Serena Shim

Serena Shim

Professor of Educational Psychology

Curriculum Vitae


Room:TC 513

Department: Department of Educational Psychology

About Sungok Serena Shim

Dr. Shim is an associate professor in the department of educational psychology. "What motivates people?" is the core question for Dr. Shim's research. She has investigated the characteristics of schools, teachers, parents, and peers, related to students' motivation, achievement, and overall school adjustment. Her work has focused on identifying the psychological processes in which these factors may jointly and independently shape students' beliefs and perceptions, and ultimately affect their learning and well-being at school. Dr. Shim is particularly interested in the intersections between academic and social motivation during adolescence. She is the recipient of 2017 AERA Research Conference Grant and the 2017 Ball State University's Digital Scholarship Lab Faculty Fellowship Award. Supported by these awards, she is currently building prototypes of multimedia supported online math motivational intervention for elementary and middle school students. She has made numerous presentations at peer-reviewed national and international conferences and extensively published in highly respected journals in her field. She is a current Associate Editor for the journal, Educational Psychology. She also has been serving on the federal grant review panel for the last several years for the Institute of Education Sciences. Dr. Shim is currently accepting doctoral students.

Professional Experience

Associate Professor, Department of Educational Psychology, Teachers' College, Ball State University, Muncie, IN. 2012-present

Assistant Professor,
Department of Educational Psychology, Teachers' College, Ball State University, Muncie, IN. 2008- 2012

Assistant Professor,
Department of Educational Psychology, College of Education, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ, 2006-2008

Certified classroom teacher
(2nd ~ 6th grades), Miyang and Youngshin Elementary School, Seoul, South Korea. 1991-1996, 1998-2001


Ph.D. in Educational Psychology, 2006

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

M. A. in Educational Psychology, 1994

Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea

B.A. in Elementary Education, 1991

Seoul National University of Education, Seoul, Korea

Research and Publications

Sample Publications (see Vita for comprehensive list)

Shim, S. S., Wang, C. *, Makara, K., Xu, X., Xie, L., & Zhong, M. (2017). College Students' Social Goals and Psychological Adjustment: Mediation via Emotion Regulation. Journal of College Student Development, 58(8), 1237-1255.

Shim, S. S., Rubenstein, L., & Drapeau, C.* (2016). When perfectionism is coupled with low achievement: The effects on academic engagement and help seeking in middle school. Learning and Individual Differences, 45, 237-244.

Shim, S. S., & Finch, H. (2014). Academic and Social Achievement Goals and Early Adolescents' Adjustment: A Latent Class Approach. Learning and Individual differences, 30, 98-105.

Shim, S. S., Cho, Y., & Wang, C. * (2013). Classroom Goal Structures, Social Achievement Goals, and Adjustment in Middle School. Learning and Instruction, 23, 69-77. doi:10.1016/j.learninstruc.2012.05.008

Shim, S. S., Ryan, A., & Anderson, C. J. (2008). Achievement goals and achievement during early adolescence: Examining time-varying predictor and outcome variables in growth-curve analysis. Journal of Educational Psychology, 100(3), 655-671.

Ryan, A., & Shim, S. S. (2008). Young adolescents' social achievement goals: Implications for social adjustment in middle school. Journal of Educational Psychology, 100(3), 672-687.

Sample Funded Projects (see Vita for comprehensive list)

  • Digital Scholarship Lab Fellowship, 2017, Ball State University, "Development of Innovative Math Motivational Intervention for Elementary Students", Principal Investigator
  • AERA Research Conference Grant, 2017, "Use of Innovative Technology to Build Engaging Motivational Interventions for Diverse Learners.", Principal Investigator
  • 21st CCLC grant, Indiana Department of Education, Youth afterschool program focusing on math and literacy enrichment and character education. 2012-present, Evaluator 

Course Schedule
Course No. Section Times Days Location
Research Methods 640 803 0000 - 0000 OL, room ONLINE
Development Theories 720 1 1400 - 1640 T TC, room 227