Jihyun Kim, Ph.D.

Jihyun Kim-Vick, Ph.D.

Fashion Design & Merchandising
TT - Graduate Program Coordinator & Professor
Office Location:
Room 218N Rockwell Hall
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Through her research program, Dr. J focuses on developing the theoretical and empirical foundations to understand consumer motivations in the consumption and disposal phases.  She investigates influencing factors extending the consumption duration of the fashion goods, which in turn reduces its environmental impact.  In her most recent project, she examines key motivations behind “refurbishing, reusing, and reselling” of fashion goods to deepen the understanding of the ecosystem of fashion resale market in the US, powered by sharing economy, mindfulness, and technologically-driven peer-to-peer marketplace.


Dr. J’s teaching philosophy focuses on facilitating students’ learning experience in gaining foundational skills and competencies for their careers, as well as their lives. In her classroom, students learn to be independent yet collaborative problem-solver through analyzing historical business data and industry trends.  Her primary teaching encompasses fashion entrepreneurship, apparel and accessories industry, and conscious leadership and social responsibility. 


Dr. J. earned her B.S. in home economics education from Korea University, M.A. in apparel and textiles (apparel design) from Michigan State University, and Ph.D. in textiles and clothing from Iowa State University.




From 2014 to 2019, Dr. Kim served as faculty store director of the Fashion School Store (FSStore). During her leadership, she has developed a FSStore handbook, led the curatorial committee, guided faculty/student collaborations, develop its private label, BESPOKE, planned special events and overseen store operation among others. In April 2015, she and her FSStore team successfully relocated the physical store from Acorn Alley II to current location on East Erie Street.  She also worked closely with the architect to complete the build-out. In 2017, a relaunch of the FSSTORE was possible through a multidisciplinary pedagogical project in collaboration with Visual Communication Design and Architectural Studies.  Under her leadership, she hired 3 store managers and numerous student employees.


From 2015 to 2019, she led the fashion merchandising program by facilitating the on-going discussion regarding curriculum refinement and overseeing annual outcome assessment and reporting. At the university level, she served as one of two College of the Arts representatives on the Faculty Senate from 2015-2017.  She has been serving as a Fashion School representative for the AAUP-KSU chapter since 2018.


Starting July 2019, she serves as graduate studies coordinator to advance the level of practical research-based collaborations between the fashion industry and graduate students and to share the practice-based research outcome from the Master of Fashion Industry Studies program with stakeholders in the industry and academia.   



  • 2019.  Honorable Mention for Excellence in Faculty Mentoring Award, recognized by the Provost Office, Kent State University 
  • 2019.  Best Presentation Award, awarded by the IEDRC, at 2019 6th International Conference on Advances in Management Sciences, Milan, Italy
  • 2018.  ITAA Mid-Career Excellence Award, presented at the 2018 Annual Conference of International Textile and Apparel Association in Cleveland, OH
  • 2018.  Educators for Socially Responsible Apparel Practices (ESRAP) 2018 Teaching Awardat the 2018 ITAA Annual Conference in Cleveland, OH
  • 2017.  Distinguished Achievement in Research or Creative Activity Award, presented by College of the Arts, Kent State University
  • 2016.  Identified as Top Contributor to Fashion Marketing Research, appeared in a research article published in Clothing and Textile Research Journal
  • 2010.  Paper of Distinction Award in Consumer Behavior Track, the 67th Annual Conference of International Textile and Apparel Association.
  • 2008.  Excellence in Research and Creative Scholarship Award, awarded by the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, Virginia Tech.     
  • 2005.  Highly Commended Paper Award, Emerald Literati Network Awards of Excellence.
  • 2004.  Doctoral Student Best Paper Award, at the 61st Annual Conference of ITAA, Portland, Oregon
  • 2001.  PatternWorks International Graduate Student Design Award, at the 58th Annual Conference of ITAA, Kansas City, Missouri

