Jayoung Song received her Ph.D. in Foreign Language Education from the University of Texas at Austin. She also holds a M.A. in Foreign Language Education from the University of Texas at Austin and B.A. in Linguistics from Kyung Hee University in South Korea. Her research interests include intercultural competence, language learning via technology, second language acquisition, and language assessment. Her work is published in various journals including Recall, Language Learning & Technology, RELC, and The Korean Language in America.
Prior to joining Rice, Jayoung taught all levels of upper and lower division Korean languages at Johns Hopkins University and she received a faculty-student collaboration award every semester. Jayoung is the recipient of numerous gift donation and teaching/research grants (summing to over $134,000.00). Some of her grants include: SK innovation donation for Korean language program, G. Brown Teaching Grant, Teaching Innovation Fund, Course Development Grant, Humanities Research Grant, CLIC Summer Grant, ETS Doctoral Research Grant. These grants helped her establish scholarship for the Rice-in-Korea CLIC summer study-abroad program and develop authentic teaching materials with virtual reality (VR). Her VR materials are uploaded to her personal website http://jayoungs.rice.edu/ and the CLIC website, http://clicvr.rice.edu. At Rice, she was chosen as Favorite Professor at Brown and Lovett. She is a Brown Associate and Faculty Advisor of Korean Student Association, Korean International Student Association, and Korean Graduate Student Association.