Union Theological Seminary Student Life


Su Yon Pak '99

Su Pak

Senior Director & Associate Professor of Integrative and Field Based Education


3041 Broadway, AD 110
New York, NY 10027



Ed.D., Religion and Education, Teachers College of Columbia University/Union Theological Seminary, 1999

M.A., Christian Education, Princeton Theological Seminary, 1985

B.A., Chemistry, Cornell University, 1982

Certificate, Institute on Educational Management, Harvard University, 2008

Certificate, Fundraising, New York University, 2005


Dr. Su Yon Pak is the Senior Director and Associate Professor of Integrative and Field-based Education at Union Theological Seminary. In this hybrid faculty-administrator position, she envisions, creates and oversees the curricular and co-curricular work of the Office of Integrative Education including Field Education, Clinical Pastoral Education, Life-long Learning, Ministerial Formation, and the Edible Churchyard. Prior to her current position, she was the Vice President for Institutional Advancement; and the Associate Dean for Student Life/ Director of Recruitment at Union.

Native of South Korea, Dr. Pak immigrated to NYC at the age of 10. She has since lived in Scotland where she worked at Shakti Women’s Aid in Edinburgh, a women’s shelter and center for women of color. In 1993, Dr. Pak made her home in NYC and received her doctorate from the joint Teachers College – Union Theological Seminary program in Religion and Education. She has taught at Teachers College Columbia University, Mercy College, and Auburn Theological Seminary. 

Her life and research passion include: food justice, criminal justice, the elderly and spirituality, religious women’s leadership, and integrative education and critical pedagogies.  Dr. Pak’s recent publications include: “Women Leadership in Asian American Protestant Churches” in Religious Leadership: A Reference Handbook by SAGE Publications; “Coming Home/Coming Out: Reflections of a Queer Family and the Challenge of Eldercare In The Diaspora” in The Journal Of Theology And Sexuality, and “Leadership and the Academy” an article for the Religious Studies News of the American Academy of Religion. Dr. Pak co-authored, “Attentive Teaching in Diverse Communities and Lifelong Faith Formation” in Lifelong Faith, Singing the Lord’s Song in a New Land: Korean American Practices of Faith and Searching for Home in the Bible: Home is the Place Where Our Stories Are Told.  Her other publications include, “I’s Wide Shut: Eyelid Surgery as a Window into the Spirituality of Korean American Adolescent Girls” in The Sacred Selves of Adolescent Girls.

Dr. Pak is currently working on a book called, Untangling the Yarn: Meditations on Remembering, Forgetting and the In-between Place Called “Home” and co-editing an anthology, Setting the Table: Wisdom Leadership of Pacific, Asian, North American Asian Women Ministers, Activists and Scholars (tentative title).

Dr. Pak is the recipient of numerous fellowships, grants and awards including the Louisville Institute Project Grant for Researchers, Cross Currents’ Coolidge Fellowship, Lilly Theological Research Grant, Valparaiso Project Grant on Faith Practices and Robert Wood Lynn Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Dr. Pak is the chair of the Status of Women in the Profession Committee of the American Academy of Religion (AAR) and has served as the co-chair of the Asian North American Religion, Culture and Society program unit and as a steering committee member of the Women and Religion Section of the AAR. She is on the faculty advisory board of Pacific Asian North American Asian Women in Theology and Ministry (PANAAWTM). She is a past board member of the Religious Institute. Deeply committed to interfaith theological education, Dr. Pak serves on the advisory board of the Center for Pastoral Education at the Jewish Theological Seminary. She volunteers at the Bedford Correctional Facility, the only maximum security New York State prison for women. She is an active Ruling Elder of the First Presbyterian Church in the City of New York.


Field Education Seminar: Part-Time Concurrent Internship I (Fall and Spring)

Field Education Seminar: Part-Time Concurrent Internship II (Fall and Spring)

Summer Ministries

Full-Time Internship

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