Jun-Hyun Kim is an associate professor and program director of the Landscape Architecture Program in the MSU School of Planning, Design & Construction. He is also the program director of the Master of Environmental Design degree. Before he joined MSU, Kim was an assistant professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning at Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, and in the Landscape Architecture Department at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, Calif.
The overarching goal of Kim’s research is to assess the influence of the natural/built environment on promoting ecological and human health outcomes. He has been involved in several research projects assessing the influence of the natural/built environment on enhancing community value and promoting public health. Kim's recent research includes the role of landscape spatial patterns on walking, physical activity, and health-related quality of life by assessing both subjective and objective measures, including self-administrated surveys, GIS, GPS, remote sensing, and landscape indices. With his work, Kim was awarded several research grants from diverse agencies, including the Active Living Research program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Based on his recent findings, with multidisciplinary collaboration with scholars having a wide range of research backgrounds, he has expanded his research agenda to assess the role of landscape design and planning on enhancing neighborhood environments with ecological perspectives.
Kim is teaching a wide spectrum of core landscape architecture courses, including introductory and advanced landscape design studios, and construction courses. He has also been involved a study abroad program in Costa Rica, and has brought more than 10 service-learning projects to his teaching. Kim has been named the recipient of several awards, including the 2017 Excellence in Teaching Award from the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA), the 2014-2015 Montague-CTE Scholar University Teaching Award, the 2014 Outstanding Instructor Award, and the 2015 Outstanding Mentor Award from TAMU. He also received the 2015 CELA Excellence in Research and Creative Works Award.