Selected Funded Projects

  • 2014.  Kim, J., & Campbell, J. R.  Cotton Incorporated guest speaker series: The role of the cotton fiber and cotton textile in the textile and apparel industry. 2015 Cotton Student Sponsorship Program. Cotton Incorporated. Awarded $27,000. (PI: 75%)
  • 2011.  Kim, J.  Adoption of digital textile printing technology to create wearable art. 2011-2012 Jerry Niles Dean’s Faculty Research Award. CLAHS, Virginia Tech. Awarded $3,000. (sole PI)
  • 2009.  Kim, J.  Strategic buyout grant. Allocation of Special Funds to Support External Funding, Office of Vice President for Research-CLAHS, Virginia Tech. Awarded $5,000, in conjunction with departmental matching grant of additional course release. Total awarded $10,000. (sole PI)
  • 2008.  Kincade, D. H., & Kim, J. The impact of cotton in the textile and apparel industry: Professional perspectives. Importer Support Program by Cotton Incorporated. Awarded $35,000. (Co-PI: 25%)

Selected Refereed Publications

  • Kim, J. (Accepted). Self-monitoring. In J. Van den Bulck, D. Ewoldsen, M.-L. Mares, & E. Scharrer (Eds.),International encyclopedia of media psychology.New York, NY: John Wiley & Sons.
  • Kim, J., & Hahn, K. H. Y. (2019). Impacts of self-monitoring tendency and mobile phone dependency on salience of mobile phone case product attributes.The Research Journal of the Costume Culture, 27(6), 666-680. https://doi.org/10.29049/rjcc.2019.27.6.666
  • Kim, J., & Bhaduri, G. (2019). Self-monitoring tendency and fashion involvement: Antecedents and consequences of mass-customized fashion products in a gift-giving context. Journal of Global Fashion Marketing, 10(4), 324-341. 
  • Kim, J. (2019). Luxury fashion goods ownership and collecting behavior in an omni-channel retail environment: Empirical findings from affluent consumers in the US. Research Journal of Textile & Apparel, , 23(3), 212-231https://doi.org/10.1108/RJTA-01-2019-0001 
  • Bhaduri, G., & Kim, J. (2018). Impact of individual’s regulatory focus on value perceptions of and willingness to invest towards online mass-customized fashion. Fashion, Industry and Education, 16(1), 1-18. 
  • Yu, U.-J., & Kim, J. (2018). Comparing financial productivity issues of offshore and “Made-in-USA” domestic production strategies through reshoring. Journal of Fashion Marketing and Management: An International Journal, 22(3), 317-334.
  • Kim, J. (2017). Impacts of technological advancements on consumer’s decision-making and behavior in the fashion retail industry. Journal of Textile Engineering and Fashion Technology, 3(3). 00101.
  • Roth, A., Kim, J., & Kincade, D. H. (2017). Businesswomen’s choice of professional dress: Model development for dress perception. Journal of Global Fashion Marketing, 8(4), 313-325.
  • Kim, J., & Joung, H.-M. (2016). Psychological underpinnings regarding luxury brand goods repurchase intentions: Brand-self congruity, emotional attachment, and perceived level of investment made toward luxury brand goods. Journal of Global Scholars of Marketing Science, 26(3), 284-299.
  • Kim, J., & Lee, H.-H. (2015). Impacts of U.S. affluent consumers’ luxury goods consumption beliefs on repeat purchases of luxury goods: Generational and gender comparison analyses. Journal of Global Fashion Marketing, 6(3), 207-221.
  • Kim, J., & Hahn, K. H. (2015). The effects of self-monitoring tendency on young adult consumers' mobile dependency. Computers in Human Behavior, 50, 169-176.
  • Kim, J., & Lee, H.-H. (2014). “I love the value of shopping at mass merchants!” Consequences of multichannel shopping value. Journal of Marketing Channels, 21(1), 18-30.
  • Hahn, K. H. Y., & Kim, J. (2013). Salient antecedents of mobile shopping intentions: Media dependency, fashion leadership, and peer influences. Journal of Global Fashion Marketing, 4(4), 225-246.
  • Kim, J., & Hahn, K. H. Y. (2012). Effects of personal traits on Generation Y consumers' attitudes toward the use of mobile devices for communication and commerce. Human Technology: An Interdisciplinary Journal on Humans in ICT Environments, 8(2), 133-157.
  • Kim, J., & Lee, H.-H. (2011). The impact of shopping orientations on U.S. consumer retail channel choice behavior toward luxury goods purchases. Journal of Global Fashion Marketing, 2(4), 188-199.
  • Kim, J. (2010). Perceived apparel quality revisited: Testing its structural dimensions from the perspective of the Generation Y female consumers.  Journal of Global Fashion Marketing, 1(4), 239-248.
  • Kim, J., & Damhorst, M. L. (2010). Effects of level of Internet retailer's service quality on perceived apparel quality, perceived service quality, perceived value, satisfaction, and behavioral intentions toward an Internet retailer. Clothing and Textiles Research Journal, 28(1), 56-73.
  • Kim, J., Ma, Y.-J., & Park, J. (2009).  Are US consumers ready to adopt mobile technology for fashion goods? An integrated theoretical approach. Journal of Fashion Marketing and Management, 13(2), 215-230.
  • Fiore, A. M., & Kim, J. (2007). An integrative framework capturing experiential and utilitarian shopping experience. International Journal of Retail and Distribution Management, 35(6), 421-442.
  • Park, J., & Kim, J. (2007). The importance of perceived consumption delay in Internet shopping: Time-related information, time risk, attitude, and purchase intention. Clothing and Textiles Research Journal, 25(1), 24-41. 
  • Kim, J., & Park, J. (2005). A consumer shopping channel extension model: Attitude shift toward the online retailer. Journal of Fashion Marketing and Management, 9(1), 106-121.

