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Texas State researcher receives FCSRJ Emerging Scholar Award

Posted by Jayme Blaschke
University News Service
August 13, 2012

Emerging scholar award

Jiyun Kang (left) receives her award from Sharon DeVaney, editor of the Family & Consumer Sciences Research Journal.

Jiyun Kang, an assistant professor in the School of Family and Consumer Sciences at Texas State University-San Marcos, has received the Family and Consumer Sciences Research Journal (FCSRJ) Emerging Scholar Award for 2011.

Kang was honored recently at the 103rd Annual Conference of the American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) in Indianapolis, Ind. This is the second year the award has been presented.

The award was presented to Kang by Sharon DeVaney, editor of the Family & Consumer Sciences Research Journal. The recipient of the award must be a tenure track assistant professor, the topic of the research article must be original, the research design and methodology must demonstrate high standards and the article should have the potential to make a lasting contribution to theory and/or practice in family and consumer sciences. Of the 26 articles published in 2011, seven articles were authored by assistant professors.

Kang's article was titled "Social Shopping for Fashion: Development and Validation of a Multidimensional Scale." Based on a random sample of students from Texas State, Kang used in-depth interviews and an online survey to develop and test a five-dimensional scale with 16 behavioral items. She concluded social shopping consisted of five dimensions: social browsing, social bonding, opinion showing, power seeking and new socio-networking. The article was published in the June 2011 issue.

Kang received her BA from Korea University, an MBA from Seoul National University and her Ph.D. from Louisiana State University. Kang is also conducting research on sustainable consumption.

The Family & Consumer Sciences Research Journal publishes original research in all areas of family and consumer sciences. AAFCS, the sponsor organization of the journal, is the only national not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization that provides leadership and support to family and consumer science professionals in education, research, business, and not-for-profit organizations.