with the advancement of motor skill development and health-related physical fitness among school-aged children. This area of research is of particular importance because of the alarming rates of obesity and inactivity among school-aged children, and school physical education is now facing an urgent request of improving moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MAPA). To prevent obesity and to meet this demand, we need to identify ways in which to promote not only MVPA but also motor skill development. The intent of this line of work is to improve students’ motor skill competence and health-related fitness and to provide quality daily physical education program for all students and train effective teachers both pre-service and in continuing education.

Top Scholarly Accomplishments


  • Zhao, Q., Li, W., Kim, J., Xie, X., & Li, Y. (in press). Measuring Perceptions of Teachers’ Caring Behaviors and its Relationship to Motivational Responses in Physical Education among Middle School Students. Physical Educator. 

Selected Presentations

  • International Presentation: Goodway, J.D., Stodden, D.F., Chang, S., Kim, J, Barnett, L., & Brian, A. (2013).  Examining the relationship between motor competence and physical activity: Implications to health-based physical education. Presented at the International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. Ghent, Belgium.
  • National Conferences Chang, S., Kim, J., Goodway, J.D., Stodden, D.F., Lee, J., & Brian, A. (2013). Exploring  the relationship between motor skill competence and physical activity for children. Presented at North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity. New Orleans, LA.
  • Li, W., & Kim, J. (2013). Perceptions of caring and its relationship to motivational  responses in physical education among secondary students. Presented at the poster presentation session at the American Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance. Charlotte, NC.
  • Kim, J. Li, W., & Goodway, J.D. (2010). Relationships between achievement goals,  perceptions of motor skill competency, actual motor skill competency, and physical activity as a function of grade. Presented at poster presentation session at the American Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance.
  • Indianapolis, IN.  State Conferences  Kim, J. (2011). Increasing students’ skills and understanding of strategies in tennis through utilizing play practice approach. Presented at the Ohio Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance. Columbus, OH 

Previous Experience

Junyoung Kim is an assistant professor at Department Kinesiology at Missouri State University. He studied at the Ohio State University in teacher education physical education for his Ph.D, and worked at Miami University for a Masters' degree in sport psychology. Kim has a variety of teaching, supervision and coaching experiences. He taught differences courses within the undergraduate physical education teacher education curriculum and the basic activity classes. He also worked as an assistant coach in Women's tennis team when he was in Miami University and a high school in Hawaii,  and head coach in the republic of Korea Army.  Currently, he teaches classes in physical education teacher education. Kim is passionate about physical education and teacher education. He spends part of each week in formal and informal contexts working with teachers on professional development to improve instruction in physical education. 


Seoul, Korea


  • Playing tennis
  • Golf
  • Kayak
  • Watching movies...etc

Future Goals and Aspirations

In the near term, I would like to develop myself to become the better teacher and adviser as possible, learning as much as I can about the role and about how I can best serve the needs of the department and students. In the longer-term, I would like to become a subject matter expert in my area of research, and I would like to make an impact on our fields. 

Life Outside the University

My life outside the university are spending time with my family, traveling and taking pictures where ever I go. I also love to spend my leisure time by exercising and playing different sports and staying fit. 


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