Selected Juried Exhibits

Celestial Symphony. Designed by J. Kim and K. H. Y. Hahn

  • Juried live gallery exhibition – Target Market category at the annual conference of ITAA, New Orleans, LA, Oct 15-18, 2013. *ATEXINC Award for Excellence in Marketable Textile Design - Professional Level  

Amber Refraction. Designed by K. H. Y. Hahn and J. Kim

  • Juried live gallery exhibition – Wearable Art category at the annual conference of ITAA, New Orleans, LA, Oct 15-18, 2013. **Cotton Incorporated Innovations in Cotton Design Award,1st Place - Professional Level

Flying Cranes. Completed in May 2012, by J. Kim and K. H. Y. Hahn

  • Juried mounted exhibition at the 104th Annual Conference and Expo of AAFCS, Huston, TX, June 26-29, 2013.
  • Juried live gallery exhibition at the 17th Bi-annual International Conference of SDA, San Antonio, TX, June 6-9, 2013.

Ohelo Refractions. Completed in May 2012, by K. H. Y. Hahn and J. Kim

  • Juried mounted exhibition at the 104th Annual Conference and Expo of AAFCS, Huston, TX, June 26-29, 2013.

  • Juried live gallery exhibition at the 17th Bi-Annual International Conference of SDA, San Antonio, TX, June 6-9, 2013.
  • Juried live gallery exhibition – Wearable Art category at the 69th ITAA Conference, Honolulu, HI, November 13-16, 2012.

Harmony in nature. Completed in May 2009, by J. Kim

  • Juried live gallery exhibition – Wearable Art category, “Textile Fusion: An Interactive Fashion Performance,” at the 15th Bi-annual International Conference of SDA, Kansas City, MO, June 2009.

Hestia. Completed in May 2003, by J. Kim

  • Juried live gallery exhibition – graduate student Wearable Art category at the 60th ITAA Conference, Savannah, GA, November 2003.

Korean traditional bridal gown: Hwal-ot. Completed in June 2001, by J. Kim 

  • Juried fiber art live gallery exhibition – graduate student Wearable Art category at the 58th ITAA Annual Conference, Kansas City, MO, November 2001. *Winner of PatternWorks International Graduate Student Award
  • Juried live gallery exhibition – graduate student Wearable Art category at the Annual CSA National Symposium, Chicago, IL, June 2002.