MYONG JIN KIM sample essay

Dear Director, I would like to express my strong interest in applying for a collegiate teaching position at the University of Maryland College Asia. I am confident that you will find my credentials best suited for the job. I have 5 years of active service in the U. S. military where I have accumulated extensive professional experience and developed a strong military commitment from which students can greatly benefit. While stationed in Germany and in between military assignments, I acquired my Associate Degree and nurtured a serious interest in developing flexible teaching methods that are most applicable in a military learning environment.

I have attended various universities including Iowa State University and National University and I expect to acquire my doctorate degree in Criminal Justice from Capella Online University by March of 2008. My exposure to various learning platforms have equipped me with the exceptional competence to teach various courses such as Criminal Justice, Criminology, and Psychology Related with Deviant Behavior in both traditional classroom and modern online settings.

My experiences have also made me sensitive to the academic situation encountered by students who are military personnel or DoD employees working fulltime and have led me to develop means of facilitating excellent learning experiences for them despite the demands of their official duties. My research interest is focused mainly on cross-cultural criminal behavior with emphasis on sojourners in host and home cultures.

Some specific research questions that I would like to address in peer reviewed journals include (1) variations of cultural level and their evidence on sojourner’s behavioral orientation and relationship pattern as crime indicators, (2) individualism-collectivism and coping with crime, (3) the links between cultural values and self-concept and social perception of crime among sojourners in host and home cultures, (4) exploring cultural value orientation and (reverse) culture shock to commit a crime, and (5) the influence of self-construal on sojourners and affiliation with gang membership.

I have enclosed my resume for your review. I look forward to discussing the details of my application with you through an interview. Thank you for your time and consideration. Sincerely, Myong Jin Kim Enclosure