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Poon, OiYan A.
Title/s: Assistant Professor
Specialty Area: Racial inequalities in college access; Affirmative Action and selective college admissions; Asian Americans and education; Participatory Action Research
Office #: Lewis Towers 1134, WTC
CV Link: Poon CV
Dr. OiYan Poon joined the faculty of the Higher Education program in 2012. In her teaching, Dr. Poon challenges students to critically analyze systems of higher education, student affairs practices, and to understand their power to transform oppressive structures as social justice change agents. Her primary teaching responsibilities for the Higher Education program Organization and Governance in Higher Education, Student Affairs Profession, and Critical Social Theories in Education.
Dr. Poon's research agenda addresses racial inequalities in college access, affirmative action and selective admission policies, and Asian Americans in higher education. A nationally recognized scholar, she received a 2014 Emerging Scholar Award from the American College Personnel Association (ACPA), a 2013 National Distinguished Educator award from the Pacific Education Group's Courageous Conversations Summit, and the ACPA-Asian Pacific American Network's 2008 award for Outstanding Contribution to Asian Pacific Islander & Desi Research. She has also been a featured keynote speaker at the 2014 Association of Jesuit Colleges & University's Conference on Diversity & Equity and the 2013 National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education (NCORE).
Ph.D., University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
- Higher Education
- Racial inequalities in college access and college choice
- Affirmative action and selective college admissions policies
- Asian Americans in Education
Professional & Community Affiliations
- American Educational Research Association (AERA): Division J; Research on the Education of Asian Pacific Americans (SIG): Treasurer
- Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE)
- Association of College Personnel Association (ACPA)
- Critical Race Studies in Education Association (CRSEA)
- Association for Asian American Studies (AAAS)
- ELPS 425 Student Affairs Profession in Higher Education
- ELPS 429 Critical Social Theories in Education
- ELPS 459 Organization and Governance in Higher Education
- Association of College Personnel Association Emerging Scholar Award (2014)
- Distinguished National Educator Award, Pacific Educational Group Courageous Conversations Summit (2013)
- UCLA Institute for American Cultures Fellowship, Asian American Studies Center (2011-12)
- Poon, O. (2014). "The land of opportunity doesn't apply to everyone": The immigrant experience, race, and Asian American career choices. Journal of College Student Development, 55 (6), 499-514.
- Poon, O. A. (2014). “I had a friend who had worse scores than me and he got into a better college”: The legal and social realities of the college admissions process. In S. M. McClure & C. A. Harris (Eds.), What white people think they know: Questioning conventional wisdom on race in the United States (pp. 183-198). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publishing.
- Poon, O. A. (2013). “Think about it as decolonizing our minds”: Spaces for critical race pedagogy and transformative leadership development. In S. D. Museus, D. C. Maramba, & R. T. Teranishi (Eds.), The misrepresented minority: New insights on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and their implications for higher education (pp. 294 – 310). Sterling, VA: Stylus.
- Poon, O. A. & Byrd, A. (2013). Beyond Tiger Mom anxiety: Ethnic, gender, and generational differences in Asian American college access and choices. Journal of College Admission, 221, 23 - 31.
- Poon, O. A., & Cohen, J. (2012). Charter school "miracle" in post-Katrina New Orleans?" Youth participatory action research and the future of education reform. Journal of Critical Thought and Praxis, 1 (1) 144 - 171.
- Poon, O. A. (2011). Ching Chongs & Tiger Moms: The “Asian Invasion” in U.S. Higher Education. Amerasia Journal, 37 (2), 144 - 150.
- Poon, O. A. (2009). Generational and communication gaps in the AAPI education agenda: AAPIs in the college access debate. AAPI Nexus: Policy, Practice, and Community, 7 (2), 83 – 106.
- Poon, O. A. (2009). Haunted by negative action: Asian Americans, admissions, and race in the “colorblind era.” Harvard University Asian American Policy Review, 18. http://www.hks.harvard.edu/aapr/AAPR.pdf#page=91