Dr. Piljoo Kang


  • Ph.D. Child and Adolescent Development, ­University of California Santa Barbara
  • ­M.A. Linguistics, California State University Northridge
  • M.A. ­Biblical Studies and Theology, Fuller Theological Seminary
  • ­M.Ed. Human Development, Harvard University
  • B.A. Psychology, ­University of California Berkeley


  • Online Teaching Grant (2021) California State University Northridge
  • Community Catalyst Grant (2021, 2020) Society for Personality and Social Psychology
  • Research Grant (2020) Association for Christians in Student Development
  • Small Research Grant (2020) Society for Personality and Social Psychology
  • Motivating Learners (2020) Motivate Lab University of Virginia
  • Vulcan Teaching Excellence Award (2020) Toccoa Falls College
  • Faculty of Impact Certificate (2018) Toccoa Falls College
  • eLearning Project and Institute Grant (2017) California State University Northridge
  • Blended Learning Certification (2016) Azusa Pacific University
  • Learning-Centered Projects Grant (2015) California State University Northridge


  • American Psychological Association
    • Division 8: Society for Personality and Social Psychology
    • Division 36: Society for the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality
  • The American Educational Research Association
  • Society for Research in Adolescence & Society for Research on Child Development

Research Interests:

  • White Racial Identity Development
  • Mentoring Relationships
  • Adolescent Spiritual Development

Scholarly Work and Publications:

When I’m away from the classroom, I enjoy:

  • Walking
  • Listening to operas
  • Doing jig­saw puzzles
  • binge watching sci-fi and action movies

When did you begin teaching at TFC?

  • 2016

What courses do you teach at TFC?

  • Child & Family Advocacy
  • Curriculum Development for Church Ministries
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Lifespan Development for Marriage & Family Therapy Program
  • Marriage and Family Relationships
  • Research Methods
  • Social Psychology
  • Western Thought & Culture

What is your favorite aspect of TFC?

  • Beautiful trees and students’ willingness to listen to God’s voice

People might be interested to know:

  • I have three children living in California and New York

Favorite verse/quote:

  • Jonah 4:11

“And should not I pity Nineveh, that great city, in which there are more than 120,000 persons who do not know their right hand from their left, and also much cattle?”

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